De-escalating aggression in health care settings

Oakbrook Terrace, IL — Citing the prevalence of patient assaults on health care staff, accreditation organization The Joint Commission has issued a “Quick Safety” advisory aimed at limiting conditions that may spark aggression and violence in health care settings.

Published Jan. 29, De-escalation in health care references a recent American Journal of Nursing study that found that 25 percent of nurses reported being assaulted by patients or a patient’s family members. Incidents were more likely to occur in emergency departments and geriatric and psychiatric environments during the three-year period studied, the report states.

Oakbrook Terrace, IL — Citing the prevalence of patient assaults on health care staff, accreditation organization The Joint Commission has issued a “Quick Safety” advisory aimed at limiting conditions that may spark aggression and violence in health care settings.

Published Jan. 29, De-escalation in health care references a recent American Journal of Nursing study that found that 25 percent of nurses reported being assaulted by patients or a patient’s family members. Incidents were more likely to occur in emergency departments and geriatric and psychiatric environments during the three-year period studied, the report states.