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How can violence be prevented?

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Various measures can help reduce the possibility of violent or aggressive behaviour by the patient:

  • More flexibility with regard to personal hygiene, sleeping times, etc. according to the need of the patient;

  • Clearly defined rules of behaviour, which help the patient to cooperate and adapt to the difficult situation;

  • Allowing the patient greater privacy;

  • Providing distractions and alternative activities so that patients will not focus exclusively on their suffering;

  • Good organisation of post-operative care, including allowing sufficient time for questions the patient might want to ask;

  • Appropriate care of patients with a high need of care such as patients with dementia and other mental illnesses;

  • Reducing uncertainty on the part of the patient by providing detailed information about their condition and providing enough time to talk to the doctors;

  • An adequate patient-to-nurse ratio. Realistic timetabling helps avoid work overload and allows the nurses to give proper attention to the patients.

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