Importance of Video Surveillance in Hospitals (Part II)
08-05-2017 | CCTV Cameras, Surveillance, Hospitals
We’re back with the second installment of this two part series on video surveillance in hospitals. If you haven’t read the previous one, click here. If you’ve already read the first part, continue reading.
9. Keep an eye on for drugs.
All sorts of drugs and chemicals are used in a hospital. Many of these drugs can be misused for substance abuse, whereas others are very expensive or lethal and could mean huge losses to the hospital in terms of finance and image. It is, therefore, important to keep an eye on the pharmacy and drug stores in a hospital, right from ordering to unloading, storing and administering or disposal.
10. Help prevent kidnap and child lifting.
There have been many cases of baby swap or child lifting in the misguided quest for a specific gender or cult practices or human trafficking. A reliable CCTV surveillance system ensures the safety of the child and no foul play while the babies are in the hospital care.
11. Monitoring the Emergency Room (ER).
In a department where every second could make a difference in the lives of many, it is important to have CCTV cameras to monitor the background activity. A crowd or high activity time could easily overlook the fainting of one of the patients’ visitors in the waiting area, or a low activity time could show the lax behavior of medical personnel assigned to the department. It is very important to constantly monitor any slight change in the ER.
12. Adherence to Operating Theater (OT) procedures.
With an influx in medical operation violations, it is very important to ensure all OT procedures are followed. Having CCTV cameras allows the hospital administration to keep a check on the medical staff and encourages them to follow set guidelines and procedure. Thus reducing the hospital acquired infections and wrong site surgeries.
13. Disaster recovery and backup planning.
CCTV cameras are useful in mapping out the quickest and safest alternative disaster recovery and backup plans.
14. Analytics and reduction of reaction time.
By analyzing the surveillance footage, medical practitioners can plan better procedures and reduce any time lags thus reducing the reaction time. It will also help the hospital administration to better the floor plan for easy and smooth flow of patients, medicines, documents and payments.
15. Settlement of insurance claims.
CCTV footage is useful in settling insurance claims with least disputes as there is supporting evidence in the form of surveillance.
16. Medical history and research.
Surveillance footage can be used for recording medical history and research.