They say your home isn’t safe without a strong foundation. Likewise, your car isn’t safe without good tires.
The same cliché can apply to your healthcare workplace. Without strong, healthy, happy, and well-rested healthcare professionals working for you, your clinic just isn’t as safe a place as it could be.
In 2013, more than 70% of the 23,000 significant injuries resulting from assault at the workplace occurred in healthcare and social service settings. In 2014, a survey found that 76% of nurses have experienced verbal or physical abuse from patients and visitors.
Workplace violence continues to be an issue in hospitals across the country; the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) recently found that 86% of Massachusetts nurses have experienced some form of violence while at work, in the last two years.
The Joint Commission has updated Sentinel Event Alert, Issue 45: Preventing Violence in the Health Care Setting with new resources.
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), approximately 8 million American healthcare workers are potentially exposed to hazardous drugs each year.
Take time, educate patients, and use assistive technology to curb injuries, says a nurse honored for reducing workplace injuries.
The Joint Commission this month launched a digital resource center aimed at reducing workplace violence in healthcare settings.
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