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Patients within a mental health facility are going through a vulnerable time.
It's likely that they're feeling overwhelmed and anxious at the change in environment, practices and routine - just as many of us would.
How can we help to create a more familiar space that facilitates recovery whilst maintaining safety?
Electronic locking creates a more trusting and independent environment for patients whilst the built in mechanical override ensures reliable access for staff in an emergency.
The best of both worlds.
The Care Quality Commision (CQC) guidance advises that a patient's liberty "should not be restricted wherever possible" in order to create a therapeutic environment.
Using the Lifeline key to release, the emergency lever will mechanically override the electronic lock - guaranteeing access into the bedroom in just 5 seconds.
All access permissions are individually pre-programmed for each patient's wristband depending on their care plan - and any updates are instant.
The Department of Health's Health Building Note (HBN) 03-01 also states that patients 'should be able to lock and unlock their rooms...to safeguard their property and increase the feeling of safety, privacy and dignity.'
To help bring the significance of this guidance to life, you can watch a recording of our webinar with the inspirational expert by experience Katharine Lazenby.
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We understand the increased confidence that comes with having a means of manually overriding an electronic lock.
And with no toolkit required, clinical staff are able to reliably access a patient's bedroom in just 5 seconds. Even in a determined barricade.
From what you've told us, the time saved here can be crucial in an emergency - possibly even lifesaving.
From conversations with various stakeholders, we understand there can be reluctance towards electronic locking due to the concern that patients will be able to access restricted areas.
The Integrated Override Lockset is managed using our Electronic Access Control (EAC) system which allows staff to monitor access and instantly adjust permissions when necessary.
The audit trail can also help to inform patient care plans. For example, staff can monitor if a patient is spending a lot of time in their bedroom and very little time in the common areas.