The statistics are staggering. According to surveys by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), almost half of emergency physicians report being physically assaulted at work, while about 70 percent of emergency nurses report being hit and kicked while on the job. Furthermore, the vast majority (80 percent) of emergency physicians say violence in the emergency department harms patient care.
The frequency of violent attacks on nurses, physicians and patients in our nation’s emergency departments is unconscionable and unacceptable. For medical professionals, being assaulted in the emergency department must no longer be tolerated as “part of the job.”
In an effort to meaningfully minimize these attacks, ENA and ACEP are embarking on a new campaign called “No Silence on ED Violence.” This joint effort aims to equip and empower our respective members to effect needed safety improvements at their hospitals, while engaging state and federal policymakers, stakeholder organizations and the public at large to generate action to address this crisis. We invite and encourage you to join us in this vital effort. Go to www.stopEDviolence.org for resources to help and ways to get involved, and use #StopEDViolence to join the conversation on social media.