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SDW news brief: Shooting gives hospital violence prime time attention

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, September 24, 2010

Last week saw a murder-suicide at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore that also left an attending physician with a serious gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Fortunately, at this writing, the victim, David B. Cohen, MD, a 45-year-old orthopedic surgeon, father of two young children, and all around "good friend and nice guy" to co-workers at the hospital, is expected to make a strong recovery.

If any sliver of good can be plucked from this mindless tragedy, it may be the raising of public awareness about the extent of violence in our nation's hospitals. Even before this latest attack, the issue of hospital violence had begun to be seen on the radar screen for the mainstream media. The Associated Press, for example, wrote a widely distributed piece on the dangers faced by emergency department workers.

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Source: HealthLeaders Media

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