Dr Gregory Brammer
As Dr. Gregory Brammer experienced on many occasions, violence at the emergency department is a frequently occurring phenomenon. Patients or visitors commit the vast majority of the assaults wherein health care workers are the victims. It is often a combination of drug alcohol abuse,as well as the heightened mental state that is unfortunately unavoidable during emergency care, that usually is the cause for violence in hospitals.
The Problem Is Real
While many of the assaults culminate in some grabbing and yelling, these episodes make patient care significantly harder. In an emergency situation, cooperation can be the difference between life and death, which is the main reason why it is so crucial to handle these situations as quickly and efficiently as possible. When more than 70% of the health care professionals can provide an account of some kind of assault, it is crucial to realize that the problem is real.
Reasons for the Increased Violence
Looking for reasons is a very diverse and dangerous discussion, mainly because it also involves socio-economic aspects that inevitably involve race and general social settings. The primary reasons almost assuredly involve a combination of the following:
–Increased gang activity
–Lack of access to psychological care
–The obvious link between emergency departments and drug-related arrests
–Internet-generated distrust towards medical professionals in addition to the increasing number of armed citizens.
The solution to this increasingly difficult problem has to come from the government. Changing laws is one of the possible political avenues that can help, along with increased budgets to allow hospitals to improve their security protocols. In any case, Dr. Gregory Brammer hopes that the situation can improve in the next couple of years, to foster a more ideal environment for patients to heal in where the medical staff is able to provide better care.