Reflex Protect®, a safety company that provides non-lethal self-defense options and violence response training, offers a solution created specifically to combat the increase in healthcare workplace violence.
In September, the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) reported that in 2019, Type 2 assaults — including patient-on-staff and visitor-on-staff incidents — jumped 25%. The report also found the vast majority of workplace violence incidents (85%) over the past eight years were Type 2. Additionally, IAHSS determined aggravated assaults more than doubled compared to the previous year.
To fight this growing problem, Reflex Protect created Presidia Gel® in response to a request made by hospital personnel for an easy-to-use yet fast-acting, non-contaminating self-defense spray with effects that can be quickly reversed. Presidia Gel contains chlorobenzalmalononitrile (CS), a colorless and odorless sticky and non-atomizing liquid gel.
Additional benefits include:
Hospital violence is also prominent in poorly lit parking lots and parking garages. In California, from July 2017 to December 2019, healthcare workers were victims of 218 violent incidents in parking areas, according to the state’s OSHA unit. To protect hospital employees as they walk to and from their vehicles during shift changes, Reflex Protect created the Pocket Presidia Gel, sized to be carried in a purse, pocket, scrubs or in-hand when navigating areas outside the hospital. It is also helpful for nurses and doctors making extensive rounds alone in rural hospitals at night, say the company.
“This unique combination of products makes it the only ‘hospital safe’ active defense solution on the market, providing security and caregivers the power to exert controlling force from a
distance without going hands-on with a potentially violent subject,” says the company. “This is safer not only from a physical injury standpoint, but also for potential infection and/or mental/emotional injury.”
For more information on Reflex Protect and its product offerings, visit reflexprotect.com.