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The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) recently conducted a survey1 about workplace violence, compiling responses from more than 3,500 members. Some of the highlights of the survey findings are summarized as follows.
ACEP: Have you ever been physically assaulted or witnessed another assault while at work in the emergency department?
Note: These findings were essentially the same regardless of gender, with 48% of males and 44% of females saying that they had been assaulted.
ACEP: How many times have you been physically assaulted in the emergency department in the past year?
ACEP: What was the nature of your most recent assault?
ACEP: What do you think are the biggest contributing factors to violence in the emergency department?
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