Alarms For Staff At NC Mental Hospitals Unreliable

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina Health and Human Services officials say the emergency transmitters the state bought to protect mental hospital workers are plagued by problems and are rarely used.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the transmitters have been replaced by whistles for most workers.

State officials say fewer than 200 of the 950 alarms purchased since 2003 are being used because of the high frequency of accidental calls, devices breaking and other problems.

Hospital staff members say they are worried about their safety and the safety of patients.

Health and Human Services officials say staff injuries have been reduced over the past year and now are averaging two injuries every three days.


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  • by Rusty Shackelford Location: Pitt County on Jun 25, 2011 at 06:14 AM
    Wow, you guys get alarms? All we get in DOC is a semi reliable radio and man-in-a-can...
  • by GOD BLESS YOU on Jun 24, 2011 at 01:50 PM
    averaging two injuries every three days? that is RIDICULOUS!!! where is workers comp for this? God bless the people who go into this field of work, they put themselves more at risk than most places, yet no one calls them 'hero'. you are HEROES! no job should ever have in its job description 'get abused'. seems like you administrators need to come up with a new plan, STAT! or you might be facing lawsuits!
  • by r on Jun 24, 2011 at 10:33 AM
    WORKERS GET BEATEN bit kicked spit on and hurt and it costs tax payers but administrators and other chair jockeys are safe so they dont care
  • by Robert Location: Murfreesboro on Jun 24, 2011 at 07:53 AM
    Weren't these emergency transmitters tested before they spent so much money. I can't understand why with so many alert systems on the market that they couldn't purchase a more dependable system. These employees are often in situations that require quick emergency assistance. How many more cases of such incidents have accured they could have been prevented that we don't know about?!?
  • by Vendor on Jun 24, 2011 at 07:46 AM
    No surprise to anyone who has ever had to bid anything technical to a govt agency.
  • by Dawg on Jun 24, 2011 at 07:44 AM
    Wonder who on the state was paying back a favor to a buddy by buying their wonderful product at a discount?
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