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SJHH / Quality & Performance/ External Review & Corporate Information

External Review & Corporate Information

Working Together: Keeping Each Other Safe, Preventing Violence I A Report and Resource Guide

Violence in the health care setting has long been an unspoken reality. It has often been viewed as an unpleasant hazard of the job.  Violence in health care isn’t a new phenomenon; acknowledging it is.  Taking steps to reduce the risk of incident and injury for staff, patients and the public in general is a growing movement that is long overdue.

At St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, we are not only acknowledging the existence of unpredictable behaviour, we are taking measures to enhance the safety of our workplace. We are choosing to lead the discussion.St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton has developed Working Together: Keeping Each Other Safe, Preventing Violence I A Report and Resource Guide to recognize the work done by all of our staff, physicians and volunteers to create a safer workplace when it comes to prevention of violence. This is also a resource guide that can be used by staff and physicians to access policies and procedures, and to gain a better understanding of current practices. It gives voice to many of our staff at the front line, as well as our union partners. It recognizes that a safe environment goes hand-in-glove with providing excellent, compassionate care.