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August 10, 2010

New Zealand Hospital Security Staff Given Stab-Proof Vests

Security officers at two hospitals in New Zealand are being provided with stab-proof vests to protect them from violent patients. The vests, intended to protect against punches, kicks and weapons, will become part of the security uniform at Christchurch Hospital and Hillmorton Hospital.

By cms admin

Security officers at two hospitals in New Zealand are being provided with stab-proof vests to protect them from violent patients.

The vests, intended to protect against punches, kicks and weapons, will become part of the security uniform at Christchurch Hospital and Hillmorton Hospital.

There were 527 reported assaults on the staff of the Canterbury District Health Board, of which the two hospitals are a part, in the past year.

The majority of these assaults – 360 – were in the area of mental health. There were also 69 assaults in older persons’ health services, 62 assaults in medical-surgical, and four assaults in the emergency department.

Canterbury District Health Board general manager for corporate services, Murray Dickson, said that the board wanted to protect the staff and give them some comfort while doing their job.

The board had conducted a four-month trial to see if the weight of the vests would be tolerated by the staff and to check how patients would react to their use. Feedback was universally positive.

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