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Beacon badges offer defense against workplace violence

The hospital can be a dangerous place for healthcare professionals.

According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, approximately 24,000 working adults are the victims of workplace violence on average each year. Of those, an astounding 75 percent are healthcare workers.

Even worse, healthcare workers injured as a result of violence on the job are four times more likely than other types of workers to be seriously injured and require days away from work to recover.

The nature of healthcare work, particularly hospitals, elevates risk of violence. Nurses, aides, physicians and other staff are caring for people at their most vulnerable. The vast majority of assaults against take place at the hands of patients. Many are in physical pain and may be emotionally or psychologically unstable.

Direct patient care – the time when hospital staff are most vulnerable to attack – often takes place in private or semi-private areas, which could make it challenging to quickly summon help.

But thanks to HID Global, a recognized industry leader in trusted identity solutions, help may be as near as the ubiquitous staff ID badge. HID Global recently announced the launch of their new BEEKs™ Duress Badge Beacon. Staff members or clinicians can simply press the back of their badge to trigger a duress alert that identifies zeros in on their location wherever they are in the facility or grounds and summons security teams for help. The badges feature a Bluvision enabled BLE beacon that makes it possible to locate the wearer anywhere inside a configured area. The beacons are accurate within six feet of the wearer.

The technology is also suitable for other use cases where employees might be at elevated risk of assault, such as the hospitality industry, according to a press release by HID Global.

Interesting in learning more about how to enhance safety and security at your facility? Call ECT Services at (800) 567-1180 for a consultation today.

Are active shooters a threat to hospitals?

For several deadly, terrifying moments, a place of comfort and care became a scene of death and chaos.

An active shooter recently rampaged through a New York City hospital, wounding six and killing one before taking his own life. The shooter, a former doctor at the facility, deliberately targeted medical staff at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. He took the life of a fellow doctor, and seriously wounded several doctors and medical students.
According to Becker Hospital Review, shootings in hospital are rare, with an average of only 14 per year. Most of the shootings – 33 percent – were the result of “grudges” according to the same study.

Revenge seems to be what motivated Dr. Henry Bello, the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center shooter. The former doctor resigned under pressure from Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in 2015 after being accused of sexually harassing a co-worker according to a story in the New York Times. The incident was part of pattern of troubling behavior that riddled the doctor’s life.

Workplace shootings are actually on the rise, and revenge by disgruntled former employees is often the motivation. According to the most recent study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, The most recent records by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workplace shootings increased by 15 percent to 354 in 2015, the first such increase since 2012.

What should employers do to protect workers, customers and others from disgruntled former employees bent on revenge?

Pay attention to patterns of disturbing behavior. Consider tracking workers who have been suspended or terminated.

Make active shooter training a part of regular safety and emergency planning.
Consider upgrading security options to include an active shooter detection system. The Guardian shot detection system by Shooter Detection Systems automatically detects when shots are fired and responds by alerting authorities, significantly reducing response time. The system can be integrated with other systems to lock doors, send messages and more.
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