Resources Available on Preventing Violence in Healthcare Facilities

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Posted: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 6:15 am | Updated: 6:23 am, Tue Feb 10, 2015.

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Workplace violence is a safety issue in health care facilities, and several resources are now available on this issue.

The American Organization of Nurse Executives has published" target="_blank">guiding principles on mitigating violence in the workplace. The report also outlines five priority focus areas.

A Department of Health and Human Services guide discusses how to incorporate active shooter incident planning into health care facility emergency operation plans. The report states that most health care facilities practice drills for fires or tornadoes, but far fewer facilities drill for active shooter situations.

American Society for Healthcare Engineering members can also access a free recording of a 2013 Annual Conference session on practical preparedness for workplace violence in health care facilities. The session details the response of the University of Colorado Hospital to the theater shootings in Aurora, Colo., as an example to help guide preparedness efforts.

SOURCE: American Society for Healthcare Engineering

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