Monday, November 23, 2015

Hospital Violence On The Rise

Minnesota incident highlights hospital-law
enforcement tensions

Hospital violence is on the rise, but healthcare leaders face the difficult task of taking measures to prevent it without compromising the open, healing environment of their organizations. The key, according to an article by StatNews, is to develop effective strategies that go beyond simply reacting to individual incidents. 
The Joint Commission is taking a closer look at institutions and agencies developing innovative anti-violence strategies, according to the article. For example, the Veterans Health Administration has a large-scale, ongoing anti-violence initiative, which teaches healthcare workers four levels of behavioral-management training, as well as communications skills for those at higher risk for verbal abuse. Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have also recently embarked on initiatives to understand and prevent incidents.
Rather than being reactive, healthcare professionals must understand the various reasons hospital violence occurs, according to the article. While many attackers turn violent spontaneously due to mental illness, drugs or unexpected news of a loved one's death, others plan attacks beforehand. It's vital that healthcare workers understand the distinction, as there is far less risk involved in attempting to reason with the former. For example, the high-profile shooting of a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston involved the son of a recently-deceased patientFierceHealthcare previously reported.
Even as the healthcare industry works to safeguard against violence on a larger scale, many individual incidents of violence against nurses are shrugged off,according to a separate StatNews article. Nurses are at higher risk of assault than doctors, but say they are often discouraged from pressing charges against attackers. As a result, many nurses feel it's a waste of time to report such incidents at all.
Meanwhile, the October shooting of a sheriff's deputy in St. Cloud, Minnesota, has hospitals across the state assessing their security protocols, according to theMinneapolis Star Tribune. The incident has also prompted an examination of ongoing disputes about whether hospital officials or law enforcement are responsible for preventing such incidents, since the shooter was not under arrest at the time he was taken to the hospital. Federal regulators, reviewing the incident, faulted the hospital for ordering a 72-hour observational hold on the shooter but giving him no psychiatric treatment. Many hospitals, to avoid such friction with law enforcement, have created their own police departments.

[All Hail the Dirty Money, . . . Drug Money.]

To learn more:
- here's the first StatNews article and the second article
- check out the Star Tribune article

If Hospitals or anyone else in HC bothered to look beyond the tip of their profit packing noses, they wouldn't be Having this problem. 

Psychiatric drugs which the FDA knows and has confirmed are the Primary Suspect Drug CAUSING Violent HOMICIDES, are illegal, but so long as the Benjamins keep rolling in they'll keep selling them and to Hell with now not only the patient/consumer, but to Hell with their co-workers and apparently, themselves too.

Hospitals could Start by kicking the table rapping drug pushers off their premises, but, . . . 

Naw, too much dirty money in selling the con.

Now they're down to not caring if their own 'Medical Ethics' turn around and bite them right on the, uh, ankles. 

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