TJC releases Sentinel Event Alert on violence
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The Joint Commission’s June 3 Sentinel Event Alert on healthcare violence warns that healthcare facilities are seeing increasing rates of crime, including violent crimes such as assault, rape, and homicide, and urges facilities to step up their prevention efforts.
But safety and security professionals are facing an uphill battle. According to Russ Colling, MS, CHPA, CPP, healthcare security consultant for Colling and Kramer in Salida, CO, hospitals are seeing more serious drug abuse, more mental health problems, and overcrowding in the ED.
Both Colling and Fredrick Roll, MA, CHPA-F, CPP, president and principal consultant of Healthcare Security Consultants, Inc., and Roll Enterprises, Inc., in Frederick, CO, are not surprised by the 256 reports of assault, rape, and homicide since 1995 in The Joint Commission’s Sentinel Event Database. However, the Alert still “wakes people up,” which is a good thing, says Roll. The Joint Commission has received 74 separate events in 2007–2009. (The Joint Commission also warns in the Alert that violent events are underreported.)
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