Aegis is creating new focus on empowering healthcare professionals by introducing Aegis ED. Aegis ED is a training program built specifically for nurses and healthcare professionals with focus on the Emergency Department. Aegis ED includes the standard Aegis De-escalation model and a ramped-up portion of section 4 that utilizes scenario-based training, increased attention to cultural factors, and a section that aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental health.
The physical aspect of training is focused on Clinical Personal Protection (CPP). A surveillance study conducted by the ENA revealed that 50% of the participating nurses experienced verbal or physical violence. The most common form of abuse was verbal and nearly half were pulled or grabbed. Aegis CPP provides effective and appropriate solutions for these specific types of occurrences. CPP (curriculum outlined blow) provides protective and evasive techniques to prevent and disengage from unwanted contact. CPP provides specific solutions for a wide array of common grabs, slaps, strikes, pushes, hair pulls, bites, chokes, etc. that nurses and health care professionals may experience. CPP is a systems approach that best ensures personal safety in a clinical environment and is composed of prescribed techniques that are recognized across the country. Training in CPP also best mitigates the possibility of an inappropriate staff reaction to being grabbed (i.e. striking back).
CPP does not include benevolent restraint training, but Aegis does have additional offerings for training in the use of benevolent restraints (see below).