New video highlights safety strategies for health care workers

April 26, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership,

The U-M Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) recently partnered with Adult Emergency Services to create a Proxemics video demonstrating body positioning and safety strategies for health care workers.

The video, released earlier this month, was created as part of the Workplace Violence Prevention Program, or WPVPP, a systemwide program building upon established policies, programs and training, to educate, inform and empower our community on preventing and mitigating workplace violence.

“Violent incidents in health care are on the rise, at Michigan Medicine and across the country,” said Victor Hong, M.D., medical director for Psychiatric Emergency Services and a member of the WPVPP Lead Team and multidisciplinary committee.

“We need all the tools possible to reduce these incidents,” Hong said. “I personally have experienced what can happen without adequate awareness. Increasing awareness and vigilance among our staff is crucial to the safety of employees, patients and visitors.”

The Proxemics video focuses on body positioning and scanning the environment, which are both key to staying safe in patient care and non-clinical environments — and even outside of work.

“The video shows some of the signs and ‘Red Scale Behaviors’ that indicate a person is escalating and shows how you can position to give yourself a safety advantage while still appearing professional and welcoming,” said Brian Uridge, M.P.A., DPSS deputy director and director of Michigan Medicine Security.

“Although it depicts a clinical environment, the concepts are applicable everywhere within the health system,” said Uridge.

The video is one component in an overall training plan that teaches other crucial skills like de-escalation.

More information and resources can be found on the Workplace Violence Prevention Program website.

Take a look at the new video above.