Duress alarms offer protection to staff

By Australian Hospital + Healthcare Bulletin Staff
Sunday, 14 May, 2017

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Hospitals have been distributing panic or duress alarms in the crackdown on violence against staff. Advances in mobile duress alarms provide security for greater numbers of people over wider geographic areas with more precision-finding capacity than fixed duress alarms offered in the past. Healthcare workers are now better protected with innovations in infrastructure, digital networks and cloud computing becoming the norm across the healthcare system.

For example, working across the mobile phone network, duress alarms can contact multiple numbers with an SMS message and two-way voice call and send a GPS location map. Automatic ‘man down’ sensors also provide an extra level of protection for workers in remote or high-risk environments. Wearability is important and duress alarms are now available that can be clipped to a belt or worn as a lanyard, wrist band or embedded into work clothes.

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