Top 10 Resources for Healthcare Professionals

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If you face problems like injuries and burnout in your hospital, you’re likely on the lookout for strategies to make your facility safer.

Likewise, if you need to comply with regulations, legislation, or accreditation requirements, you’re probably looking for ways to meet those standards—and improve staff retention and patient satisfaction while you’re at it.
To help you do that, here are some of our most popular resources of 2016. These top resources reached thousands of healthcare professionals like you, and helped them reduce violence. Check them out, and pass them on!
1. Responding to Abusive Patient Behavior
Almost always, there are warning signs that a person's behavior is moving toward a crisis. These 10 ways to defuse incidents can aid in early interventions and help staff de-escalate an incident before it can become dangerous.
2. Domestic Violence: What Can Nurses Do?
Imagine what could happen if all nurses were as informed about domestic violence as they are about wound care or diabetes management. When you know the warning signs of domestic violence and how to respond, you can help people across all cultural and socio-economic groups feel and be safer.
3. Trauma-Informed Care Resources
When someone has survived a traumatic event, their behavior is affected by what they’ve been through. These resources will help you help someone who needs your trauma-informed response.
4. Restraint Reduction and CPI Training
CPI is restraint training, right? Actually, we teach that the safest restraint is the one that’s never used. Learn how you can prevent and reduce the use of restraint.
5. Using Prevention Before Intervention [Podcast]
An enraged patient in a mental health unit barricades himself behind a door with a glass window. He screams that anyone who comes near him will be hurt. How do staff respond? Listen to security supervisor James Gulbranson describe how his training helped him de-escalate this high-risk situation.
6. 12 Ways to Help a Developmentally Traumatized Child
When a kid with trauma explodes like the Tasmanian Devil, here’s how to get them back on track.
7. How Therapeutic Writing Can Help Crisis Workers
Each day as a psych liaison nurse, Laurie Barkin was exposed to other people’s pain and suffering. One night, unable to sleep, she discovered what would help her process her feelings about each tragedy.
8. How I Calmed an Upset Patient and Prevented a Bad Situation From Getting Worse
A man was yelling at staff, refusing to get out of the transport van. What security captain James Spoerl did isn’t typical in mental health facilities like his, but it calmed the situation down for everyone.
9. How to Stay Safe During Home Visits
It can be scary being alone on someone else's turf. Try these 15 tips to practice prevention and stay safe.
10. Personal Resilience: How to Be Resilient When You’re a Caregiver
To stay strong in a crisis (and bounce back when it's over), flex your seven resilience muscles.

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Thank you for all you do to make staff and patients safer. From all of us at CPI, we wish you Happy Holidays and a safe and healthy 2017!

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“I believe that more often than many people think is possible, we can prevent problems from getting out of control. We can make each other safer.”