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South Canterbury nurses working alone in the community are testing a new security measure for telephone applications. (File photo)
South Canterbury nurses who work alone in the community are testing a lone worker app for their safety.
South Canterbury District Health Board health and safety officer Pete Moore said he was testing a phone app called Sheqsy (Safety, Health, Environment and Quality), pronounced “shek-see”, in teams district nursing, public health and community services.
“We have followed the development of the technology and the range of isolated work devices now available in the market, such as duress alarms and online software,” said Moore.
He said Sheqsy is used by thousands of healthcare workers and businesses across Australia.
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Moore said the app works on any smart device and is used to help lone workers by monitoring their location, as well as providing staff with a way to communicate and ask for help when needed.
He said that no significant incidents had been reported for SCDHB staff working alone or in isolation to date, but working alone meant that support was limited and the ability to ask for help easily in isolation. case of injury, illness, violence, emergency or other event was not always available.
With the vast rural watershed covered by SCDHB including Waimate, Twizel, Aoraki / Mt Cook, Peel Forest and Rangitata, there are several black spot areas with limited cell phone coverage or reception, he said. .
“While using the phone app outside of cell phone reception, Sheqsy will continue to keep track of the person’s location until they are within range again.
“Sheqsy is also designed to work alongside Garmin inReach Satellite Communications, which uses the Iridium satellite network providing full coverage in black spots.
“Future support will include technologies such as satellite beacons that will coincide with the application. The tag model we’re looking at also includes a text function.