Missouri Medical Center To Issue Staff Panic Buttons Following Uptick In Attacks By Patients

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A Missouri medical middle is giving its workers members panic buttons on account of a troubling enhance in assaults by sufferers through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Assaults on workers by sufferers have tripled up to now year at Cox Medical Center in Branson, Missouri, in accordance with a release from the hospital earlier this month. More than 120 assaults on workers members occurred final year.

“The biggest part of being in health care now is not only being able to give excellent care to your patient you’ve been assigned and to make them feel safe, but to also feel safe yourself as their primary caregiver,” the hospital’s affected person security facilitator, Angie Smith, said in a statement on Facebook.

Smith mentioned she needs staff to know that coping with violence isn’t and shouldn’t simply be thought-about “part of the job.”

The drawback has been exacerbated by the pandemic, in accordance with the medical middle. COVID-19 instances proceed to skyrocket and refill hospitals in lots of communities, decreasing well being care resources and growing wait occasions for different coronavirus sufferers and people with medical points.

In an effort to scale back the violence and shield staff, the Branson hospital plans to supply as much as 400 workers members working in emergency rooms and inpatient hospital rooms with personal panic buttons.

The panic buttons will probably be hooked up to staff’ ID badges, which already embody tracer chips. Pushing the panic button will alert the hospital’s safety crew in addition to different staff a couple of hazard in a selected location.

It additionally prompts a “personal tracing system,” the hospital’s launch mentioned. “Security is immediately notified and a pop-up alert on hospital computers shows the employee’s exact location. If an employee moves after pushing the button, the alert will update their new location.”

The system was efficiently examined at a neighboring facility final year. 

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