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IAHSS report suggests risk mitigation for violence in healthcare facilities

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, January 1, 2018

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An international watchdog for safety and security in healthcare facilities has released a report that says what many experts have been saying for some time: Healthcare facilities need to take steps now to mitigate violent incidents.

The International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety Foundation (IAHSS) in August 2017 released a report to address strategies to prevent workplace violence in healthcare.

The report, titled Mitigating the Risk of Workplace Violence in Health Care Settings, breaks down stressors and risk factors that can trigger disruptive and sometimes violent behavior. It also addresses recently passed regulations handed down by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and The Joint Commission that each require healthcare facilities to take action on violence prevention.

“Violence in the workplace continues to be a major problem in medical facilities, despite a decline in overall assault rates nationally in recent years,” the report’s authors wrote. “Why are people in these environments so vulnerable? And what can hospitals, emergency care units and mental health facilities do to better protect staff, patients and visitors?”

The IAHSS touts itself as the only organization solely dedicated to professionals involved in managing and directing healthcare security and safety programs. Its membership includes more than 2,000 healthcare security, law enforcement, safety, and emergency management leaders.

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