V – Violence in Health Care

S.D. Gates

Greenwich Hospital

It’s a little known fact, that as a group health care workers experience more non-fatal violence in the workplace than any other industry.  Statistics indicate the highest incidence of violence is against nurses, mental health worker and security staff. These non-fatal assaults include hitting, punching, biting and having things thrown at them, but occasionally can be as devastatingly extreme as shootings and rape.  Non-fatal assaults in health care account for 70% of all violent assaults across all industries.

Now, in my mind hospitals should be really safe place, with hushed halls and people who speak in low, soothing tones and the swishing of crisp uniforms going through the halls.  Unfortunately, that is not the case anymore.  I have experienced it.  I have had things thrown at me by patients and their families (and one time by an Obstetrician – that’s another story).  I have been kicked and bitten. I have…

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