“More needs to be done,” said ACEP President Vidor Friedman, MD, FACEP, at an ACEP18 telenews conference about emergency department violence. “Violence in emergency departments is not only affecting medical staff, it is affecting patients. When violence occurs in an emergency department, patients can be injured or traumatized to the point of leaving without being seen. It also can increase wait times and distract emergency staff from focusing on other patients who urgently require a physician’s assistance.”
Increasing violence in America’s emergency departments is causing harm to physicians, staff, and patients, according to new research. Nearly half (47 percent) of emergency physicians report having been physically assaulted while at work, with 60 percent saying those assaults occurred in the past year. Nearly 8 in 10 also say that patient care is being affected, with 51 percent of those saying patients have been physically harmed.
The results of a poll of more than 3,500 emergency physicians across the nation were released today, alongside new research about violence in Michigan emergency departments. The poll was conducted by Marketing General Incorporated.