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I received several helpful responses and also was asked to post  the
findings. Thank you! Cindy Schmidt,Ruthann Gildea, Carolyn Doueck,Cleo
Pappas, Carol Rausch, Diane Upton and Beti Horvath for your findings.
Hopefully this will help. Heres what your combined responses came up with.
References Regarding Personal Alarms in the Workplace

1.      Rose M. A survey of violence toward nursing staff in one large Irish
Accident and Emergency Department. Journal of  Emergency Nursing 23(3):
214-219, 1997 June. (In the abstract they mention one of the results was the
purchase and issuing of personal alarms.) UI: 9283356
2.      Naish J. Care alarm. Nursing Management 1(5):6-7, Sept 1994. UI
7921890
3.      Alexander S. Maintaining normalcy while maintaining safety. Nursing
Spectrum 8(9):34, May 3 2004 (New England Edition).
4.      New aid-call initiative protects lone workers. Nurse 2 Nurse 4(2):6,
March 2004.
5.      Get alarmed ...Minder Torch alarm. Nursing Times 96(9): 41, Mar 2-8,
2000.
6.      McPhaul K, Lipscomb J Workplace Violence in Health Care: Recognized
but not regulated. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing 9 (3): Manuscript #6,
Sept 30, 2004. Available at www.nursingworld.org/ojin/topic25/tpc25_6.htm
7.      Bowers L, Crowhurst N et al. Safety and security policies on
psychiatric acute admission wards: results from a London-wide survey. J
Psychiatr Ment Health Nurse 9(4): 427-433, August 2002. PMID: 12164905.
8.      Chomet J Look out nurse! Personal alarms Community Outlook Oct 10
1984 page 350. PMID 6568134.
9.      Rickford F Saved by a bell. Nursing Times 91:14-15, Aug 23-29 1995.
PMID 7667140.
10.     Crabbe J et al. Dealing with violent and aggressive patients: at
what cost to nurses? Irish J Psychological Medicine 19(4):121-124, Dec 2002.
11.     Smith A Survey of locked facilities in Scottish psychiatric
hospitals. Psychiatric Bulletin 21(2):77-79, Feb 1997. Mention the lack of
personal alarms in remote facilities.
12.     Sanko DJ, Vellman WP Security measures what can be done? Topics in
Emergency Medicine 16(3): 61-69, 1994. UI:7906354. Mentions  personal alarms
as a solution.


A nurse on a psychaitric wing wants data on employees using "personal
alarms" that would be carried/ pinned etc to the staff person. She would
like evidence that these types of security have been useful especially at
night or/on weekends. She said it would deter patients from attacking staff
or alert appropriate staff to intervene. Just can't seem to find anything.

Dotty Jobe
Librarian
VA Medical Center
Little Rock, Arkansas 72205
501-257-4504/4503