Yukon Hospital Corporation is seeking a solution to implement an effective and affordable personal safety response (PSR) system that allows staff to quickly alert for support in the case of a code white within the hospital.
This Edge is posting this Call for Innovation to seek out qualified Canadian companies who can meet the desired outcomes. Yukon Hospital Corporation and CAN Health reserve the right to not move forward with this project at its full discretion and in particular if there are no qualified Canadian companies that can reasonably meet the desired outcomes.
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Problem Statement: Yukon Hospital Corporation is seeking a solution to implement an effective and affordable personal safety response (PSR) system that allows staff to quickly alert for support in the case of a code white.
Objectives: Efficiently and affordably increase staff safety in the Edge’s hospital locations. The solution will need to support a larger hospital and two community hospitals. In the community hospitals, only two RNs staff the facility overnight. The system would need to account for this and be able to alert RCMP for immediate response.
Essential (mandatory) outcomes
The proposed solution must:
- High staff usage and uptake.
- High staff satisfaction and ease of use.
- Edge to become compliant with WCB orders.
- Increase staff safety – reduce injury and time lost related to aggressive patient behavior.
- Create operational efficiency – reduce resource demands.
The maximum duration for a project resulting from this Challenge is: 9 months
Violence-related lost-time claims for healthcare workers has increased in the past decade. Incidents of physical and verbal assault on healthcare staff is a major issue in healthcare facilities.
Currently, Yukon Hospital Corporation relies on a wall-mounted code white system which is installed in a fixed location where staff must be within close proximity to initiate a code white response. Employees have indicated that accessing the wall-mounted code white system is not always possible in times of violence or aggressive patient behavior.
Yukon Hospital Corporation is seeking a solution to implement an effective and affordable personal safety response system that will allow staff to quickly alert support if needed during a code white situation. This solution could include a technology upgrade or wearable panic alarm.