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Body cameras could improve safety for staff and patients, study shows

Violence, aggression and use of restraint could be reduced by equipping nursing staff with body-worn cameras, according to a study at a psychiatric unit.
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Incidents of violence, aggression and use of restraint could be reduced by equipping nursing staff with body worn cameras (BWCs), according to a pilot study.

Reveal Media Ltd provided 12 Calla BWCs to Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Innovation Research team for the three-month trial at psychiatric assessment unit Berrywood Hospital in Northampton.

They were worn by 39 nursing staff and healthcare assistants on five adult inpatient wards, as well as by a prevention and management of violence and aggression team.

Data on rates of incidents were compared with the same three-month period the previous year, while questionnaires were used by the researchers to gather feedback from patients and staff.

Accepted by staff, patients

In the responses 61% said the BWCs prevent confrontational situations because staff behave more

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