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Measures for preventing violence in emergency departments

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrevention of Accidents at Work : Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on the Prevention of Accidents at Work (WOS 2017)
Subtitle of host publicationOctober 3-6, 2017, Prague, Czech Republic
EditorsAles Bernatik, Lucie Kocurkova, Kirsten Jørgensen
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis, CRC Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781315177571
ISBN (Print)9781138037960
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2017
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational conference on the prevention of accidents at work -
Duration: 13 Oct 2017 → …


ConferenceInternational conference on the prevention of accidents at work
Period13/10/17 → …


Despite all efforts, workplace violence remains an important unsolved issue in health care. Preventing and controlling workplace violence requires commitment from and participation by employees and managers at all levels. The objective of this study was to improve violence prevention and to reduce accidents caused by the violence in healthcare workplaces, especially in emergency departments (EDs), by gathering and devel-oping prevention measures. Researchers constructed checklists for head nurses to provide a systematic ap-proach to prevent and control workplace violence in EDs. The data was gathered by interviews, question-naires and a literature review. Five checklists were developed. The checklists cover identification of hazards and risk assessment, measures and procedures, education and training, reporting of incidents and processing reports and safety culture. The checklists developed in this study provide a systematic and practical ap-proach to preventing and controlling workplace violence.

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Field of science, Statistics Finland