Violence: occupational hazards in hospitals.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2002-101, 2002 Apr; :1-10
All hospitals should develop a comprehensive violence prevention program. No universal strategy exists to prevent violence. The risk factors vary from hospital to hospital and from unit to unit. Hospitals should form multidisciplinary committees that include direct-care staff as well as union representatives (if available) to identify risk factors in specific work scenarios and to develop strategies for reducing them. All hospital workers should be alert and cautious when interacting with patients and visitors. They should actively participate in safety training programs and be familiar with their employers'' policies, procedures, and materials on violence prevention.
Health care facilities; Health care personnel; Violence prevention; Training; Risk factors; Work practices; Injuries; Injury prevention
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2002-101
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health