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An ABC approach to assessing the risk of violence at triage

Authors
Journal
Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal
1574-6267
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
10
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.aenj.2007.05.002
Keywords
  • Violence
  • Risk Assessment
  • Aggression
  • Triage
  • Emergency Department
  • Clinical Decision Making
Disciplines
  • Psychology

Abstract

Summary There is evidence to suggest that the incidence of violent behaviour in the emergency department by patients toward staff is on the rise. As part of the process of determining urgency, triage nurses must assess the risk of violence at point of entry. The risk of violence, that is, behaviour that either involves a threat of physical or psychological harm to one's self or to others, is considered a critical predictor of urgency in mental health triage. A rapid violence risk assessment strategy will be described which can be utilised in emergency department triage.

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