Increasing Protections for Health Care Workers
Health care workers deserve a safe place to deliver care.
How Hospitals Are Addressing Violence:
The safety of their patients and staff is the highest priority for every Colorado hospital. All hospitals have violence prevention programs and are required to have worker training programs as a condition of their accreditation. Safety efforts underway include:
Hospitals are working diligently to address the rise in violence against health care workers. All hospitals have violence prevention programs and are required to have worker training programs as a condition of accreditation. The implementation of alarms and monitors, security screening and cameras, trained security personnel, restricted access areas, signage, incident reporting tools, de-escalation training, and paid time off to file appropriate charges are just some examples of how hospitals are mitigating violence.
Hospitals continually adopt strategies to address the concerning rise of physical and verbal assault against staff, but they cannot solve the problem alone. That’s why CHA is engaged in a stakeholder process to determine how legislation could best support the need to address this issue. Patients deserve a safe place to receive care, and health care workers deserve a safe place to deliver it. It is time for a collaborative approach that ensures those who show up every day to care for Coloradans are protected from violence.
CHA Contact: Joshua Ewing, CHA vice president of government affairs | [email protected]