According to the American College of Physicians, workplace violence occurs so frequently within the healthcare industry that many workers, unfortunately, consider it a part of their job. Between 2002-2013, the rate of serious workplace violence– defined as acts where staff are required to take days off to recuperate– was more than four times greater in healthcare than in the private industry on average, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. What’s more, according to OSHA, 21% of registered nurses and nursing students have reported being physically assaulted while over 50% verbally abused, all in a 12-month period.
This excessive workplace violence cannot go unaddressed. Multi-purpose audio monitoring solutions can be easily deployed in medical facilities to both protect healthcare staff and streamline operations, making them an attractive choice for integrators and end customers alike.
Hospitals & Surgical Centers
By installing advanced two-way audio monitoring solutions, like the Louroe Electronics’ ASK-4® Kit #501, in patient rooms and nurse stations, hospitals enable nurses to continuously monitor sick patients and communicate without risk of contamination, saving in-person contact for only necessary care visits.
Emergency Rooms & Urgent Care Clinics
Strategically placing Louroe’s microphones, paired with decibel-level threshold alarming throughout the reception and waiting areas, allows for the early detection of security events that require backup such as a hostile guest verbally harassing other patients and staff. Sounds that exceed the set threshold will immediately trigger an alert for security professionals, reducing the overall reaction time for incidences.
Doctors’ Offices & Psychiatric Centers
In mental health facilities, Louroe’s microphones paired with decibel-level threshold alarming can be placed throughout common areas and patient rooms. When sounds exceed the set threshold, like loud or unusual vocal patterns, an alert is automatically triggered for facility staff. This allows doctors, nurses, and security officers to safely monitor patients who may be a danger to themselves or others.
1 Durkin, M. (2017, December 15). Hospitals fight back against violence. Retrieved January 15, 2019, from https://acphospitalist.org/archives/2017/12/hospitals-fight-back-against-violence.htm
2 UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hospitals/workplace_violence.html