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Drug- and alcohol-related ED visits increase the risk for violence in healthcare

OSHA Healthcare Connection, October 19, 2010

“There is one indisputable fact regarding hospital security: ED workers and behavioral health workers are the most at risk in the entire building when it comes to violent situations,” according to a report on Hospital Safety Center (HSC).

EDs saw an increase in drug- or alcohol-related visits from 1.6 million in 2005 to nearly 2 million in 2008. Commensurately, the number of drug or alcohol visits resulting in violence jumped from 16,277 in 2006 to 21,406 in 2008, the HSC report said.

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