Let’s Stop Violence against Healthcare Professionals
From 2002 to 2013, incidents of serious workplace violence (those requiring days off for the injured worker to recuperate) were four times more common in healthcare than in private industry on average. In 2013, the broad “healthcare and social assistance” sector had 7.8 cases of serious workplace violence per 10,000 full-time employees (see graph below). Other large sectors such as construction, manufacturing, and retail all had fewer than two cases per 10,000 full-time employees.
- Too-early release of injured and unstable patients due to insurance guidelines
- Available narcotics in hospital settings attract addicts
- Fights between patients and between patients’ families (if the victims of a street fight are transported to the E.D., and both sides of the fight end up in the same hospital, the fight might continue there)Frustration at hospital and insurance policies
- It must be dramatically reduced. Those who care for others deserve a safe workplace.
- After-action reports are critical learning tools. Who is causing harm, where in the facility, and when? Precise knowledge helps define safety improvements.
- Train all employees to diffuse violent situations, report threats, and defend themselves, their colleagues and their patients.
- Regularly exercise plans, policies, and procedures aimed at reducing assaults, and improve them after each exercise.
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