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Rising violence in health care: How employers can take control

Rising violence in health care: How employers can take control

Workplace violence is not new, but a powerful combination of circumstances has led to a troubling uptick in violent incidents at health care facilities across the country.

Drivers of violence

  • COVID-19 certainly has both exacerbated existing sources of violence and opened new areas of confrontation between health care providers, patient families and the general public.
  • The opioid crisis has increased drug theft that can turn violent.
  • A shortage of mental health resources means more patients wind up in crisis in hospital ERs.
  • Long waits and overcrowding in healthcare facilities can trigger fear and exacerbate aggravation.

Hot spots

  • Behavioral health units and long term care facilities are at the most increased risk. In fact, perpetrators most commonly have a diagnosis of psychosis, substance-use disorders, or dementia, often aggravated by a lack of resources.5
  • Long-term care facilities’ resource constraints and dementia diagnoses present challenges
  • Emergency departments’ open access increases external risk
  • Home health and community outreach settings are often uncontrollable

How can we help?

As your insurance partner, we will step up to help you recover quickly, making sure you have access to a range of resources and in-depth support, including:

  • Claims handlers experienced in violent event response protocols
  • Grief counseling resources to help employees, patients, and residents cope
  • Public relations expertise to manage reputational damage

Work with experienced partners.

At Liberty Mutual and Ironshore, we’re committed to helping you every step of the way, starting with advice and resources.

Contact your underwriter today to make your workplace safer and minimize your risk.

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