There’s been a lot of stories in the news lately about homicides committed in hospitals. Just out of curiosity, I went to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) website and pulled some data from their Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. It confirmed what I suspected — that homicides of workers in hospitals have increased at twice the rate as correctional facilities, where worker homicides have remained stable. Here’s the graph I was able to make from the BLS data:
The red bars (hospital murders) are up to six and seven homicides per year while the blue bars (correctional facility murders) have remained stable at about three per year. This is only for the employees who have been murdered, not all murder victims.
When we consider the cost and repercussions of increased hospital security, think about this trend. We people wonder if it’s safe to be a forensic psychiatrist in corrections, and I will bring out these numbers. It does seem to be safer to work in prison than in a hospital.
*This blog post was originally published at Shrink Rap*