Italian nurses are strangers’ favourite victims

by Roberta Lunghini - 2015.02.27

In Italy, nurses are increasingly at risk of aggression and violence from outsiders. On a total of about 4,000 injuries compensated in 2013 by the Italian Workers' Compensation Authority for this particular type of event, in fact, about 1,200 (nearly 1/3 of the total) occurred in Healthcare and of these as many as 71% (851 cases) involved the female component. The executioners, in general, are the patients (the majority with psychiatric problems) and their relatives. This was revealed in the book 'Prendersi cura di chi ci cura – La sicurezza e la tutela sul lavoro delle donne che operano nel campo dell’assistenza sanitaria' ('Taking care of those who take care of us - Work safety and protection of women working in the field of health care') realized by the National Association of Maimed Workers, and Invalids of Labour (‘Associazione Nazionale fra Lavoratori Mutilati e Invalidi del Lavoro’ – ANMIL) and just presented in Roma, at Palazzo Madama. Which also shows that nursing staff, particularly women, is the most affected by injuries among all the professionals working in health and social care sector. Every year, in fact, they suffer more than 10,000 injuries: 32% of the total. In practice, 1/3 of injured health workers is composed of nurses.

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