How can violence be prevented?
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.