Managing violent patient incidents: the role of a behavioral emergency committee.

L. F. Sparr, D. J. Drummond, N. G. Hamilton

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The Portland (Oregon) Veterans Administration Medical Center acknowledged the problem of dealing with aggressive and disruptive patients by establishing a behavioral emergency committee (BEC). The BEC first introduced a system for tracking disruptive patient incidents and then initiated an electronic flagging system for violence-prone patients that alerts medical center clinical and security personnel when a potentially dangerous patient is present. The committee also coordinates violence control training for medical center personnel. Since the BEC was formed, disruptive behavior among this high-risk patient group has been significantly reduced.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-153
Number of pages7
JournalQRB. Quality review bulletin
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management


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