Journal article

Feasibility and need for violence risk screening at triage: an exploration of clinical processes and public perceptions in one Australian emergency department

Catherine Daniel, Marie Gerdtz, Stephen Elsom, Jonathan Knott, Roshani Prematunga, Elizabeth Virtue



BACKGROUND: Research on patient aggression in hospital emergency departments supports the development of a systematic process for identifying individuals at risk of becoming violent. The feasibility and community acceptance of this approach is unknown. In this study, we determine the feasibility and explore the need for a violence risk screening process in one Australian emergency department. METHOD: We used a descriptive exploratory design that involved semistructured interviews and observations of practice. The setting was an adult tertiary referral hospital and major trauma centre located in Melbourne, Australia. A convenience sample of nine triage nurses were observed assessing patients ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The initial review and integration of violence risk screening was funded by the Royal Melbourne Hospital Graduate Nurses Association, Jane Bell Award, 2010. The review of emergency response data, analysis of patient interviews and observation data was funded by the Nurses Memorial Centre, Australian Legion of Returned Service Men and Women PhD scholarship 2011 and 2012.