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Violence In Hospital Emergency Departments

Emergency Rooms are thought as safe places for visitors and patients in need of medical care. The rise in violence at hospital has caused a lot of stress and concern for those who work and visit the ER.

A surveyed group of 170 emergency medical directors in the US hospitals concerning violence and security issues and received responses from 127 (74.7%). Over 41 medical institutions reported at least one verbal threat each day, and 23 reported at least one threat with a weapon each month–that’s 18% of surveyed medical directors estimate that their Emergency Department Personnel is threatened with a weapon each month! Most medical practitioners say they’ve been physically assaulted while at their job, with 51% reporting cases where patients were also harmed.. [1]

In emergency departments when violence occurs, visitors and patients can be injured or traumatized to the point of patients leaving without being seen.. These types of events also increases wait times and distracts staff from focusing on other urgent cases that need their immediate attention in the hospital. Patients also need to feel safe when they’re in the hospital. They deserve high-quality care from staff members who aren’t distracted by other individuals with violent behaviors and a place that is free from any type of physical danger. Staff deserve and expect a safe work environment which is not always the case.

That’s why to keep staff, patients and visitors safe, it is important to take the steps neccessary to prevent violence. One of the best ways to do this is to use Athena’s walk-through metal detector entryway security solution that was designed with safety in mind. Athena’s Entryway Security Solution for concealed weapons is designed to detect a wide range of mass casualty threats like handguns, shotguns, and rifles. The system meets the Federal Standard for accuracy while being faster than legacy devices and it uses multiple sensors to detect a threat, as well as letting through common personal items like a cell phones, watches, keys, and belts. Adding this security concept with the proper technology, trained staff, and preparations will help ensure that ER’s entrance ways run safely for everyone.

While there are no one-size-fits-all solutions for how employers and hospitals should approach workplace violence prevention, developing individualized procedures will allow them to better serve their staffs’ needs as well as community standards in terms of safety concerns.


  1. Emergency department violence in United States teaching hospitals

MD Frank W Lavoie

MD Gary L Carter

MD Daniel F Danzl

Robert L Berg

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