You might think healthcare workers have the most visible jobs ever. After all, you can’t get more visible than a paramedic driving an ambulance through rush hour traffic with wailing blue lights on. Or, if you’re a first responder in uniform, attending an emergency scene in front of a crowd of gaping onlookers. Most of the time ambulance workers and other responders will be working alongside a colleague or team. But, in certain circumstances, they could find themselves out of sight and earshot of others. There are also paramedics who do work alone. Things can quickly go from them providing the help to the ones who need help. That’s why keeping NHS emergency lone workers safe is so important.
Emergency help for emergency workers
When answering a call ambulance staff never really know what they’re going into. The physical environment could be challenging or dangerous. The person they are attending to could be severely injured or ill and consequently in great emotional distress. Maybe they’re under the influence of alcohol and drugs, or there could be other people at the scene who are themselves volatile and emotional. Paramedics and other first responders should be able to do their job safe in the knowledge that they’re also being looked after
Keeping emergency workers safe in the healthcare sector
Our Safe Check feature provides the ultimate support for any lone healthcare worker. It’s a periodic welfare ‘check in’ system directly managed by the worker. While out on a job, they simply confirm their welfare by responding to automated prompts at set intervals. The worker can set the intervals beforehand and adjust or amend them accordingly. This gives a lone worker more control over their working environment. It also gives them peace of mind – which is essential for them to do their job properly. If a lone worker doesn’t respond to a prompt, the platform raises an alert at the Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC). The appropriate steps are then immediately taken. Want that peace of mind all the time? Just enable the Safe Check app on your mobile device to be on throughout your working day. It’s easily accessed via a simple tap of a phone screen. Good to know help is always at (the end of your) hand.
Don’t pick on the paramedic
What if you want to wear something a little more obvious? Our SOS Fob is a BS8484:2016 Gold Certified specialist lone working device. The crème de la crème of its kind. Lightweight and waterproof, it can be worn in an arm or belt holster, clipped into a wristband or worn on a lanyard. Sending the message out loud and clear that you’ve got your own emergency back up. If things do go pear-shaped, hit the prominent Red Alert button. It will immediately open a two-way conversation with a highly skilled operative at the ARC. They will bypass 999 and send the right emergency services using your real-time GPS location. Our ARC operatives work around the clock, all year round. So lone workers can go to work knowing that help will always be there in a matter of seconds.
First responders are always first on the scene to provide help. We need to make sure we can return the favour. Let’s start by keeping emergency workers safe in the healthcare sector.Contact Lone Worker Solutions and the Safe Hub team today
Call: +44-(0)161 885 2122
Post by Charles Stark
Charles is Account Executive at Lone Worker Solutions (LWS). He introduces new clients to Safe Hub, our award-winning system to protect and monitor lone workers.