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10 ways doctors can prevent violence in the exam room
 

10 ways doctors can prevent violence in the exam room

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For doctors, usually dealing with a violent situation is not something that happens on a daily basis; however when it does happen, it is important to be prepared on how to face the situation or better yet, know how to prevent it from happening.
 
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13 Oct 2016 - General
 
I guess these tips can be use by any profession. Even in your own house, violence can happen. There is no safe place as we claim it to be. It is always better to stay alert, calm and relax manner in dealing with patients or clients which has a possibility to be violent. Having a clear and alert mind, calm posture can secure you from any danger that can possibly happen. You can act as quick as possible. And for another tip that i find very useful is having guts to leave. It is always better to le...
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There should be a safety net or a protocol in the system where healthcare workers are protected against abusive or violent patients. No one would expect to see a nasty of abusive patient when they are turning for work. The government should set laws to protect healthcare workers from all sorts of abuse - physical, verbal, psychological, and even abuse from the internet. If the patient is mentally unstable and turned violent because of medical condition - for example, delirium, then he can be pin...
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I have never encountered a violent patient or any violence in the clinic, but I heard that in the multispecialty clinic I work for, they've had to deal with such situations. One time we were set to receive a "famous" patient whose had a reputation for violence and the assistant was prepping us for it. She said, he may or may not go through the Dental Department but if she does, then we've agreed on who was going to work on him and what also the do's and dont's. This pat...
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Mahmoud AbdelAziz It is contrary to clinical experience that a patient would want to harm a physician or allied professional who is trying to help. Nonetheless, clinicians inevitably encounter disgruntled, angry, and deranged patients. The reasons for violence inflicted against clinicians are many and varied. Violence is a function of the dynamic interaction between a specific individual and a specific situation ...
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Must say the topic is very interesting and very relevant to our professions. As being from an asian country i have seen too many such situations and i have seen many more getting out of control , one reaching a point which lead to spinal trauma to my surgery colleague. Such problems seems to always be there with the medicine profession when many times the relatives think that the patient died because of the doctor. Here in my hospital we make sure that if we feel there is a chance of losing the ...
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This situation is very rare in dentistry and I personally have never come across such situation in my professional career. It is very sad that doctors can too sometimes face such harsh situations. I believe that as a general protocol certain measures can be taken. It is advisable to install CCTV in certain parts of the clinic as it may help in legal proceedings. Moreover, if a male doctor is examining a female patient, it is always advisable to have another female like a female nurse or any othe...
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Mahmoud AbdelAziz Dear Mahmoud, Thanks for posting nice article for defending on typical patients. Most of the times it will not happen in all cases. But rarely patients can hurt medical practitioners due to various verbal, physical, social and psychological consequences. It is better to take assistance of nurse always and its better to observe the feelings and movements of the patient especially in the case of ...
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Priscilla Mae Gobuyan I think I have heard of a similar story wherein a physician performed a rectal or a genital examination, when its not really necessary! I'm just not sure if the patient filed for sexual harassment. Anyway its good that I don't know who did it, and part of me hopes that it's just a story. So far based on my experience, I've never encountered a violent patient in the examinat...
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Marinelle Castro I do totally agree with you. This does not only apply to doctors but also with staff nurses, if they're with opposite sex, performing some revealing examinations should always be accompanied by the sex of the same. In our locality, I am not sure if scenario is even existing wherein the doctors are being attacked by the patients, violent or uncontrollable patients. How about if the situation i...
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As a general rule, when doctors are examining patients of the opposite gender, they should always be accompanied by another doctor or nurse with the same gender as the patient. Although at times, the lack of manpower in the ER makes this difficult to abide. I suggest that if patients are exhibiting signs of unusual behavior during history taking, doctors should take it upon themselves to look for someone to accompany them during examination - - most especially if they will be examining sensitive...
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Most of the times violence occurred in the the emergency department during my career in nursing. Many of my female doctor colleagues were violated, harassed and embarrassed while consulting violent patients. It is only natural that the doctor shouts for help or quickly activate the panic button which will trigger most of us from the outside. Many times, my colleagues are caught off-guard or has stumbled into a situation where they become so lost and unfamiliar with, they are just not able to rea...
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Violence in the medical field exists in all countries with varying degrees in each locality. Doctors and other health care workers are in fact considered one of the most disciplined professionals that are able to control their reactions in front of their patients. Some countries are known to have higher incidence of violence against doctors. In those situations, keeping a safe distance and controlled temper may be life-saving when the doctor has to treat a known criminal or injured people due to...
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