Emergency department workers inherently vulnerable to violence

From the Post-Gazette:

In 2010, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 11,370 assaults on healthcare and social assistance workers nationally, a 13 percent increase over the previous year. The following year, the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority reported 384 acts of violence or verbal abuse, most of them threats, from 2006 through 2010.

Ms. Brecher said the nurses association, based in Des Plaines, Ill., once surveyed 13,000 members about whether they had experienced physical or verbal violence such as threats in the previous seven days.

More than half answered “yes.”

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