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Violence In Healthcare: Is It Really An Issue?

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Posted: Monday, March 12, 2018 11:22 AM

West Virginia Department of
Health and Human Resources

Office of Emergency
Medical Services

Violence In Healthcare: Is It Really An Issue?



The safety of healthcare workers is a priority whether in the prehospital or hospital setting. This lecture will provide an understanding of the growing epidemic of violence against healthcare workers and how best to handle it.


Course Description

Kip Teitsort, EMT-P, I/C, Founder of DT4EMS, LLC, will be presenting Violence in Healthcare: Is it really an Issue?, an exciting four-hour presentation that gives the audience an eye-opening and realistic understanding of the violence against healthcare workers and what can be done to address it. Presented by a recognized subject-matter expert, it covers a synopsis of 20 years of research on the subject, as well as street-proven tips for managing and mitigating violence in healthcare.


Course Objectives

  • Recognize the large volume of verbal and physical violence directed at EMS;
  • State the need for training for escaping a violent encounter;
  • Distinguish what is "reasonable" regarding the use of force in self-defense;
  • Discuss the need for educators to better prepare students for violence on the job;
  • State that being a victim of violence is not to be accepted as "part of the job";
  • Review the pitfalls and perils of patient restraints; and
  • State how de-escalation requires a communication loop.


Continuing Education

EMS approved for 4.0 Continuing Education (CE) Units. Nursing CEs are pending approval.


Dates and Locations

This course is being offered in two locations.

March 19, 2018

Holiday Inn & Suites

400 Second Avenue

South Charleston, WV 25303

March 20, 2018

Bridgeport Conference Center 300 Conference Center Way Bridgeport, WV 26330


Registration: 8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Class Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Max participants: 100 per site There is no-cost for registrants



To register, visit:



Vicki Hildreth, EMSC Coordinator

(304) 356-4470

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communication approved kip teitsort announcement jh.pdf

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