07
Sep 18

Takeaways from the Improving Hospital Safety & Security Conference

Author:Ash Natesh

The Hospital Safety and Security Conference focused on Collaborating and communicating across departments to transform ethos & safety culture, Smashing the stigma to promote staff well-being & post-incident support, Encouraging staff reporting of incidents to drive data & inform funding and Breaking out of silos to encourage interdisciplinary & inter agency partnerships. Dr Michael Tervit, … Continue reading Takeaways from the Improving Hospital Safety & Security Conference

11
Jul 18

How can we safeguard the mental health and well-being of our hospital heroes?

The prevalence of incidents of violence and aggression towards hospital staff involve figures that leave jaws open in disbelief. Worksafe Victoria state that 95% of healthcare staff experience incidents of violence and aggression in their workplace over the course of their careers. Being routinely exposed to verbally and physically aggressive patients has a significant effect … Continue reading How can we safeguard the mental health and well-being of our hospital heroes?

18
Jan 17

Employing Verbal Judo to better manage confrontation & aggression in hospitals

Why Verbal Judo? Because the most dangerous weapon we all carry is “the cocked tongue” and the wrong word, fired off in the wrong way, to the wrong person at the wrong time, can get you hurt, sued, divorced, demoted or tarnish a professional reputation for ever. Words used the wrong way are disastrous. From … Continue reading Employing Verbal Judo to better manage confrontation & aggression in hospitals

03
May 16

How can hospital staff deal with violent patients?

Concerns over the safety of hospital staff and their patients are growing as rapidly as the healthcare sector is booming. Hospitals are now more accessible than ever before, consequently causing a spark in drug and alcohol-related violence. These instances have ultimately tarnished the ‘safe-haven’ nature of hospitals, and solutions to improve hospital security beyond the … Continue reading How can hospital staff deal with violent patients?

15
Apr 16

Canadian case study: “We are healthcare workers who happen to do protection”

The vast majority of incidents of aggression within our hospitals are a symptom of the person’s mental health and/or addiction issue(s). These people are sick. They come to our facilities for help, to heal and to get better. It’s our job, to the best of our abilities, to provide care. It’s also our job – … Continue reading Canadian case study: “We are healthcare workers who happen to do protection”

09
Feb 16

Emergency Department Staff at Risk as Ice-Fuelled Violence Increases

Emergency wards are experiencing a crisis, with staff facing growing levels of aggression from patients affected by the use of crystal methamphetamine, or ice. The shooting of a police officer and a security guard at Nepean Hospital in January has prompted the NSW Government to commission a security audit of all the state’s hospitals. It is … Continue reading Emergency Department Staff at Risk as Ice-Fuelled Violence Increases