Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert #59

The Joint Commission’s timely Sentinel Event Alert #59 relative to physical and verbal violence against health care workers reminds me of the #MeToo movement.  For too long providers have tolerated and ignored the inappropriate and sometimes harmful actions by patients, visitors and sometimes co-workers.  Everyone knows it’s often challenging to provide high quality, safe care in today’s health care environment; but having to withstand abuse that is overlooked makes it intolerable.  The Joint Commission provides a free poster providing information and increasing transparency.  Let’s all “stand up” to improve the culture for our health care providers.