Injury Prevention| Volume 32, ISSUE 6, P523-524, December 2006

Preventing Staff Injuries From Violence

Published:October 18, 2006DOI:
      This past summer, a pregnant emergency nurse was severely beaten by a mentally ill patient while she was providing care for another patient. She was knocked unconscious and required hospitalization. Another nurse was exposed to pepper spray that was in a patient's purse and required treatment. These examples bring attention once again to the issue of workplace violence and the need for emergency departments to develop methods to prevent injuries to staff and patients. These particular incidents were reported on the Internet, but many incidents continue to go unreported.The primary risk factor for violent or threatening behavior from an individual is a past history of violence.
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      Reneé Semonin Holleran is Nurse Manager, Adult Transport Services, Intermountain Life Flight, Salt Lake City, Utah.