Appalachian Regional Healthcare System has conducted its own safety study and created a committee to generate preventative measures.

The Watauga Democrat reports that last year, Appalachian Regional Healthcare experienced 20 reported assaults with physical injuries.

According to the report, most were minor and did not require additional medical treatment, but a few were significant, and took place at Watauga Medical Center and Charles A Cannon Jr Memorial Hospital.

The study looked at the systems strengths as well as areas where improvement is needed.

As a result, the Workplace Violence Committee was established, including physicians, nurses, hospital police, emergency department personnel and other areas of administration, to develop a prevention program and to evaluate policies, procedures, education, and other aspects, to provide a safe environment for patients and staff.