Campaign is designed to raise awareness about the on-the-job dangers ED personnel face daily, and to prompt action among key stakeholders and policymakers toward ensuring emergency clinicians and staff can operate in a safe environment.
Domestic violence and abuse is a national and global healthcare problem with massive consequences, affecting men, women, and children. Awareness, recognition, and resource allocation, in addition to trauma management, is an important aspect of emergent care of the trauma patient possibly injured in a domestic violence incident.
Experiences of sexual harassment and assault are unfortunate realities for many adolescents and young adults. Many youth-serving health professionals have begun to ask how they can contribute to addressing or even preventing sexual harassment and assault in their patients’ lives.
In addition to the advertising fraud that led to a $16 million verdict against Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham, AL, the physical interaction by the nurse is troubling, says Kathleen Juniper, JD, an attorney with the law firm of Buchalter Nemer in Los Angeles.
With the aging population, home healthcare is rapidly expanding — but worker protections must expand as well to protect employees who may be vulnerable to violence. A recent citation by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration underscores this point, as a company that provides pediatric home health was issued a willful citation and fined $98,000 following the sexual assault of a healthcare worker.