Presenters: Jennifer Zicardi-Colson, RN & VP/Chief Nurse Executive, Behavioral Health at Atrium Health; Janette Evans, Director of Strategic Sales at Vector Flow
Hospitals have a duty of care to provide a safe environment for everyone. Given the current shortage of available staff, behavioral health facilities have been severely impacted and workplace violence incidents have steadily increased. To counter this, many behavioral healthcare teams use programs like Dynamic Appraisal of Situational Aggression (DASA) to identify acute risk of patient aggression within 24 hours of admission. It is important for security professionals to understand programs like these, and to collaborate with nursing professionals to predict potential violent behavior. Hospitals can also leverage visitor management programs that identify individuals who are not approved to visit a patient before they enter a secured area, thereby relieving the burden of a nurse professional to determine if the visitor is approved to see the patient.
· Why it is important to align your security program to Dynamic Appraisal of Situational Aggression (DASA) to identify acute risk of patient aggression during inpatient admission.
· How strategic efforts with physical security improve success with nursing professionals in reducing workplace violence incidents.
· Best practices & lessons learned between security and behavioral health nursing professionals.
CE Credits Awarded: 1 credit