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Published:December 20, 2017DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajem.2017.12.043
      Healthcare workers are at an increased risk for workplace violence [
      • Occupational Safety and Health Administration
      Violent injuries resulting in days away from work, by industry, 2002–2013.
      ,
      • Occupational Safety and Health Administration
      Guidelines for preventing workplace violence for healthcare and social service workers.
      ,
      • Lau J.B.
      • Magarey J.
      • McCutcheon H.
      Violence in the emergency department: a literature review.
      ]. Workplace violence, as defined by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, are “violent acts, including physical assaults and threats of assault, directed toward persons at work or on duty.” The highest number of such assaults annually in the US are directed against healthcare workers. In an anonymous survey of 11,000 hospital workers, 39% experienced patient-related violence and 38% of victims reported fear for safety [
      • Pompeii L.A.
      • Schoenfisch A.L.
      • Lipscomb H.J.
      • et al.
      Physical assault, physical threat, and verbal abuse perpetrated against hospital workers by patients or visitors in six U.S. hospitals.
      ]. Under reporting of these events is common [
      • Stene J.
      • Larson E.
      • Levy M.
      • et al.
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      ,
      • Kowalenko T.
      • Walters B.L.
      • Khare R.K.
      • Michigan College of Emergency Physicians Workplace Violence Task Force
      • et al.
      Workplace violence: a survey of emergency physicians in the state of Michigan.
      ].
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