Cox Medical Center Branson added a panic button to the employee badge after reporting an increase in employee assaults

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Branson, Missouri (Kentucky on the 3rd)-After reports of employee assaults have tripled in the past year, Branson staff at Cox Medical Center will soon receive an extra layer of protect.

Nurse Ashley Blevins said that in the past year, staff members were spit, cursed and even beaten by patients.

“It’s great that we have the opportunity to press the button, the security knows where we are, and if we end up having to chase the patient, they will know where our final position is,” Ashley Blevins said.

Cox Branson’s patient safety coordinator Angie Smith said that after analyzing Branson’s workplace violence figures, she knew they needed the system.

“Because of the layout of our property, it must rely on GPS or wireless type systems to work, so this will cost a lot of money,” Angie Smith said.

Mindy Honey of the Skaggs Foundation said that when they learned that there were 123 attacks on employees and 78 people were injured, their team was unable to act quickly to fund the project.

“This is one of the fastest grants we have previously funded,” Mindy Honey said.

Honey said the grant was $132,000, and as the attacks increased, she said it was important to hand the money to them immediately.

“The idea that they can press that button and provide help will appear immediately, and there is no doubt for us to take this action,” Horney said.

Smith said that emergency room nurses saw a lot of violence, but it also happened throughout the hospital.

“It’s in our intensive care unit, it’s in our emergency room, and many times it’s repetitive violence. We might let the same patient do the same thing, or it might get worse every time we do the same thing,” Smith Say.

Nurse Blevins said she believes the pandemic has also had an impact on these conditions.

“They came here, they had to sit here because it was overcrowded everywhere, we didn’t place anyone, it frustrated the patients, it frustrated us, I think this is increasing violence against everyone,” Blevins said.

About 300-400 employees will get a personal emergency button on their badge.

Cox Branson hopes to get the system up and running before the end of this year.

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