Effect of closed circuit television on urban violence. (1/166)

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of city and town centre closed circuit television (CCTV) surveillance on violence in terms of accident and emergency (A&E) department and police assault data. METHODS: A&E department and local police assault data in three centres in Wales (Cardiff, Swansea, and Rhyl) two years before and two years after the installation of CCTV were studied. British Crime Survey and police crime statistics were used as control data. RESULTS: A&E records of 24,442 assault patients and 3228 violent offences recorded by the police were studied. Data from two A&E departments (Swansea (+3%) and Rhyl (+45%)) showed increases in recorded assaults after CCTV installation but a decrease (12%) in the largest centre, Cardiff. There was an overall reduction in town/city centre violence from the A&E department perspective of 1% in the two years after CCTV installation. In contrast, police data demonstrated changes in the opposite direction (-44%, -24%, and +20% respectively) contributing to an overall decrease of 9%. British Crime Survey and police statistics for England and Wales demonstrated no overall change and a 16% increase respectively. CONCLUSIONS: City centre CCTV installation had no obvious influence on levels of assaults recorded in A&E departments. There was a negative relationship between police and A&E recording in all three centres. A&E departments are important and unique sources of information about community violence.  (+info)

Violence in the emergency department: a survey of health care workers. (2/166)

BACKGROUND: Violence in the workplace is an ill-defined and underreported concern for health care workers. The objectives of this study were to examine perceived levels of violence in the emergency department, to obtain health care workers' definitions of violence, to determine the effect of violence on health care workers and to determine coping mechanisms and potential preventive strategies. METHODS: A retrospective written survey of all 163 emergency department employees working in 1996 at an urban inner-city tertiary care centre in Vancouver. The survey elicited demographic information, personal definition of violence, severity of violence, degree of stress as a result of violence and estimate of the number of encounters with violence in the workplace in 1996. The authors examined the effects of violence on job performance and job satisfaction, and reviewed coping and potential preventive strategies. RESULTS: Of the 163 staff, 106 (65%) completed the survey. A total of 68% (70/103) reported an increased frequency of violence over time, and 60% (64/106) reported an increased severity. Most of the respondents felt that violence included witnessing verbal abuse (76%) and witnessing physical threats or assaults (86%). Sixty respondents (57%) were physically assaulted in 1996. Overall, 51 respondents (48%) reported impaired job performance for the rest of the shift or the rest of the week after an incident of violence. Seventy-seven respondents (73%) were afraid of patients as a result of violence, almost half (49%) hid their identities from patients, and 78 (74%) had reduced job satisfaction. Over one-fourth of the respondents (27/101) took days off because of violence. Of the 18 respondents no longer working in the emergency department, 12 (67%) reported that they had left the job at least partly owing to violence. Twenty-four-hour security and a workshop on violence prevention strategies were felt to be the most useful potential interventions. Physical exercise, sleep and the company of family and friends were the most frequent coping strategies. INTERPRETATION: Violence in the emergency department is frequent and has a substantial effect on staff well-being and job satisfaction.  (+info)

Public opinion about guns in the home. (3/166)

OBJECTIVES: (1) Determine the frequency of gun ownership, acquisition, and transfer; (2) assess gun storage practices; and (3) compare the views of firearm owning and non-owning adults regarding the protective value of keeping a gun in the home. SETTING AND METHODS: Over three different time periods (1995, 1996, and 1999) stratified, random digit telephone surveys were conducted in a five county area of metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia. Five hundred adults (aged 21+ years) responded to each survey. RESULTS: The proportion of Atlanta area households reporting firearm ownership was generally stable over this interval (38%, 40%, and 35% respectively). The percentage of gun owning households containing a handgun (approximately 75%) was stable as well. In 1995, more than half of gun owning households kept one or more guns unlocked; since that time, the trend has been gradually downward. In 1995, 44% of gun owning respondents kept one or more guns loaded, compared with 38% in 1996 and 40% in 1999. A majority of respondents to all three surveys (55%) agreed with the statement "A home with a gun is less secure than a home without a gun, because a gun can be involved in an accidental shooting, suicide or family homicide". Among five home security measures, respondents rated a burglar alarm most effective, and keeping a gun in the home least effective. CONCLUSIONS: In Atlanta, many households keep a firearm for protection, but they are ambivalent about the associated risks. These findings suggest that education about gun safety should include a discussion of the risks of unsafe storage, and non-lethal alternatives for home security.  (+info)

Outcomes of rapid defibrillation by security officers after cardiac arrest in casinos. (4/166)

