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AHS taking a look at security after patient walks out

Security at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre is under question after a psychiatric patient walked out of the centre this week. The 26-year-old woman left on her own accord on noon Tuesday. She wasn't discharged from the centre but was later spotted around Hardin Street that day. Alberta Health Services wouldn't directly comment on the incident, but released the following statement to Fort McMurray News about their policies and procedures: "AHS is committed to providing safe environments for anyone receiving health care services, as well as those working in and visiting our facilities. We can't discuss the specific details of this case because of patient confidentiality and privacy reasons. We will be taking a close look at security procedures and protocols in light of this recent incident. We are always looking at improving our facilities, for the good of our patients, staff and communities." Wood Buffalo RCMP eventually found the woman at about 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Even after she walked away from the Centre, AHS says it remains confident in its measures: "Patients have varying levels of privileges depending on the severity of their illness and the type of care they are receiving. We are confident in the security levels and measures in place at the site and regularly monitor, evaluate and put improvements in place when needs are identified or new technology and protocols become available."The RCMP say tips from the public helped them locate the 26-year-old.
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Re: AHS taking a look at security after patient walks out

Unread postby MacDaddy » Thu Aug 15, 2013 5:35 am

I call BS on AHS! They slashed the security service at the hospital to the point these thing are going to be common place. They went from an in house team with a crew that know the hospital and its patients well and often assisted with patient care in a pinch to contracting out most of the positions to private companies. Hospitals are unique facilities, not shopping malls and you can't expect a generic company with lower hiring standards to deliver the level of service needed. When you hear about infection outbreaks in hospitals you can usually find a contracted cleaning service has been brought in to replace the hospital cleaners who understand what needs to be done and how to do it. I believe hospital security is no different. They don't need someone to sit a front desk to take complaints that the parking pay station is not working. They need staff who know the building, the unique needs of the different departments and even the patients who may wander off or be a flight risk.

This is just another example of the people controlling the budgets don't understand the operational needs of the front lines of health care.
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