Safety

Spot the signs that can lead to ED violence

Hospital Safety Insider, March 12, 2015

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Understanding the origins of patient violence, setting up your facility’s environment properly, and getting both your staff and administration's support are all key elements to making your ED a safer and less violent place.

That's the message delivered from hospital safety experts during a recent HCPro webcast, "Preventing Violence in the ED: Designing an Effective Violence Prevention Program."
 
In the 90-minute program, Lisa Pryse Terry, CHPA, CPP, director of Hospital Police & Transportation at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, and Tony York, CPP, CHPA, MBA, CEO and senior vice president of security for HSS in Denver, led a lively discussion about how hospitals can prepare for patient violence, as well as active shooters and other violent incidents.
 
While patient violence is unfortunately an "accepted" hazard of the healthcare industry, a growing number of active shooter incidents in hospitals have led to concern in the healthcare industry and a drive to train staff members to faster de-escalate potentially violent situations, and to better design ERs to help contain violent intruders and protect staff members.
 
This is an excerpt from an article in Briefings on Hospital Safety. Visit here to log in or subscribe.



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