Five precautions to help prevent violence in your ED
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March 1, 2010
EDs are more likely breeding grounds for violence than other hospital zones because patients often don’t come there voluntarily, which adds up to a potential powder keg.
“The emergency department is a funnel into your institution,” says Fredrick Roll, MA, CHPA-F, CPP, president of Healthcare Security Consultants, Inc., of Frederick, CO. “Patients coming to the ED don’t really want to be there in the first place. Something has happened to them to bring them to the hospital.”
Roll notes the following five suggestions for preventing ED violence: