The numbers are staggering.
Compared to other professions, healthcare workers endure the most instances of nonfatal workplace violence, by a substantial margin.
Furthermore, attacks on healthcare workers make up nearly 70 percent of all nonfatal workplace assaults resulting in days away from work (in the U.S.), according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
In an industry where staff safety is at risk day in and day out, the importance of Real-Time Locating System (RTLS) technology, is becoming a must-have system in the healthcare sector. Whether you operate a clinic, hospital, or senior living facility, the opportunity for danger to lurk within your own walls is enough to warrant these safety measures.
RTLS badges allow staff members to press a silent badge button in a moment of danger or when help is needed immediately, and within a few seconds, the appropriate people know exactly WHO is requesting the help, and WHERE they are located.
Unpredictable patients put hospitals and clinics at risk
While safety in healthcare is often most pertinent to staff members, the dangers can extend to visitors, and one recent extreme case, a police officer. An outpatient facility at the Vanderbilt University Medical recently went through a harrowing safety experience while a prison inmate was being treated as a forensic patient.
A police deputy present at the clinic was stabbed by the inmate, which led to the deputy fatally shooting the inmate. In this situation, quick action was needed by the deputy, who was fortunately equipped to handle the incident.
What if the stabbing victim had been someone other than a police officer? What potential dangers arise in situations when normal “civilian” patients come to a clinic or hospital and become violent or agitated?
These stats and stories serve as a reminder that healthcare providers are under a constant cloud of safety concern, as patients from all walks of life enter their doors. Some are ill, some are agitated, some may struggle with mental health issues, and the list goes on.
The bottom line is, providing staff members and visitors with an instant, location-based alert system is becoming increasingly important. How does ZulaFly provide increased safety to hospitals, clinics, and senior living facilities? Visit our website or reach out to our dedicated customer service team to learn more.