south Bruce Grey Health Centre - Walkerton is experiencing an increase in the number of mental health patients arriving at the Emergency Department. This, in turn, presents an increased risk of violence.
SBGHC plans to create a ‘safe room’ in the Emergency Department at the Walkerton Hospital in order to have a safe physical environment to hold patients until they can be transferred to a more appropriate facility. The Emergency Department Safe Room will be used as a holding area for patients showing signs of aggression.
The safe room will be equipped with safety features to protect both the patient and staff member including:
Each room will be equipped with a double hinged door so the door can swing in and out
The bed will be epoxied to the floor and specialized building materials will be used to prevent damage of the walls and ceilings
Water and electricity shut-offs to the rooms are required to prevent staff having to enter the room during a violent episode
The lock will card access so staff can quickly leave the room in case a situation escalates
The room will be equipped with cameras and speakers so staff can speak with the patients without entering the room