Risks with IndividualsHealth care settings can be full of tension, and a number of factors could provoke a person to violent acts. People in high stress scenarios, with a history of violence, certain psychotic diagnoses or are inebriated through drug or alcohol use, pose significant risks. Some chronically mentally ill individuals are released from the hospital after being taken in for an incident and are released because they can not be held unless perceived to be a danger. Without proper followup, any number of factors could trigger a violence-motivated return to the facilities. An increase in police, the justice system using hospitals for criminal holding and patients with violent tendencies have created additional risks. Risks of violence in these individuals can increase if they feel they are being threatened orally or through body language.
Risks with ScenariosSeveral scenarios can increase risk factors in health care settings. If the facility is
understaffed or an employee is alone, and especially if security is below what's needed, violence is more likely to erupt. Long waits in overcrowded, uncomfortable waiting rooms can trigger erratic behavior in people. Examinations, treatments and physical therapy can create situations where an employee is alone with someone, without support. Many of these isolated situations occur in areas without alarms or communication systems, which can be especially true in high-crime areas.