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Hospitals are looking for new and better ways to protect staff and patients, both from intruders who mean harm, and patients or family members who become aggressive and agitated. However, defending against active assailants presents the greatest challenge, as hospitals and EDs strive to remain open and welcoming to the communities they serve.
Financial Disclosure: Physician Editor Robert Bitterman, MD, JD, FACEP, Nurse Planner Nicole Huff, MBA, MSN, RN, CEN, Author Dorothy Brooks, Editor Jonathan Springston, Executive Editor Shelly Morrow Mark, and Editorial Group Manager Terrey L. Hatcher report no consultant, stockholder, speaker’s bureau, research, or other financial relationships with companies having ties to this field of study.