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Violence against healthcare workers is on the rise

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December 1, 2018

A new study by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) shows that violence in America’s emergency departments (ED) is increasing, causing harm to physicians, staff, and patients.

The new survey, released October 2, shows that nearly half (47%) of emergency physicians report having been physically assaulted while at work, with 60% saying those assaults occurred in the past year, according to ACEP. 

The survey polled some 3,500 emergency physicians across the United States and painted a picture of violence against hospital ED staff that is growing worse. Assaults against nurses have been well-documented, but this is one of the largest surveys on the topic that spotlights physicians.



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