2 - International Conference in Emergency Medicine and Public Health-Qatar Proceedings
  • ISSN: 1999-7086
  • EISSN: 1999-7094


A security Survey of Emergency Department Hamad General Hospital Background The problem of Emergency Department (ED) violence is a worldwide issue, and a systematic approach to mitigating the threat to our colleagues and patients is fundamental to the advancement of Emergency Medicine (EM). One of the important step to this is to assess and improve knowledge of the staff on workplace violence and how to react to it. Aim of this survey was to assess staff knowledge about measures against workplace violence.

We conducted a survey between, July 2015 to August 2015, in Hamad General Hospital Emergency Department (HGH-ED). Doctors and non-doctors health professionals working in the HGH-ED were asked to fill a paper survey. Data was collected and analyzed anonymously. The categorical outcomes are presented in proportions and continuous outcomes as mean with SD.

A total of 180 staffs were approached to fill this survey. 61.1% was the response rate. Of 110 who completed the survey, 68 (61.8%) were doctors working as ED physicians, and 42 (38.2%) were nurses and clerks. The male proportion was 62.27%. Median age category was 30-39 years with work experience less than five years. Only 24 out of 110 responders (21.8%) were aware about HMC policy dealing with workplace violence. 56 (50.9%) of the staff members were not sure about how to deal with if the incidence happen involving them or their colleague. Non-doctor staff was found to have higher percentage of feeling unsafe at work.

We found poor knowledge about workplace violence policy and how to deal with it in the ED staff. Dedicated efforts are needed to make the staff aware and prepare for such situations.


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