Hospitals Against Violence National Awareness Day, June 8, 2018
Today we're proud to take a stand against workplace and community violence by joining forces with hospitals and health systems in #HAVhope, a national day of awareness to end violence.
Violence in our communities is a serious public health issue, and as such, it is of great concern to hospitals that care for victims of violence and also prepare for possible mass events. While a review of prior research shows that numerous efforts from a range of perspectives have been made to quantify the impact of violence to various stakeholders, a comprehensive estimate of the financial impact to community healthcare resources, specifically hospitals and health systems, has not been accomplished. The American Hospital Association (AHA) has engaged Milliman to conduct a study of the financial impact to hospitals and health systems of dealing with all types of violence within their facilities and communities to better illustrate the enormity of violence as a public health problem. For the purposes of this study, we define violence broadly, to include any intentional use of physical force to cause injury or bodily harm. This report presents the findings of our research.
Hospitals provide critical and lifesaving services to victims of violence within their communities, and also address violence beyond medical care. As key community stakeholders in antiviolence efforts, hospitals engage in prevention and preparedness activities, both to address the determinants of violence within their communities, and to be capable of responding appropriately when violence does occur. Further, healthcare workers face an increased risk of both physical and verbal abuse as they manage the complex needs of patients and visitors within their facilities. Many patients and visitors experience high-stress, emotionally charged situations during their time in the hospital that can sometimes lead to aggressive behavior. As such, hospitals and health systems make significant investments in infrastructure, staff, and training in order to keep their workers, patients, and visitors safe.
Each year, American hospitals treat more than 2.3 million victims of violence and report 2,000 cases of children being subject to human trafficking. Each year, 2 million Americans are victims of workplace violence, and 55,000 will lose their lives to violence.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) has engaged Milliman to conduct a study of the financial impact to hospitals and health systems of dealing with all types of violence within their facilities and communities to better illustrate the enormity of violence as a public health problem.