January 4, 2016

Stab Vests to Be Issued at Two Victorian Hospitals

Security Officers at Sunshine and Footscray hospitals are to be issued with stab vests following the stabbing of a Melbourne doctor and increasing levels of violence towards healthcare staff.

There have been hundreds of “code grey” alerts for aggressive, threatening behaviour at 14 of Victoria’s state hospitals.

The sixty fluorescent knife-proof vests, similar to the protection worn by Victoria Police officers, have been approved as hospital workers in Victoria report increasing incidences of aggressive patients suffering from “waiting room rage”.

The Herald Sun newspaper spoke to acting Western Health CEO, Russell Harrison, who said the knife protection armour for ­security staff would help keep hospital waiting rooms safe. “These high-performance safety vests are part of a holistic security solution that is being undertaken by Western Health and an extension of our commitment to quality, safety and the patient experience.’’

Under the scheme the Royal Women’s Hospital will receive new security control doors, the Rochester and Elmore district hospitals will receive new CCTV, and personal duress alarms will be issued to Peter Mac centre workers who work in the community alone.

Code grey and code black training for hospital staff

Maybo's Positive Responses to Challenging Behaviour for Hospital Staff 

Inquiry into violence and security arrangements in Victorian Hospitals