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.