Hospital Security Professionals are in urgent need for additional protection from sometimes frustrated, aggressive, upset, intoxicated and other hostile members of the public… that’s my strong genuine and professional opinion!
Maybe the ever so thorough media coverage of violent incidents within hospital environments have raised awareness of security risks and threats, and the potential need for stab resistant vests for those professionals who protect these facilities and everyone within.
Maybe it is the horrible acts of violence and aggression against physicians, nurses and security professionals by patients, their family members and friends that recently has caught our attention.
Whatever the case, the security of hospitals and the welfare of the people within is being assessed with greater concern and in more detail than ever before. Violence in hospitals is on the increase… and this is a fact established after reviewing information, statistics and data widely available.
Please have a look yourself and view the following very recent new snips, which all form part of my argument that hospital security professionals should be issued with stab resistant vests… and not to be used when and if needed… but to be issued as compulsory PPE.
I am not sure how many of you were able to watch the TV program on C5 on 26 November 2015 here in the UK, titled: “Violent hospital patients brawling at Queen Elizabeth Hospital” but it was truly astonishing to witness the type of assaults and abuse these guys have to face more or less every time they go to work.
But let me assure you the Queen Elizabeth Hospital is not an ‘one off’ case… a unique place of violence. Aggression and abuse towards hospital staff is a regular occurrence in all hospitals here in the UK and worldwide. It is not Birmingham and it is not UK specific!
- 20th February 2016 – Security guard attacked at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital
- 10 November 2015 - Man arrested after hospital security guard and nurse attacked
- 18 November 2015 - Hospital security guard attacked
- 9 April 2015 - University Hospital security guard attacked
- 22 November 2015 - Yeovil man accused of assaulting hospital security guard
Additional NEWS from around the World incl headlines, such as: “Psych ward patient ‘repeatedly stabbed unarmed hospital security guard in the neck and abdomen, leaving him with life-threatening injuries“… please read full article and click here.
- India - “Doctor assaulted, hospital staff seek additional security”
- USA - “Hamilton man charged after hospital security guard assaulted”
- USA – “Man Charged With Assaulting Hospital Security Officer”
- USA – “Unruly hospital patient charged for assaulting security guard“
- Australia – “Hair ripped out, breast flesh bitten off: hospital violence triggers nurse safety demand”
- Canada – “Security guard in hospital after alleged assault in Port Coquitlam”
- Australia – “Violent hospital attacks increase, especially on nurses”
A major survey in 2011 did clearly highlight the increase of violence within hospital environments in the U.S. and highlighted three very clear facts and figures:
- 23 percent of hospitals reported an overall increase in attacks and assaults
- 34 percent reported a rise in patient and family violence against emergency department staff
- 29 percent reported an increase in patient and family violence against other staff
Despite the tough financial situation many hospitals are in, nearly half of the hospitals questioned in this survey said their security department’s budget increased due to the realistic risks and threats their staff are facing.
What can be done to combat this level of violence? The most common systems being implemented by hospitals are electronic access control, digital video surveillance, body worn video solutions and the latest devices from the world of lone worker safety/management technology.
However, effective and regular conflict management and conflict resolution training, as well as better ‘zero violence policies’, communication and reporting procedures have also become a major part in every hospitals security team.
Many experts attribute the perceived increase in violence in hospitals to heightened stress faced by patients, family members and staff as increasing numbers of unemployed, uninsured and drug-using people seek care they can’t access elsewhere. A major additional risk/threat comes from mentally ill patients and service users, as well as from those severely struggling with our language or expressing extremely different religious or cultural views. These are factors which are out of the hands of a hospital employee or security officer. Sometimes it just doesn’t matter how nice, caring and peaceful a hospital security professional within such facility is… the matter of fact is that the best camera and device in the world can’t reach out and stop a bad guy from hitting or stabbing you. The best policy and the best training will neither stop a potential intoxicated or mentally ill person from overreacting and expressing his feelings with some sort of act of violence.
Given the potential for violence, hospital security professional increasingly are preparing for the worst. Many hospitals have now rightly decided to review their risk assessments and concluded their security teams must be issued with overt stab resistant vests and or high visibility stab resistant vests in order to reduce workplace violent related injuries and improve the personal safety of their frontline staff.
Over the past few years I have personally advised many senior officials within hospital environment of the importance of ‘patient’s perception’. Many have echoed that overtly worn stab resistant vests can at times be perceived as ‘confrontational’, ‘aggressive’, paramilitary’ and ‘hard security’… something a hospital or health care facility might well be opposed to.
Hospital security professionals should appear ‘approachable’, ‘helpful’ and ‘general safety conscious’… and for this very reason we have developed hi-viz stab resistant vests.
Stab resistant vests are a safety net… they are not making you invincible and neither are they a free pass for acting like James Bond or Rambo. Nevertheless they are a safety net, just like a seat belt in your car. You may never need it, but one day… and absolutely regardless of your driving skill and level of awareness and skill… it only takes another idiot to play on his phone, loose concentration, fall asleep, be drunk or something down these lines and crash into your car. That’s the moment when you will be most grateful that you have been given this seat belt.
PPSS Stab Resistant Vests are ultra-light and thin, and offer UK Home Office certified stab protection + unmatched protection from blunt force trauma (e.g. from kicks, punches or blows) + outstanding protection from hypodermic needles, a very realistic threat in today’s society.
Please view our rather interesting video product demonstration:
Please also read a kind ‘testimonial’ of Sodexo (one of the UK’s leading facility management firms) looking after the operation of Central Manchester Hospital: click here
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