Workplace Violence Prevention – Additional Resources

PUBLISHED: Apr 20, 2018
Relevant to: All Healthcare Organizations

This week The Joint Commission (TJC) issued Sentinel Event #59 addressing physical and verbal violence against health care workers. See the StayAlert! Notice published on April 17, 2018 for a complete review of that Sentinel Event Alert. Today’s notice provides additional resources related to workplace violence prevention.

The evidence is clear, workplace violence is an enormous challenge in healthcare settings. Healthcare workers face significant risk of job-related violence. Violence in healthcare facilities takes many forms, verbal threats, verbal abuse and physical attacks. Violence can be perpetrated by patients, family or staff and the statistics on incidents of violence in healthcare settings is disturbing:

  • Approximately 75% of almost 25,000 workplace assaults reported annually occur in healthcare and social service settings.
  • TJC Sentinel Event data reveals 68 incidents of homicide, rape, or assault of hospital staff members over an eight-year period.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics data reveals violence-related injuries are four times more likely to cause health care workers to take time off from work than other kinds of injuries.

Workplace Violence programs should include specific training for all employees on methods to de-escalate potential violence. Included with today’s notice are example policies related to violence intervention and de-escalation, recognizing inappropriate behavior and conduct to minimize violence.

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