According to a series of Alerts recently issued by The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, hospitals are not immune to the violence found in the other areas of our lives. They noted assault, rape and homicide are consistently in the top 10 types of serious events reported to The Joint Commission and these instances are vastly under-reported.
There is truly no safe haven from violent behavior when not only our homes, but our churches and hospitals are under attack from without and within. Patients, staff and visitors are exposed to the same anxiety-ridden fears that plague our neighborhoods and inner-cities. At one end of the spectrum, patients and workers are dealing with issues of over-work, exhaustion and personal problems. At the same time Emergency Rooms are the targets of gang retaliation and warfare. And there is an endless array of unacceptable behaviors that fall into the continuum.
What can we do when our places of rest and selfless dedication to the welfare of others become a battleground?
Here are recommendations from The Joint Commission with my own thoughts:
- Evaluate the facility’s risk levels
- Take extra security precautions in the emergency department
- Conduct thorough background checks of all full, part time and temporary employee
- Report crime to law enforcement
- Train staff and security to work cohesively with and when around patients and their respective family members
- Create a stronger sense of a “Security Presence”
Rage and violence in our society is not an easy tide to turn, but we must make decreasing violence a priority. Our homes must once again become our refuge, our churches places of spiritual nurturance, and our hospitals a beacon of selfless service free from the terrorizing trauma of violence.
Lastly, this needs to be done now! If we allow the “fire to be fed” it will only escalate our current situation, making it much more difficult to resolve.
How Life Rage can Help
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is under pressure to do good. With more and more players being indicted for domestic violence, most people are wondering if the NFL has turned a blind eye on this terrifying crime for years.
Here’s a cold, hard fact: Since 2000, there have been 87 arrests of 80 NFL players, linking them to domestic violence.
- The NFL has 2,016 players between the ages of 21-39 years old.
- According to the Wall Street Journal, approximately 4% of males in this age category will perpetrate partner violence each year – so if you extrapolate that figure - approximately 80 of the current NFL Players will fit this mold.
- Yet, only 1/4th of all domestic violence perps will garner an arrest.
Here are several possible solutions to this heinous crime. Some are being pursued, while other are in the talking stage:
- Anger management classes for those convicted of violence
- Education of coaches and staff to identify and report individuals who exhibit these traits
- Family services hotline for wives, girlfriends and children of NFL players
- Creation of a NFL women’s advisory committee to advocate for the victims. This is actually already happening in partnership with the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
- The NFL gives a multi-year, multimillion dollar pledge to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. This too is already happening.
- Suspension of a number of games for these players
- Lifetime suspension for a second offense
Here is What Life Rage Author Timothy A. Dimoff Suggests
While Tim believes in the items listed above, he thinks the convicted players should play for 25% of their contracted salary for the rest of their career. Where will the rest of the salary go? Tim wants it to be put in a fund for domestic violence education and training to be overseen by the NFL, domestic violence experts and psychologists.
What do you think is the right answer?
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According to a study effective supervisors must know the limits of all the people on their team. However, most untrained supervisors don’t understand how to adjust to the needs of their team, some of who may have been former co-workers or even close friends.
- Poor communication skills
- Weak leadership capabilities
- Managers unable or unwilling to adapt to change
- Poor relationship builders
Do you feel as though “You’ve turned your” best employees…. into your worst supervisors” simply by promoting them and not properly training them in their new role? Recognizing these potential problems before poor manager issues escalate is crucial to a well run business.
Most companies don’t realize that many of the staff being promoted has never been taught to MANAGE! SACS provides train-the-trainer education programs to make sure your star employees can still shine as your star supervisors!
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I am sure that everyone will agree that we need to protect our families and make our communities safer. Unfortunately, we are seeing a significant increase in the use of firearms during the commission of crimes in Ohio. All of the statistics referenced in this blog are directly from the State of Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
Between 2000 and 2009, 59.2% of homicides in Ohio were committed with a firearm. In 2009 alone, criminals used guns in 62% of all homicides and 41% all robberies. Also, in 2009, law enforcement officers across the state investigated an average of 34 incidents daily in which a gun was present.
The statistics from last four decades of stats are even more alarming. According to BCI data, we had 9009 arrests in Ohio in the 1970’s that dealt with illegal use of guns. That number increased to over 12,000 in the 1980’s, and doubled in the 1990’s to over 24,000. And, the number for the last ten years for arrests that included use of an illegal firearm climbed to 45,197. This concerns me and it should concern you as we continue to track “Life Rage” trends at SACS Consulting.
In addition to these disturbing statistics we are seeing a huge spike, especially in the last decade, in the number of repeat offenders using guns to commit crimes.
What do these shocking statistics clearly tell us? The reality is that the same people are repeatedly committing violent crimes using guns. Our government, law enforcement and communities need to step up and become very serious about going after these criminals who utilize guns as part of their criminal actions. We also need to curtail violent repeat offenders, especially those who choose to utilize a gun in the commission of their crimes. And lastly, we need to prioritize prison space for these criminals who really deserve and need to be locked up.
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Another form of “Life Rage” is taking place right under our noses! Identity theft and debit-card fraud continues to rise as criminals increasingly target automated teller machines to “skim” card information and personal-identification numbers. Previously, most fraud occurred at independent ATMs or at retail points of sale, but this has changed.
In the first six months of 2010, fraud at bank-owned ATMs made up more than 80% of the breaches, according to fraud-detection software provider Fair Isaac. Attacks on retailers are also on the rise, with card numbers, cardholder names, and PINs being skimmed from payment terminals. We have seen a 400% increase in this area in the last five years.
One tactic is a “flash attack,” in which gangs use stolen information to create counterfeit debit cards. The gangs then dispatch cronies to hundreds of ATMs in several cities at once, each withdrawing a small dollar amount that adds up to tens of thousands in losses.
Some skimming devices are able to fit inside ATM card readers and small pinhead-sized cameras record hands punching PINs. To the average person everything appears to be legitimate and the equipment appears secure. Surprisingly, even the banks cannot tell that a machine has been compromised.
Another popular method that skimmers utilize is to place skimmers on outdoor ATMs on Saturday mornings and remove them by Monday morning, passing on the stolen data within hours. Banks are closed during these hours and this affords the criminal plenty of time to illegally operate without detection.
There is new technology being utilized outside of the U.S. Some countries have adopted so-called chip-and-PIN debit cards that have an added layer of protection, but U.S. banks and retailers are hesitant to adopt the technology because of the expense involved. In time, I expect the costs of the upgraded technology to decrease so that the implementation of this new technology will be embraced in the United States.