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February 13, 2024 | 4 minute

Making Hospitals Safe for Nurses and Staff

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Right now, the US is facing a significant nurse labor shortage. One-third of nurses are planning to quit the profession because of unsafe working environments. Why? Because one out of four nurses are reportedly assaulted on the job. This has been a continually growing issue, definitely one that predated the pandemic but was certainly exacerbated by it. Now more and more healthcare organizations are looking to emerging technology and how it can help their staff feel safe and valued.

Creating a safe and secure workplace environment is paramount for both employers and employees alike. One crucial aspect of fostering this safety is ensuring that staff have a reliable means of calling for help when needed. In this post, we’ll talk about the importance of providing staff with discreet and easily accessible tools for summoning assistance, the integration of technology and artificial intelligence (AI) to streamline response workflows, and the role of data analytics in enhancing workplace safety.

Discreet and Accessible Duress Alerts

A fundamental component of ensuring workplace safety is providing staff with tools that enable them to call for help discreetly and easily. Traditional methods like pull cords or red phones can be cumbersome and time-consuming, leading to delays in response times. Instead, mobile wearables offer a discreet and efficient solution. By simply pressing a button on a wearable device, like Kontakt.io’s smart badge, employees can quickly summon assistance without needing to navigate a room or pick up a phone. This accessibility empowers employees to feel safer and more secure in their work environment. Nurse confidence comes from knowing that help is readily available when needed. Plus, with a wearable device and RTLS system, responses can be swift and accurate because alerts will show the real-time location of the badge holder.

Streamlining Response Workflows

Implementing a streamlined response workflow is essential for minimizing the time between an incident occurring and resolution. By integrating technology and AI into response workflows, healthcare systems can significantly reduce response times and mitigate the severity of incidents. A robust workflow begins with selecting the right network infrastructure followed by defining the data metrics to capture and then integrating user-centric web applications. All of which is available with Kontakt’s innovative devices and single platform solution. This comprehensive approach ensures that response workflows are efficient, agile, and tailored to the specific needs of the organization.

Leveraging Data Analytics for Insights

Data analytics plays a pivotal role in enhancing workplace safety by providing actionable insights for proactive decision-making. By analyzing data from incident reports, location tracking, and response times, organizations can identify patterns, trends, and potential risk areas. Dashboards and automated reports offer a centralized platform for visualizing data, enabling organizations to identify areas for improvement and allocate resources effectively. Furthermore, AI-driven analytics can predict potential hotspots for incidents, allowing organizations to take preemptive measures to mitigate risks and enhance overall safety. With AI-powered data analytics, healthcare organizations can not only mitigate staff safety incidents but also proactively respond to data around frequency of incidents in particular spaces or times.

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Real-World Success Stories

Two compelling case studies highlight the transformative impact of integrating technology and analytics into workplace safety initiatives. In a large hospital setting in California, the implementation of a staff safety solution resulted in increased employee confidence and a heightened sense of security. Similarly, a behavioral health clinic in Illinois leveraged existing technology infrastructure to optimize response workflows and enhance data-driven security rounding practices, resulting in improved staff safety and morale. These success stories underscore the importance of investing in innovative solutions to create safer work environments as well as the significant return on investment (ROI).

Embrace Technology

Fostering a safer workplace requires a multifaceted approach that combines wearable RTLS technology, streamlined response workflows, and data-driven insights. By embracing technology, artificial intelligence, and analytics, healthcare organizations can empower employees, enhance response capabilities, and ultimately create a workplace culture that prioritizes safety and well-being.