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Briefing on Hospital Safety: Securing forensic and behavioral health patients

Hospital Safety Insider, November 3, 2016

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Securing forensic and behavioral health patients

Unpredictably violent patients present a growing danger to hospital staff with no easy solutions

As much as 90% of hospitals in the U.S. treat a few hundred to a few thousand forensic patients per year, and over 500 to as many as 10,000 psychiatric patients per year, according to recent International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) crime surveys.

These patients tend to carry the highest risks of violence and aggression when compared to the general patient population, according to Thomas Smith, director of hospital police and transportation at the University of North Carolina Hospital, Chapel Hill, and a past president of IAHSS. In following up member responses to the survey, Smith adds, coping with problems posed by prisoner and mental health patients ranked first and second in IAHSS member concerns.

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