Can Incident Reporting Improve Workplace Safety in Healthcare?

You’re well aware of the increasing problem of workplace violence in healthcare. According to the 2021 IAHSS Crime Survey, hospital assaults hit an all-time high in 2020, with the assault rate increasing more than 23% from 2019.

But these numbers are likely severely underreported, especially in an official capacity. According to a survey conducted by Wayne State University, 45% of those surveyed “claimed to have reported an incident informally to a supervisor or manager”, but when those results were compared to actual events entered in the hospital’s incident reporting system, only 12% of these incidents were reported.

The importance of nurturing an environment of that encourages communication, training, and safety cannot be understated, but your workplace violence prevention program won’t succeed if you don’t have the incident reporting software in place to record and track incidents of violence.

Complete, efficient, and consistent reporting is the number one solution that enables all other workplace violence interventions to succeed, and the right software can serve as the backbone of an effective healthcare workplace violence prevention program.

You can’t know where your organization needs extra support or which intervention will be most effective if you don’t know exactly what’s happening, where it’s happening, when it’s happening, and why it’s happening.

The right incident reporting software should allow you to:

  • Make more informed decisions with convenient reporting and easy-to-search databases
  • Streamline operations with superior communication features
  • Save time on data entry by automatically populating known information
  • Automate reporting
  • Ensure efficient, accurate data collection

Learn more about how the right incident reporting software is an essential part of your workplace violence prevention programs. Contact us for more information or a free demo.