Originally posted in MedCity News by Emma Bardin.
One company is addressing violence against healthcare workers with a panic button, which has been deployed in the psychiatric and addiction services units at the Behavioral Wellness Center in Philadelphia.
Healthcare workers, especially in psychiatric and drug addiction units, can face potential violence from patients during the scope of their work. Such violence has increased during the course of the pandemic. For example, Scripps Health in San Diego, California reported a 17% increase in violence against staff from December 2020 to December 2021.