September 29, 2021
Workplace violence in medical facilities was a "serious problem" even before the pandemic, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. From 2002 to 2013, incidents of "serious" violence, which required the injured person to take days off to recover, was four times more common in health care than in private industries.
A 2018 survey of 3,539 emergency physicians by the American College of Emergency Physicians found that nearly half of participants have been assaulted while working in the emergency department. Roughly 97% of those assaults were committed by patients.
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