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How Healthcare Facilities Can Prepare for and Respond to Patient Violence

Recently, Security Magazine published an article discussing ways to address patient violence in healthcare facilities and hospitals.

The article draws on sobering statistics that reveal how violence that stems from patients and patient visitors produces both considerable risk and concern in the healthcare industry.

The American College of Physicians notes that healthcare workers are at an increased risk for workplace violence. From 2002 to 2013, workplace violence incidents that required days off for injured workers to recuperate were, on average, four times more common in healthcare than in private industry.

In a 2017 report, the ACP also notes that beyond the human toll, workplace violence in the hospital takes a financial toll. Hospitals spent approximately $1.1 billion in security and training costs to prevent violence within their facilities, plus $429 million in medical care, staffing, indemnity and other costs related to violence against hospital workers.

Communication about how to manage incidents