Hospital workers bypass traditional occupational injury reporting systems when reporting patient and visitor perpetrated (type II) violence

Source: Lisa A. Pompeii, Ashley Schoenfisch, Hester J. Lipscomb, John M. Dement, Claudia D. Smith and Sadie H. Conway, American Journal of Industrial Medicine, Volume 59, Issue 10, October 2016
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From the abstract:
Background: Under-reporting of type II (patient/visitor-on-worker) violence by workers has been attributed to a lack of essential event details needed to inform prevention strategies.
Methods: Mixed methods including surveys and focus groups were used to examine patterns of reporting type II violent events among ∼11,000 workers at six U.S. hospitals.
Results: Of the 2,098 workers who experienced a type II violent event, 75% indicated they reported. Reporting patterns were disparate including reports to managers, co-workers, security, and patients’ medical records—with only 9% reporting into occupational injury/safety reporting systems. Workers were unclear about when and where to report, and relied on their own “threshold” of when to report based on event circumstances.
Conclusions: Our findings contradict prior findings that workers significantly under-report violent events. Coordinated surveillance efforts across departments are needed to capture workers’ reports, including the use of a designated violence reporting system that is supported by reporting policies.