When Seconds Count, Ultrasound-Based Location Technology Helps Protect Healthcare Workers
Addressing the Growing Need for Staff Safety
In the United States, more than 70% of all workplace assaults occur in the healthcare setting.1 Workplace violence is taking an increasing toll on hospitals and their staff in terms of injury, morale, cost, and reputation.
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"Seconds count in a life-threatening situation and accurate location is essential to ensure immediate, effective response," says Teresa Brasac, PhD, APRN, Chief Clinical and Informatics Officer, with Sonitor Technologies, Inc. "Over 40% of nurses report an increase in physical violence and nearly 70% report an increase in verbal violence since 20202. Real Time Location systems (RTLS) with room and bay level accuracy can help to save a life or prevent serious injury."
Sonitor's SenseSafe solution, based on ultrasound technology, consistently delivers accurate and reliable location data, and provides the exact location of a staff member upon pressing a wearable duress button. The technology eliminates the possibility of responders looking for the staff member in distress on the wrong room or floor as can occur with the signal hopping characteristics of radio-based technologies. Sonitor's SmartSafe wearable tags are designed to deliver a message every 2 seconds when a duress alarm is triggered by a button press and continue alarming until disarmed. The tags are embedded with the logic to identify their location, and to communicate over the facility's Wi-Fi network within 1-3 seconds of when they move to a new location.