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Hospital Workplace Violence

The Hospital Workplace Violence lecture examines the issue of violence occurring to staff in the hospital. Numerous experts agree that violence towards hospital medical staff has reached endemic proportions, and that evidence shows an alarming increase in incidences and severity of attacks. All hospital employees are at risk, but the most dangerous profession is nurses and the most dangerous locations are the emergency department, mental health unit, and critical care units.


Approximately 70,000 nurses report violent workplace assaults each year. Since 1995, nearly five million nurses have been assaulted at work. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) estimates that more than half a million healthcare workers are assaulted each year.


In this dynamic lecture, the presenter will examine statistics on hospital workplace violence, breakdown the frequency and types of injuries sustained in the assaults, and discuss the perpetrator profile. Next, the presenter will discuss methods to prevent workplace violence, including preventing violence triggers, profiling potential perpetrators, crime prevention through environmental design, and defusing and deescalating techniques. Profiling tools such as STAMP and STAMPEDAR will be discussed.


The presenter will also discuss institutional policies, procedures, and building design as a useful tool to prevent workplace violence. Last, the consequences of failing to prevent workplace violence will be discussed, including poor patient care, serious medical errors, increased sick time, decreased productivity, and increased psychological disorders among staff members.

Threat Suppression staff are recognized international experts in active shooter response. Our staff have conducted more than 50,000 hours of research on active shooters. The Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Defense, and Department of Education all recognize Threat Suppression as an international leader in safety and security training. Our staff have provided this training for major hospitals, the Emergency Nurses Association, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

This class is for active public safety, military law enforcement, hospital administrators, hospital security, and government officials only. This class is not available to the general public. If you would like to download a PDF course description of this class, please click here.


If you would like more information on booking this course, please email, or call 1-800-231-9106.


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