John Palmer, PSQH, 31 JAN 2018
Hospitals, medical clinics and other healthcare facilities are high on the list of locations where violence is likely to occur. According to studies conducted by OSHA* and other research organizations, healthcare and social service workers face an increased risk of work-related assaults resulting primarily from violent behavior of patients, clients and/or residents. High-profile cases have made headlines in recent months which highlight a reality that violence in and around hospitals and other healthcare facilities is not unusual and are on the increase.
While no specific diagnosis or type of patient predicts future violence, epidemiological studies consistently demonstrate that inpatient and acute psychiatric services, geriatric long-term care settings, emergency departments and residential and day social services present the highest risk of violent behavior. Pain, devastating prognoses, unfamiliar surroundings, mind- and mood-altering medications and drugs, and disease progression can also cause agitation and violent behaviors.
At TOCCOA Security & Consulting, our team of skilled professionals bring decades of experience in law enforcement, executive protection, workplace protection, hostile negotiations, intelligence and the U.S. armed forces. We have developed curriculum from professional experiences within hospitals, medical clinics and healthcare facilities around the globe. Our specialized training programs for physicians, nurses, staff, security personnel and volunteers, focus on how to deal with emotionally charged and violent situations that can occur. We offer practical, easy to learn, highly effective programs specifically for those serving your facility and protecting your resources.
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The key components of our services focus on five key areas: Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery. We achieve these by conducting threat assessments, safety procedure assessments, developing crisis response plans, developing emergency management plans, establishing response teams, developing your church safety training protocols and training exercises. Knowing what you need to reduce risk and to protect your assets requires a willingness to recognize your vulnerabilities.
TOCCOA Security Consulting affirms that, effective facilities management begins by recognizing that workplace violence is a serious safety and health hazard. Management commitment, including the endorsement and visible involvement of top management, provides the motivation and resources for medical executives and workers to deal effectively with workplace violence.
TOCCOA Security & Consulting offers unique medical security services and custom training, as well as, healthcare facility security-related products that are technologically advanced and user-friendly.