Just last month, we discussed how state governments have mobilized to prevent workplace violence in hospitals. Senior Director of our Threat + Violence Risk Management practice, JoAnn Ugolini, specifically cited a new law in Illinois that would require workplace violence prevention programs in hospitals and mandated participation by employees.

Now, new research is expanding our understanding of workplace violence in hospitals – and where the key vulnerabilities lie. A survey from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) revealed that violence in American emergency departments is increasing at an alarming rate. The infographic below highlights some of the most disturbing statistics, including that nearly half of respondents had been physical assaulted at work, and that 8 in 10 said patient care was being affected.

The data in the below infographic reinforces lawmakers’ demand for establishing best practice violence prevention protocols in hospitals.