Worker Safety Monitoring for Health care
There are more than 18 million health care practitioners in the United States, and a percentage of these workers provide a service that are outside an office or hospital environment. While caring for patients on the streets or providing a service in a patients home, health care workers are vulnerable to violence while in duty. Health care workers can use lone worker technology such as a check-in system as part of their risk assessment strategy or declare an SOS alarm discreetly should they face aggression while working alone or with other colleagues.
Many health care organization still use antiquated check in procedures to ensure the safety of employees while providing services vising clients homes, or working alone in the community. This approach is limited and not capable of responding fast enough for health care workers when exposed to violence.
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows health care workers are nearly 4 times likely to require time of work as a result of violence vs other types of injury. OSHA 3148: Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Health care and Social Service Workers recognizes this problem. Among the suggested practices from the guide are:
Enable a GPS tracking ability for mobile workers
Ensure workers have a means of communication such as cell phones or panic buttons
Ensure protocols are in place for checking-in/checking-out with supervisors
How can Scatterling help?
Scatterling does not require a worker to signal for help manually. If you do get in trouble and can’t call for help, Scatterling will sound an alarm once your timer expires and let your co-workers and supervisors know you need help.
HIGH RISK CHECK-IN TIMERS:
If a health care professionals situation may be more of a risk than a usual routine, for example visiting an unknown client or patient – the user can customize the check in timer on the Scatterling app for high risk scenario, by shortening the check-in duration to under 15 minutes. If the user does not check-in within the set interval, all of the emergency contacts set to receive notifications will be contacted immediately. For example, if the user were to enter a room alone with a possibly violent client, and did not confirm safety within a minute, all coworkers and supervisors would be immediately notified of a possible emergency, and be sent exact location, and any other details that have previously supplied, such as voicemails and work profile.
Emergency Panic button:
Scatterling also has integration to manually signal for help with a blue tooth panic button. When triggered, all emergency contacts will be notified of a confirmed emergency, and sent any voicemails that was previously recorded, details of location, and work profile.
FULL DEVICE INTEGRATION:
Scatterling can be used on any device, such as smartphones, laptops, landlines, and pagers, that employees might already be carrying with them. Therefore, they do not need to carry any new or excess equipment with them at any time.
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