Violence Toward E.R. Nurses and Doctors Is the ‘Dirty Little Secret’ of Health Care

February 20, 2020

NBC New York

What to Know

  1. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the intentional injury rate for private hospital workers was five times the national rate of all other private industries.

  2. A 2018 survey found that out of more than 3,500 E.R. doctors, 47 percent of them had been assaulted.

  3. Medical professionals said some of the patients that assault staff do suffer from mental illness, are often under the influence or are stressed from the emergency they experienced.

When it comes to risky jobs, one would expect that construction work or the mining industry would be among the most dangerous jobs in the United States. But according to Bureau of Labor Statistics analyzed by NBC New York, health care providers in hospitals are significantly more at risk.

BLS data reveals the intentional injury rate by another person for employees working at private hospitals in 2017 was five times the national rate of all other private industries. The rate was seven times the national rate in New Jersey, and eight times in New York. The national rate was roughly two injuries per 10,000 full-time workers for all private industries.

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