Nurse body cameras ‘reduce serious incidents’ at London trust

10 September 2019 – Nursing Times

New research has revealed that mental health nurses in West London have had a 71% reduction in the use of tranquilising injections during patient restraints after body worn video cameras were introduced.

The use of cameras was also associated with a significant reduction in the most incidents on wards.  In addition, the number of verbal aggression incidents fell from 94 to 75.

A pilot saw 50 cameras being supplied to nursing staff across seven mental health wards at the trust- ranging from voluntary admissions to enhanced medium secure wards.

Camera training was provided for security nurses, nurses in charge and response nurses.

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