Journal article

Vital signs as predictors for aggression in hospital patients (VAPA)

Julie Considine, Debra Berry, Rebecca Johnson, Natisha Sands

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NURSING | WILEY | Published : 2017

Abstract

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To examine and describe the relationship between physiological status and violent and aggressive behaviours in hospital patients. BACKGROUND: The majority of adverse events are preceded by physiological abnormalities; whether physiological deterioration is a predictor of violent or aggressive behaviours remains unknown. DESIGN: Prospective case-control study. METHODS: Prospective audit of 999 patients from two major health services in Melbourne, Australia. There were 333 cases who required an emergency response for aggressive or violent behaviour (Code Grey) in the emergency department, medical or surgical units, or inpatient mental health unit between January-June 2015...

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