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Safeguarding lone workers

An alarm device hidden in an ID badge can provide extra security for lone workers.

District nurse Neil Thompson tells a grim story about a nurse who was attacked by a desperate drug user.

Picture credit: Reliance

‘She was by her car and someone slammed the boot lid on her head because they thought she had syringes. She had a head injury and an ambulance was called.’

The story illustrates how nurses working alone need protection, Mr Thompson says. He believes community workers may need portable alarms so they can send an alert if they are in trouble.

Mr Thompson represents the east Midlands on the RCN’s UK safety representatives committee, which has put forward a resolution to RCN congress next week calling for RCN council to ‘take action against organisations failing to provide sufficiently robust lone-working systems to protect community


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