A study in the July issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found thattraining for hospital employees occurs more frequently in states where the law requires such courses.
The study compared hospital emergency department training in California and New Jersey. In California, which mandates such training, 91% of the hospitals surveyed offered the training. But in New Jersey, where there is no training requirement, only 72% of hospitals offered the training.
Hospitals that train all workers were “extremely rare,” according to the study, even in California, which requires training only for all employees who work regularly. Physicians and clerical staff were most often excluded from training.
In June, New Jersey released findings that oral abuse and physical assaults of health care workers are common in emergency departments but are rarely reported.