5 Ways to Improve Hospital Safety and Security
Author: Lynzie Trotter, Marketing Operations Manager, MCA
You may not know this, but hospitals are one of the most dangerous places to work. Approximately 75% of ALL workplace assaults occur in healthcare settings, and if you really stop to think about it, it makes sense. People are in their most vulnerable, scared, and frantic states when visiting a hospital for care and treatment. Tensions are high and the strange surroundings and scary procedures cause individuals to become defensive and go into preservation mode: fight or flight. These frustrations in most cases are centered at the physicians, nurses, and staff at the hospital. Hospital staff are almost daily involved in some form of verbal or physical threat from angry, scared, injured, confused, or medicated patients and visitors. And let’s not forget, hospitals are full of valuable assets like pharmaceuticals and medical equipment that need to be secured and monitored. The question is, what can be done to make hospitals a safer place to work?
These 5 technologies can be used to keep hospitals safe, secure, and efficient:
1) Two-Way Radios
Communicate securely across all facilities and security operation centers with rugged two-way radios that deliver superior voice clarity, rugged design, long battery life and outstanding range — ensuring personnel can hear and be heard.
Commercial Tier Radios with messaging capability can be used with a console to initiate a code-blue to a group of units carried by ER or ICU employees regardless of where they are in the hospital. The radios receive a beep or voice alert and a text massage with details about the situation. Users acknowledge receipt of the message and a record is created that the notification was delivered. Voice communications with the radios can be used for coordinating response. Using Bluetooth beacons throughout the hospital, there is also indoor location tracking with the radios.
2) NITRO (CBRS)
Enterprise-grade private broadband that enables you to share multimedia and data across your facilities using a private data network managed via a cloud-based portal. Separate hospital operations data and usage from guest Wi-Fi allowing better data protection and faster speeds for critical operational needs.
3) Video Security
Integrated video security uses artificial intelligence to create high visibility across your facility and helps to deter potential threats, giving added protection to entry and exit hot spots. Cameras do so much more than just providing video security. They can also provide license plate recognition, appearance detection, body temperature screening, face mask detection, occupancy counting, social distancing, watch list alerting, access control, and radio alerts.
4) CommandCentral Aware Enterprise
Provide critical incident insights and eyes-on-the-scene with real-time video, resource location information, streamlined incident intelligence and direct communication connections between your facility and local law enforcement.
5) Ally Incident Management & Records
Streamline end-to-end incident and records management with customizable record fields and multimedia attachments, all accessible from web-enabled devices.
More than 30,000 customers trust Mobile Communications America to provide wireless communication solutions for a safe, secure and more efficient workplace. As your trusted advisor, we reduce the time and effort needed to research, install and maintain the right solutions to make your workplace better. MCA offers a carefully researched portfolio of world class voice, data and video products and solutions, our team of certified professionals across the United States deliver a full suite of reliable technologies with a service first approach. The MCA advantage is our extensive service portfolio to support the life cycle from start to finish.
If you would like to find out the best solutions for your unique situation call an MCA Representative today at 800-596-8205.
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