Stopping patient violence against nurses

Posted Aug. 31, 2011, at 4:58 p.m.

The Tennessean reports that hospitals are coming under increased scrutiny as nurses and other employees become more willing to go public about how often and how severely they are attacked and injured by patients. The story references the federal penalty imposed earlier this year against The Acadia Hospital in Bangor after workers complained of an unsafe work environment.

“The increased focus on prevention comes after a national organization representing ER workers exposed the hidden scabs behind nurses’ uniforms. Between 8 percent and 13 percent of nurses are victims of physical violence every week, according to a survey conducted by the Emergency Nurses Association.

Another survey, this one conducted by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, determined that violent incidents committed in emergency rooms by patients with drug and alcohol problems increased 31.5 percent from 2006 to 2008.”

Read the full story here.

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