The dangerous patient
How to get injured on the job
(Healthcare is no longer safe)
Reading the newspapers and magazines we find an increase is serious maltreatment, bullying and even physical violence against healthcare workers. The increase is dramatically.
The first question is simple ; why is this happening ?
The answer may sound more complex than it actually is. People are losing respect for the medical world. Respect and even a kind of silent fear for their own health is fading away. Doctors and other healthcare workers are responsible for this. In the last twenty plus years many people went into healthcare to make money, not because of the conviction to serve others. A new group of calculating workers occurred in the market.
Another reason is the increase of misbehaving medical workers and most of all doctors who felt and acted like God’s toward their patients. To most people the constant lack of interest, the clearly visible arrogance of some created the roots of irritation which grew overtime. People took the misbehavior because of trust and believe in the doctors knowledge but the many uncovered mistakes did decrease the trust and respect dramatically.
In the beginning oral insults, threats were used between healthcare workers and patients. An atmosphere of distance was create. No longer a patient felt cared for. Many times they felt ignored, not listen too or even avoided. Questions were not answered and medical records disappeared. The anger became overwhelming and patients became a danger to the workers.
Currently the healthcare workers need to defend themselves. The clinic or hospital is no longer a safe surrounding. It happens rather often that healthcare workers get injured from attacks of patients but more often from family or friends. Most patients are not able to attack well but family and friends are.
Lethal cases are known now. To many home care workers it is common to suffer danger and injuries. Some suffer from rape or more. They all need protection. With years of experience in the most dangerous healthcare levels (addiction care) we have created a special code of self-protection. It is important to think in space, time, availability, circumstances and how to use them in your advance. Protection is not only physical. We created an 80% environmental and 20% physical application to protect yourself, your love-once and the working floor.
Keep in mind protection of life starts with self-protection.
Respect to others will bring back respect to you.
But do not let anyone “mess” with you, YOU are too valuable to society to be lost in violence.