• Violence Against Nurses is “Out of Control” - Startling Statistics for Healthcare Workers A recent survey of Ontario healthcare workers revealed some startling statistics about workplace violence. The survey conducted for the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) found that 68% of nurses and personal support workers across Ontario have experienced physical violence at least once in the past year. Michael Hurley, OCHU's president, is quoted as saying "Violence is raging really out of control in these hospitals." Unfortunately, if you've been working in or around the healthcare field for many years like Secure Care has, this news is not a big surprise. It has been known for ...Continue Reading
  • Winter is Almost Here – Keep Your Residents Safe - Winter is almost here.  How will you keep your residents inside and protected from  the elements? To often each year we see stories in the news of residents eloping outdoors into extreme weather.  Sometimes these stories have a happy ending, but many times they do not.  Make sure the residents entrusted to your care are protected with a Door GUARDIAN® Wander Management System from Secure Care Products. Door GUARDIAN systems can be customized to fit your facility's needs: Alarm or lock doors when monitored residents attempt to exit ID-based solutions enable staff to react more efficiently by knowing exactly who they're looking for Interface with a variety ...Continue Reading
  • Emergency Communication Best Tool for Nurse and Staff Safety - The United States Department of Labor warns, “Workers in hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare settings face significant risks of workplace violence. Many factors contribute to this risk, including working directly with people who have a history of violence or who may be delirious or under the influence of drugs…In fact, healthcare accounts for nearly as many serious violent injuries as all other industries combined.”  Hospitals and other healthcare facilities are instituting plans and tools to prevent incidents and protect their nurses and other staff. Some of the most valuable strategies and tools for caring for our caregivers is available ...Continue Reading
  • Staff Safety: Understanding the Challenges of Workplace Violence - With 80 % of employees effected each year with workplace violence in the healthcare industry, staff safety is of major concern to staff and administrators alike.  With changes in healthcare, Medicaid, and technology there are many obstacle to overcome, and staff needs to feel confident that help is available whenever needed. According to OSHA, there are many risk factors that vary by healthcare setting, but there are some common factors that contribute to workplace violence: No emergency communication system in place Lifting, moving, and transporting patients Working alone Poor environmental designs that may block vision or escape routes Poor lighting in hallways ...Continue Reading