Violence in the E.R.

E.R. and psychiatric wards of hospitals are usually a place where hospital employees need to be vigilant and brace for some dangerous situations. However, according to news reports, a disturbing trend of violence in hospitals is on the rise. “Nearly 40 % of emergency room employees in California have been physically assaulted on the job, subject to hitting, kicking and even biting.” What do you think is the cause for this rising trend?

Some have found that longer wait times in the E.R. are causing a rise in violence. For more on this issue, check out this article. Long wait times, mental illness linked to rampant hospital violence

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