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Be Attuned to Patient Behavior

Be Attuned to Patient Behavior

Patients may provide non-verbal or behavioral cues of potentially violent behavior. Staying aware of these non-verbal cues may increase safety. 

Non-Verbal/Behavior cues include:

  • Physical appearance (clothing and hygiene neglected)
  • Arms held tight across chest
  • Clenched fists
  • Heavy breathing
  • Pacing or agitation
  • A terrified look signifying fear and high anxiety
  • A fixed stare
  • Aggressive or threatening posture
  • Thrown objects
  • Sudden changes in behavior
  • Indications of drunkenness or substance abuse

Workplace Violence Prevention Program

Contact the Workplace Violence Prevention Unit: