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Treating violence beyond the ER

Hospital Safety Insider, February 4, 2016

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Violence intervention specialists have been working at hospitals such as the University of Maryland Medical Center for nearly 10 years to help prevent patient violence, according to a January 28 report from WCAU-TV. Teams work with patients who are victims of violent injuries-stabbings, gunshots, or physical assaults-and are identified by physicians as candidates for the program's assistance.

According to the report, Maryland is a pioneer in this type of coordinated effort, having launched its anti-violence program in 1998. Now, about 30 hospitals across the country-from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York-have developed similar initiatives.

The interventionists follow what the report says is Maryland's "wraparound" approach, which involves following up with patients after they leave the hospital, and providing medical and social support to keep them out of harm's way-by, for example, getting them into drug rehab or education classes for people who have not finished high school. The hospitals are acting on the notion that keeping violent injury from recurring will ultimately reduce their expenses and improve patients' long-term health.

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