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Private duty and home health administrators must tackle many industry challenges as leaders, such as worker shortages and reimbursement issues. Another of those challenges is workplace safety and how to keep in-home care workers safe from abuse and bodily harm when taking care of clients.
According to the federal probe, workers at the UHS of Delaware Inc.-Wekiva Springs Center LLC (operating as Wekiva Springs Hospital) were assaulted, confined by patients, and suffered broken bones, concussions, and wounds from being scratched, bitten, punched, and kicked.
A new survey by the Crisis Prevention Institute takes a deep dive into workplace violence in healthcare, finding that 40% of the 3,155 respondents believe their staff feel comfortable addressing a workplace violence crisis.
In a poll funded by the American College of Emergency Physicians, two-thirds of emergency physicians and 70% of nurses said they had been physically assaulted at work in the prior year. Patients were perpetrators in 97% of the workplace violence incidences in the poll. The poll found hitting, spitting, and punching were the most common kinds of physical assaults.
The recent survey, which was conducted by Premier Inc. and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, features data collected from 672 clinical healthcare workers, healthcare administrative workers, and healthcare security personnel. The survey was conducted from Feb. 1 to April 14.
The hospital failed to protect employees, including nurses and mental health professionals, from patients whose bites, kicks, punches, and other assaults caused serious injuries, according to OSHA. The agency cited the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion with one serious violation and one other-than-serious violation.
As part of National Nurses Week, PSQH reached out to our readers with a few questions about how nursing impacts patient safety and healthcare quality. The Quick Poll had a total of 211 respondents. The PSQH Quick Poll is presented in partnership with Drexel University.
The survey found that most respondents believed that their organizations are extremely or very well prepared for incidents like a fire (75%) and severe weather or a natural disaster (64%). By comparison, 40% believed that their workplace is extremely or very well prepared for an active assailant incident.
The Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Worker Act was introduced by U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT). The bill has bipartisan backing in the House of Representatives, with support from Don Bacon (R-NE), Jefferson Van Drew (R-NJ), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA).