Caring for you while you care for others

As an increasing number of health authorities move towards providing more and more care in the comfort of the patient’s home, so does the incidence of assaults and abuse towards these health care workers who are venturing into the community alone to provide the needed care. 

According to a report presented to the House of Commons in June 2019, “health care workers working in-home care and community-care settings also face greater risks of violence because they are often working alone in these settings and lack training on how to de-escalate violence.” 

While there are significant benefits to treating the patient in the comfort of their own home, there are also unique risks Continue Reading…

Are Health and Community Care workers classified as Lone Workers?

Are Health Care workers classified as Lone Workers

A person is considered to be alone at work when they are on their own and cannot be seen or heard by another person. Careful consideration of all situations where this may be the case is essential. Working alone encompasses all employees who may go for a period of time, short or long, where they do not have any direct contact with a co-worker. Even though working alone is not always dangerous, it can be when other factors come into play. Continue Reading…

Nurses Call for Personal Alarms After Attack

Penticton doctor 'savagely assaulted' by psychiatric patient

female doctor looking at table

A doctor at B.C.’s Penticton Regional Hospital was “savagely assaulted” by a patient on Friday, according to RCMP and the B.C. Nurses’ Union.  The doctor and patient were alone for a routine interview when the incident happened.  Staff on the floor of the hospital learned of the incident only when they spotted the patient walking unattended in the hallway.  Staff reported that the doctor is “lucky to be alive” having been attacked by a psychiatric patient who had multiple martial arts fighting championships. The doctor is recovering in Kelowna Hospital with severe facial injuries, a broken jaw and other fractures, according to police. Read full press release on attack here >> 

It is estimated that violent or potentially violent interactions with patients or clients, also known as “code white”, happen as many as 10 times a day.  Nurses, who interact with these type of violent patients on a more frequent basis than doctors, are calling for more security including personal alarms.

Read below on how a personal safety monitoring system like SafetyLine can help in cases where potentially violent clients may exist:

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Nurses Call for Personal Alarms After Attack by Patient

Penticton doctor 'savagely assaulted' by psychiatric patient

female doctor looking at table

A doctor at B.C.’s Penticton Regional Hospital was “savagely assaulted” by a patient on Friday, according to RCMP and the B.C. Nurses’ Union.  The doctor and patient were alone for a routine interview when the incident happened.  Staff on the floor of the hospital learned of the incident only when they spotted the patient walking unattended in the hallway.  Staff reported that the doctor is “lucky to be alive” having been attacked by a psychiatric patient who had multiple martial arts fighting championships. The doctor is recovering in Kelowna Hospital with severe facial injuries, a broken jaw and other fractures, according to police. Read full press release on attack here >> 

It is estimated that violent or potentially violent interactions with patients or clients, also known as “code white”, happen as many as 10 times a day.  Nurses, who interact with these type of violent patients on a more frequent basis than doctors, are calling for more security including personal alarms.

Read below on how a personal safety monitoring system like SafetyLine can help in cases where potentially violent clients may exist:

Continue Reading…