Hospital Safety and Security

Violence is a public health problem of epidemic proportion. The danger to health care providers in professional settings escalates as violence moves off the streets and into the medical setting. The key to violence reduction is the early recognition of potential violence by a calm and prepared health care provider.  These resources provide guidelines and training to support a safe and secure environment.

Emergency Department Violence Fact Sheet

Protecting emergency patients and staff from violent acts is fundamental to ensuring quality patient care. More than 75% of emergency physicians experienced at least one violent workplace incident in a year. The American College of Emergency Physicians has developed an Emergency Department Violence Fact Sheet to provide support with this growing issue.

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Violence Risk Assessment Tools

Risk assessment tools provide a standard against which to evaluate individuals for potential violence, enabling all healthcare providers to share a common frame of reference and understanding. This minimizes the possibility that communications regarding a person’s potential for violence will be misinterpreted.

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Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training

This program is considered the global standard for crisis prevention and intervention training. With a core philosophy of providing for the Care, Welfare, Safety, and SecuritySM of everyone involved in a crisis, the program’s proven strategies give human service providers and educators the skills to safely respond to various levels of risk behavior while balancing the responsibilities of care.

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Crisis Intervention Team Training

A Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program is a model for community policing that brings together law enforcement, mental health providers, hospital emergency departments and individuals with mental illness and their families to improve responses to people in crisis. CIT programs enhance communication, identify mental health resources for assisting people in crisis and ensure that officers get the training and support that they need.

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Disability Rights of North Carolina

Disability Rights North Carolina is dedicated to protecting and advocating for the rights of people with disabilities in North Carolina. Disability Rights NC helps people with disabilities to solve disability-related problems. Mental health and support services that provide individualized treatment are among the many areas of support provided by Disability Rights NC.

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National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems

The National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS) advocates for behavioral health and represents provider systems that are committed to the delivery of responsive, accountable, and clinically effective prevention, treatment and care for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults with mental and substance use disorders.

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TQC Patient Safety Organization

Established in 2008 by the North Carolina Hospital Association (NCHA) and the NC Quality Center, The Quality Center PSO is a federally designated, membership based program assisting North Carolina healthcare organizations to improve quality and safety within a collaborative environment. TQC PSO leverages federal legal protections under the 2005 Patient Safety Act to foster the open sharing and learning from patient safety events and to help identify strategies to reduce and prevent patient harm. TQC PSO has worked with its members to address behavioral health topics such as prevention of self-harm and opioid addiction related harm. As a result, guidelines and best practices have been developed and disseminated.

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American Psychiatric Nurses Association

The APNA is the largest professional membership organization committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric-mental health (PMH) nursing and wellness promotion, prevention of mental health problems, and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders. APNA provides quality psychiatric-mental health nursing continuing education, a wealth of resources for established, emerging, and prospective PMH nurses, and a community of dynamic collaboration.

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