Case Study: Grady Health System, Atlanta, GA - Managing Workplace Safety and Reducing Workplace Violence

Violence is a significant public health issue and of great concern to hospitals caring for victims of violence. It also is a major concern for those who work in hospitals. Among state-run hospitals, which are predominantly psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals, the most common event leading to injuries in 2015 was violence. Over half of these injuries were sub classified as “intentional injuries by other person.”i A 2016 GAO report concluded, “Workers in health care facilities experience substantially higher estimated rates of nonfatal injury due to workplace violence compared to workers overall.”ii According to an American Hospital Association report by Milliman Research, it is estimated that proactive and reactive violence response efforts cost U.S. hospitals and health systems approximately $2.7 billion in 2016.

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