Increase in violence at hospitals triggers security review

By Brandon Graziano
May 1, 2018 - 12:00pm

Nurses across the province are applauding the Saskatchewan Health Authority for looking into violent incidents in hospitals.

The Health Authority plans to hire a consultant to review security protocols in health facilities across Saskatchewan after seeing an increase in violence. Tracy Zambory, with the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, said violence is especially prominent in the Prince Albert area.

"There was an increase at the Victoria Hospital," Zambory said. "That's why Andrew Will, vice-president of infrastructure, information and support for the Saskatchewan Health Authority, has triggered the review."

Zambory said several departments seem to be affected more than others when it comes to the violent incidents.

"The emergency room, the mental health unit, and even long-term health facilities have the largest issues," Zambroy said.

In addition to violent incidents, theft is also going to be a part of the review, which will be spearheaded by Tony Weeks of BigLeap Consultation and Advisory Services. The consultation itself will cost $48,000 and is expected to be completed by the summer.

A spokesperson with the Saskatchewan Health Authority could not provide statistics on violence rates at healthcare facilities, but confirmed that there has been an increase in violent incidents, especially at the Victoria Hospital.


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