3 in 5 Americans worry for the safety of loved ones in hospitals, survey says

Almost 60 percent of Americans are concerned for the safety and security of their loved ones in hospitals, afraid of the harm someone else may inflict upon them, according to a March 7 report from Global Healthcare Exchange, a healthcare automation company. 

The survey asked more than 2,000 Americans their views about the safety and security of healthcare workers and healthcare facilities. Here is what the company found: 

  1. Sixty-six percent of respondents said that they believe healthcare workers are more likely to be victims of workplace violence than other professions.

  2. Almost 90 percent of respondents believe that keeping track of every hospital visitor is essential to safety.

  3. More than 60 percent of people are worried about unauthorized people walking the halls of the hospital.

  4. Two in five respondents do not feel safe entering a hospital facility.

  5. Eighty-two percent of people think that there should be more action taken at a state and federal level to protect the safety of healthcare workers.

"We know violence is a contributing factor to nurses leaving the profession and rising levels of burnout which ultimately has a negative effect on patient care," said Chrystie Leonard, general manager of GHX Vendormate. "More than ever, it's vital for hospital leadership to create a safer, more secure environment for staff, patients and visitors and support policies that adopt a zero-tolerance approach to workplace violence."

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