BACKGROUND: The use of automated external defibrillators by persons other than paramedics and emergency medical technicians is advocated by the American Heart Association and other organizations. However, there are few data on the outcomes when the devices are used by nonmedical personnel for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. METHODS: We studied a prospective series of cases of sudden cardiac arrest in casinos. Casino security officers were instructed in the use of automated external defibrillators. The locations where the defibrillators were stored in the casinos were chosen to make possible a target interval of three minutes or less from collapse to the first defibrillation. Our protocol called for a defibrillation first (if feasible), followed by manual cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The primary outcome was survival to discharge from the hospital. RESULTS: Automated external defibrillators were used, 105 patients whose initial cardiac rhythm was ventricular fibrillation. Fifty-six of the patients 153 percent) survived to discharge from the hospital. Among the 90 patients whose collapse was witnessed (86 percent), the clinically relevant time intervals were a mean (+/-SD) of 3.5+/-2.9 minutes from collapse to attachment of the defibrillator, 4.4+/-2.9 minutes from collapse to the delivery of the first defibrillation shock, and 9.8+/-4.3 minutes from collapse to The arrival of the paramedics. The survival rate was 74 percent for those who received their first defibrillation no later than three minutes after a witnessed collapse and 49 percent for those who received their first defibrillation after more than three minutes. CONCLUSIONS: Rapid defibrillation by nonmedical personnel using an automated external defibrillator can improve survival after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest due to ventricular fibrillation. Intervals of no more than three minutes from collapse to defibrillation are necessary to achieve the highest survival rates.  (+info)

Medium secure forensic psychiatry services: comparison of seven English health regions. (5/166)

BACKGROUND: Regional medium secure developments have proceeded unevenly, with wide variations in resources to deliver services. AIMS: To compare patients admitted to seven (pre-reorganisation) regional services and styles of service delivery. METHOD: A record survey of a complete sample of 2608 patients admitted on 3403 occasions between 1 January 1988 and 31 December 1994. RESULTS: Services differed according to location of patients before admission, their legal basis for detention, criminal and antisocial behaviour, diagnosis, security needs and length of stay. Regions with more resources and lower demand provided a wider range of services. Thames services were relatively under-provided during the study period, with North East Thames substantially reliant on admissions to private hospitals. CONCLUSIONS: Uncoordinated development led to under-provision despite high demand. Certain regions prioritised offender patients and did not support local psychiatric services. New standards are required for service specification and resource allocation to redress inequality. Traditional performance measures were of limited usefulness in comparing services.  (+info)

Survey of patients from an inner-London health authority in medium secure psychiatric care. (6/166)

BACKGROUND: Underprovision by the National Health Service (NHS) has led to an increase in medium secure psychiatric beds managed by the independent sector. Black people are overrepresented in medium secure care. AIMS: To describe those people from an inner-London health authority occupying all forms of medium secure provision. To compare those in NHS provision with those in the independent sector, and Black patients with White patients. METHOD: A census of those in medium secure care in August 1997. RESULTS: The 90 patients in independent-sector units were similar to the 93 patients in NHS units except that they were more likely to have been referred from general psychiatric services (48% v. 19%) and less likely to have been referred from the criminal justice system or a high-security hospital (37% v. 63%). There were few differences between Black and White patients. CONCLUSIONS: The NHS meets only part of the need for medium secure care of the population of this London health authority. This comparison of the characteristics of Black and White patients does not help to explain why Black people are overrepresented in medium secure settings.  (+info)

Emerging illness and bioterrorism: implications for public health. (7/166)

Biological weapons have the potential to inflict deliberate, potentially devastating epidemics of infectious disease on populations. The science and technology exist to create deliberate outbreaks of human disease, as well as disease among plants and animals, crops, and livestock. A new awareness among policymakers of the link between public health and national security requires the attention of public health professionals. The issues posed by biological weapons are likely to challenge the political assumptions of many progressive public health professionals and will demand new coalitions. The prospect of bioterrorism may offer new opportunities for improving the public health infrastructure and its capabilities.  (+info)

Risk management. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Interim rule adopted as final with changes. (8/166)

This is a final rule amending the NASA FAR Supplement (NFS) to emphasize considerations of risk management, including safety, security (including information technology security), health, export control, and damage to the environment, within the acquisition process. This final rule addresses risk management within the context of acquisition planning, selecting sources, choosing contract type, structuring award fee incentives, administering contracts, and conducting contractor surveillance.  (+info)