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Fatal Attack Renews Calls for Healthcare Workplace Safety

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 1, 2010

Many will note that Palomata was killed in a jail, not a hospital. That point is irrelevant for Palomata's family and colleagues, however, and it should be for the rest of us as well. There shouldn't be a tacit lowering of standards for safety and security for healthcare providers depending upon where they practice their profession. Any hospital or health system that provides healthcare beyond the campus should make every effort to ensure that their employees are as safe there as they would be in the C suite. 

"Prevention is essential for creating a safe and therapeutic environment for patients and a safer workplace for healthcare workers, and to reduce the loss of experienced staff who leave because of assaults and threats of violence," McVay said.

The CNA is right on this one folks. 

John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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