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MMA Urges End to Health Care Violence, Offers Webinar

[MMA News Now, July 10, 2014] The MMA, along with five other health care groups in the state, is urging members to “make workplace violence prevention a top priority.”

The public-private coalition of Minnesota organizations includes the MMA, the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota Hospital Association, Aging Services of Minnesota, Care Providers of Minnesota and the Minnesota Nurses Association. The coalition defines violence in health care as “behaviors including physical violence and threats that make employees, visitors, patients and residents concerned for their personal safety.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 81,000 health care industry workers nationally were assaulted during a 15-month period in 2003-2004 (the most recent data). Federal workplace injury data show that physicians, nurses and mental health workers are more likely than other workers to be assaulted on the job. The share of health care employees who missed work due to injuries caused intentionally by others was 6.5 per 10,000 workers in 2011 — four times the overall U.S. rate.  

The coalition asks health care organizations to:

•    Declare violence prevention a priority for your organization;
•    Commit to complete the ‘Prevention of Violence In Healthcare’ gap analysis within 30 days;
•    Support the development (or continued work) of a violence prevention committee in your organization;
•    Participate in educational webinars on this topic over the next six to nine months, supported by the coalition; and,  
•    Complete a survey in six to nine months sharing progress and continued needs to shape next steps for the coalition and the campaign.

To provide an overview of violence in the health care workplace and provide prevention tips, the MMA will host a free webinar on July 30 from 10 to 11 a.m. Register here. The webinar will include statistics, stories from a variety of setting, and a roadmap to reducing incidence and severity.

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