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A&E figures confirm rise in violent crime

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A&E nurses are increasingly dealing with both the victims and perpetrators of crime, a UK study has confirmed.

Rates of emergency admissions for assault have risen 30% over four years in England, according to a study published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

The researchers, from John Moores University in Liverpool, analysed the number of A&E admissions to hospitals from 2002 to 2006, during which time more than 120,000 people were admitted as an emergency as a direct result of violence.

They found admissions for assault rose from 25,789 in 2002-2003 to 33,940 in 2005-2006. Such admissions were highest at weekends with around one in five of the total admitted over this period.

Additionally, higher rates of admission for all ages were also seen among those living in areas of deprivation. Efforts to tackle health problems in poor communities will fail unless such violence is addressed, they warn.

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  • I can not comment on Accident and Emergency figures but I have seen a marked increase in the assaults on mental health nurses. Over the last year I have been assaulted three times, I have had two teeth knocked out and had two fractured ribs on another occasion. One of my colleagues who qualified at the same time as I did has had reconstruction surgery to her cheek. We both still work in the same departments and love our jobs but trusts need to start to use the medium secure services to contain patients who are requiring treatment whilst in prison services and not place them into any PICU bed thats available to the detriment of nurses like us who dont have the support or facilities to contain such violent behaviour.

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