Violence in the Emergency Department: Tools & Strategies to Create a Violence-Free ED

Violence in the Emergency Department: Tools & Strategies to Create a Violence-Free ED

by Patricia Allen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0826110592

ISBN-13: 9780826110596

Pub. Date: 07/13/2009

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

This book is a must for all emergency departments and a valuable resource for anyone scheduled to work there. It covers the history and evolution of violence in emergency departments and offers excellent exhibits for quick reference..."

--Doody's

Violence in the emergency department (ED) is a critical, even life-threatening problem facing ED nurses and

Overview

This book is a must for all emergency departments and a valuable resource for anyone scheduled to work there. It covers the history and evolution of violence in emergency departments and offers excellent exhibits for quick reference..."

--Doody's

Violence in the emergency department (ED) is a critical, even life-threatening problem facing ED nurses and physicians daily. Emergency room personnel have repeatedly reported being threatened, harassed, and seriously injured by hostile patients, including psychiatrically ill patients, substance abusers, and criminals, as well as by patients' families and friends. During this nursing shortage, it is imperative that hospital administrators take the necessary measures to create a violence-free emergency room.

This book educates health care professionals and hospital administrators about all aspects of ED violence. The author provides all the essential tools and strategies for preventing violence before it starts, and managing it if it occurs. In this book, Allen provides practical guidelines for assessing the potential risk of violence in the ED and implementing a violence defense strategy and program.

Key topics discussed:

  • How to assess the potential risk of violence in individual patients
  • How to identify the types of patients that are most likely to be violent in the ED and why they are violent
  • How to plan and implement a violence defense program by increasing security, charging penalties and fines, announcing hospital-wide alerts, and more
  • How to improve communication strategies with both colleagues and violent patients in the ED
  • How to increase awareness of the the significant problem of lateral violence among healthcare personnel

Violence in the Emergency Department will not only help safeguard physicians and nurses from injury, it will serve as one more step toward healing the critical nursing shortage, increasing job satisfaction, and improving patient care.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826110596
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company
Publication date:
07/13/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

PART I: THE EMERGENCE OF VIOLENCE IN
SOCIETY AND HEALTH CARE SETTINGS

1 The Sociology of American Violence

2 The Evolution of Health Care Delivery: Setting the
Stage for Violence in the ED

3 Why Are EDs Targets for Violence?

4 The Cost of ED Violence

5 Creating the ED as a Safe Haven

PART II: ASSESSING VIOLENCE IN THE ED: THE
VICTIMS AND THE PERPETRATORS

6 Assessment of Your ED: Identifying Your ED
Risk for Violence

7 Assessment of Your ED Patients: Recognizing

Your Patients as Victims of Violence

PART III: INTERVENTION IN THE ED: TOOLS AND STRATEGIES
FOR A VIOLENCE-FREE ED

8 Initiating Change for ED Violence Prevention

9 Communication Strategies: Intra-Institutional

10 Community Communication Strategies

PART IV: OUTCOMES AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS

11 The Benefi ts of Implementing Violence Prevention Strategies

12 Future Directions

APPENDICES

Appendix A: Recommended Web Sites for Violence Reduction Resources

Appendix B: Recommended Policies for Emergency Department Violence
Reduction

Appendix C: American College of Emergency Physicians: Emergency Department

Crowding and Boarding Strategies White Paper: Short-Term Solutions/Model
Practices

Appendix D: The American College of Emergency Physicians: The National
Report Card on the State of Emergency Medicine

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