Last night’s MedicCast Live episode was a pretty amazing. Not because of the incredible talents of the host but because of the discussion between the show’s guests including the esteemed “Rogue Medic” himself, Tim Noonan of the Rogue Medic blog. (You can listen to the recording when it’s released as this week’s regular scheduled podcast out on Sunday night.)
We also had three folks from ISR Matrix a company that takes a “realistic” approach to teaching self defense programs. Teach a few simple moves targeted to the specific workplace dangers and make the classes fun and memorable. They brought expertise from martial arts, law enforcement, and military service. Find out more from the series of articles by Jerry Barrett here at the MedicCast on his EMS self-defense class with ISR-Australia founder, Dave Pauli.
Healthcare Workplace Violence at 48%
According to statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), violence in the workplace is on the increase. The same surveys mark the health care arena as being the focus of nearly half of the non-homicide violent incidents occurring in the private sector.
According to many experts, that number may be even higher since it is suspected that many violent acts by patients against caregivers go unreported unless they cause serious injury. I’m no expert but I am inclined to agree.
Report Every Potentially Violent Patient?
If I reported every patient with a head injury who grabbed at me or took a swing at me I’d be buried in hours of paperwork.
Do these combative patients with altered mental status count as violence? I guess I can answer that myself because if I put “combative” in my report it implies “combat.” Yet I know these incidents don’t make it into the national database because no police agency was involved.
A Better Standard to Document Violence
I think it’s time we started keeping track of workplace violence in the field. This includes every missed attack by a humorous drunk, little old lady swatting you with a handbag, AND the actual dangerous attacks by knife and gun-wielding psychos.
What do you think? Let me know by leaving a comment below.