Emergency Departments; Emergency room also call as emergency department. However, unlike so many “departments” in the world, the emergency department has almost too many purposes, duties and mandates to number. In the process of being the underfund safety net for American health care it has also become a place of remarkable danger, where medical and nursing staff, support personnel, and even patients face the threat of violence every single day. Two South Carolina shootings in April, in Laurens and Orangeburg, are bloody testament to this fact.
The Emergency Departments
And why wouldn’t it be dangerous? Emergency department staff members are task with treating the victims of violence, all the while trying to keep them safe from the possibility that their assailants will come to finish the murderous work they started. Emergency departments constantly deal with the addicted; so some of whom are willing to commit acts of violence in pursuit of narcotics. And anyone who has try to restrain, evaluate and treat a patient on cocaine; so methamphetamine or another stimulant can attest that the struggle is real and terrifying.
Alcohol intoxication is seen every day in our nation’s emergency departments; also produces very angry, very difficult individuals. The intoxicate are then the responsibility of overwork medical professionals (often in understaffed facilities); who have to keep their impair patients calm and safe until the clarity of morning or the unpleasant application of handcuffs by police.
Mental health is a crisis of enormous proportions in America today; also yet neither the public nor policy-makers typically experience the problem first-hand. Dangerous to many others. They are extraordinarily hard to handle, since they typically have no mental health care, or are so non-compliant that they weekly, or daily, visit emergency departments where they may have to be held for days or weeks, then briefly admit to similarly overwhelmed psychiatric facilities. Subsequently they are release to return, once more, to the already dangerous emergency department.
The health care system
Society, government, business and the health-care system have come to the conclusion that the answer to so many questions is simply “go to the emergency department.” This is even more true when the person in question may be dangerous but has not yet commit a crime necessitating arrest. And indeed, even when they have, they are often require to be medically “cleared” in the emergency department to ensure that they are “safe” to go to jail.
And yet, outside of major medical centers that may have their own arm security; so most emergency departments are pitifully vulnerable. There are places where security may be provide by unarm contract security; hence by retirees in no way fit enough to protect the staff, by other (typically male) hospital staff members called to help in times of danger; or by local police who (unless paid to work in their free time) have to patrol and cannot be constantly present.
Nevertheless, even as hospitals expend enormous amounts of money to grow profits; so reward investors and satisfy executives, they typically spend a pittance on the safety; also security of the precious, valuable and dedicate staff members who daily expose themselves not only to disease, but also to violence. It’s long past time for national, or simply statewide; also initiatives to protect our emergency department staff members as critical assets. They are available to treat victims of illness, injury and disaster, and they do it with skill and breathtaking compassion.