Violence Against EMS Responders

Posted: Aug. 31, 2017

When responding to emergency medical calls, threats of violence to EMS workers can come from patients, family members or even bystanders. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 2,600 EMS workers received hospital treatment in 2014 for injuries resulting from work-related violence.

EMS workers helping a patient at a protest

Last year, researchers published an article that investigated injuries to paramedics and emergency medical technicians from patient-initiated violence. These EMS workers were employed by a large, urban fire department. Here’s what the researchers found:

Research takeaways

Taylor, J. A., Barnes, B., Davis, A. L., Wright, J., Widman, S., & Levasseur, M. (2016). Expecting the unexpected: A mixed methods study of violence to EMS responders in an urban fire department. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 59(2), 150-163. doi:10.1002/ajim.22550

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