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Journal Article

Addressing dual patient and staff safety through a team-based standardized patient simulation for agitation management in the emergency department.

Wong AH, Auerbach MA, Ruppel H, et al. Simulation in healthcare : journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. 2018;13:154-162.

Workplace violence in health care is a particular area of concern in the emergency department (ED). Patients who are agitated present a unique management challenge for ED providers because they are at increased risk for causing harm, both to themselves and to health care workers. This mixed-methods study concludes that simulation may be a helpful tool for improving teamwork when caring for patients with behavioral issues in the ED.