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Violence on the Rise at U.S. Health Care Centers

“More and more violent crimes are occurring in America’s hospitals, clinics and other health care facilities, according to a new alert issued by the Joint Commission, an independent health care oversight group.

Since 2004, there have been “significant increases in reports of assault, rape and homicide, with the greatest number of reports in the last three years,” the group said in its “Sentinel Event Alert” released last week, the latest in a series of alerts on serious adverse events occurring in health care settings.”

Possible factors include increases in drug and alcohol abuse, lack of adequate care for psychiatric patients, and frustrations with a flawed health care system.

“The alert also spells out 13 specific steps that health care facilities should take to prevent violence..”

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June 19, 2010 - Posted by | Health News Items | ,

1 Comment »

  1. We should expect MUCH more. The system holds people hostage. When the cost of a surgery and short hospital stay is the same as a house people work their entire lives to acquire… If I’m going because I don’t have enough cash… or leaving my family broke because a doctor charged $50,000 for a mornings work… “some” people will decide simply to go and take the doctor with them.

    Comment by levelsofillusion | June 19, 2010 | Reply

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