Title : Implementing duress alarms using blu-fi technology in a large-scale hospital setting
Workplace violence in the healthcare setting has become a pandemic within a pandemic. Incidents of physical violence against healthcare workers by both patients and visitors has increased exponentially. Nurses are reporting that they are often afraid to care for their patients or approach visitors, and many are considering leaving the profession due to their fears. Keeping staff safe in the hospital and providing a sense of security so they can focus on caring for the patient has become a top priority for hospital security and leadership.
Using the latest technology to help ensure staff safety, we are implementing a silent duress alarm system using BluFiTM technology and HID badges equipped with silent alarms. Activation of the badge silently alerts the security command center to dispatch officers to the exact location of the staff member using Real Time Location System beacons. An alert is simultaneously sent to coworkers who are present on the unit, all creating an immediate response for assistance. Technology, approximate cost, planning, education, and implementation strategies will be shared along with metrics demonstrating utilization.