America's ER Docs Alarmed by Rising Violence From Patients

FRIDAY, Sept. 23, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The stories grabbed headlines during the pandemic: Violent episodes in U.S. emergency rooms where patients attacked doctors.

Now, a new poll shows just how widespread the problem has become: Two-thirds of emergency physicians reported being assaulted in the past year alone, while more than one-third of respondents said they have been assaulted more than once. Even worse, about 80% of emergency physicians reported an increasing rate of violence, with 45% saying it had “greatly increased” over the past five years.

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