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Workplace Violence in Health Care Can’t Be the Norm - August 10, 2017, 2:00 PM ET
- Pat Folcarelli, RN, PhD, Interim Vice President, Silverman Institute for Health Care Quality and Safety, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC)
- Marsha Mauer, RN, MS, Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President, BIDMC
- Christopher Casey, Director of Security Services, BIDMC
Violence against medical staff is on the rise in the US. The circumstances, sources, and types of violent behavior vary — everything from verbal threats to deadly shootings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, around 50% of all workplace assaults occur in health care settings and some studies put the number even higher. While most health care-related incidents occur in hospital emergency departments or on psychiatric wards, violent acts and threats can happen in any care setting and caregivers are increasingly concerned for their safety.