Assaults Spur Missouri Hospital To Issue Panic Buttons

The Associated Press reports:

Nurses and hundreds of other staff members will soon begin wearing panic buttons at a Missouri hospital where assaults on workers tripled after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cox Medical Center Branson is using grant money to add buttons to identification badges worn by up to 400 employees who work in the emergency room and inpatient hospital rooms.

Pushing the button will immediately alert hospital security, launching a tracking system that will send help to the endangered worker. The hospital hopes to have the system operational by the end of the year. The hospital in Branson, the popular tourist town known for its many shows and attractions, has been at or near capacity for four months.

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