Melbourne hospital staff take a stand against ‘violent, aggressive’ patients
Emergency department staff deal with violent, aggressive patients at the Royal Melbourne Hospital so often they’ve decided to lead the charge for change.
Last year there was almost 7500 incidents and nurse unit manager Susan Harding says it’s only gotten worse.
“We’d have at least one incident of violence or aggression each shift every day,” Ms Harding said.
A video containing CCTV footage of situations of violence towards hospital staff has been released by the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
To fight back, Emergency Department staff has produced a shocking video Help Us, Help You which will play in the waiting area to raise awareness of occupational violence. The video shows CCTV footage of patients throwing chairs, smashing doors and other examples of aggression against hospital workers.
There were 7438 ‘code grey’ incidents in 2017 – an 85 per cent increase in just four years. There were also nine ‘cold black’ situations, which involve aggressive patients with a weapon.
The most common reports included physical violence, threatening behaviour and harassment.
Melbourne hospital staff release horrifying video of emergency room violence
Staff at Royal Melbourne Hospital have released a horrifying video showing the violence faced by those working in the emergency department.