The Aggressive Incidents Scale
Recording aggression and violence involving patients using a common language
Inform and Evaluate Interventions
Improve Documentation of Aggression and Violence
Improve Communication Based on Reliable Documentation
Foster Discussion of Risk
The AIS uses a common language to describe and rate aggressive incidents
Incidents are recorded each day, and a total is provided for each week and month. This results in a cumulative and graphic depiction of a patient’s record of aggression. From the monthly report for a patient, anyone can interpret the level of aggression experienced by the patient, and whether there are patterns, including improvement or escalation.
The AIS may be used independently, or in conjunction with the HARM
The AIS language is a two-part code.
The first part is a scale (1-9) reflecting the severity of the incident.
The second part is a letter reflecting whether staff intervened during the incident, and the type of intervention that occurred.