Healthcare, Violence and a Society Gone Nuts?

In a report this morning,

In the health system’s annual state of the union address, Cleveland Clinic President and CEO Tom Mihaljevic, MD, outlined several key initiatives the system will implement to fight rising healthcare costs and improve care for its growing patient base.

OK, that sounds like something normal, right? Until you get to point #4:

4. Another area the health system will focus on is employee safety, as violence against healthcare professionals continues to increase across the nation. In 2018, Cleveland Clinic confiscated 30,000 weapons from patients and has added panic buttons to employees’ badges, among other safety initiatives.

30,000 weapons? In a hospital? Now I agree that a delay in response to a call button can be annoying, but isn’t this going a bit far?


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