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Web site spotlight: Five easy ways to protect staff from violent patients

Nurse Leader Insider, November 9, 2009

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When a professional fighter allegedly went haywire in a Nevada hospital and attacked nurses, it briefly brought some national attention to a long-standing problem: violence against healthcare workers.

Of course, it's not just famous people or athletes who can cause trouble, which makes the challenge of protecting hospital employees daunting.

If your security team hasn't reviewed hospital violence procedures recently, it's time for you to start such an assessment because problems in the emergency department (ED) may get worse soon, said Fredrick Roll, MA, CHPA-F, CPP, president and principal consultant at Healthcare Security Consultants, Inc., in Frederick, CO.

Federal healthcare reform could increase wait times in EDs across the country, and prolonged wait times are the number one reason for violence in those settings, Roll told attendees at the American Society for Healthcare Engineering's annual conference in August in Anaheim, CA.

Editor’s note: To read the rest of this article, visit “Five easy ways to protect staff from violent patients” found in the Reading Room at www.StrategiesForNurseManagers.com.

Do you need continuing education (CE) credits? Check out this month’s CE article to learn about forming patient advisory boards or visit our archives and view a compilation of CE articles (marked with an asterisk).



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