According to a new consumer survey from Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX), nearly three in five Americans (60%) report being concerned about the safety and security of loved ones in a hospital or medical facility (defined as “safety from physical harm, injury or danger caused by a person”). With incidents of workplace violence in healthcare on the rise across the nation, the survey additionally reveals that approximately 70% of Americans believe that if nurses felt safer, they might not be leaving the profession in large numbers and 88% say individuals in a hospital or medical facility should feel as safe there as they do in airports and/or on airplanes.
“These results make it clear that Americans are justifiably concerned about workplace violence in healthcare,” said Chrystie Leonard, General Manager, GHX Vendormate. “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. 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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This online survey was fielded by Regina Corso Consulting on behalf of GHX in March 2022. The survey collected responses from 2,063 U.S. adults, aged 18 and older, and is balanced to be representative of the U.S. collectively based on 2020 Census data.
For more information on how visitor facility access management can be a tool in helping to increase facility safety, read our recent Healthcare Hub blog: https://ghx.com/the-healthcare-hub/2022/countering-the-rise-of-workplace-violence-in-healthcare/. Additionally, GHX will host its annual Summit in May where there will be two sessions focused on workplace violence. You can learn more about these sessions and register to attend here: https://www.ghxsummit.com/2022/.
Building on decades of collaboration among providers, manufacturers, distributors and other industry stakeholders, Global Healthcare Exchange, LLC (GHX) is leading the charge in helping organizations run the new business of healthcare. By automating key business processes and translating evidence-based analytics and data into meaningful action, GHX is helping the healthcare ecosystem to move faster, operate more intelligently and achieve greater outcomes. With the support of GHX, healthcare organizations have removed billions of dollars of wasteful healthcare spend. For more information on GHX’s suite of cloud-based supply chain solutions, visit www.ghx.com and The Healthcare Hub.