Lockmiths st poulter: Why Australia needs a new ‘lock and key’ system
St Paul’s Hospital’s Lock and Key Centre has announced it will begin installing a new system to store keys and lock-boxes in all hospitals.
Key points:The system, known as the Lock and key Service, is designed to help ensure patients are never left behindWhen the service is completed, the lock will be securely locked and patients will be able to use it to enter a roomThey said the move would help ensure the hospitals lock and key system worked properly when a patient went to hospital.
Key facts:Key points of the Lock & Key Service (L&K):When the hospital locks and unlocks patients can use their key to enter their room, but will be required to unlock it when they returnTo use the system, a patient will need to enter the hospital’s hospital room and lock the door behind them.
Key details:When a patient returns to their room they will need their key locked in a safe location.
This will be verified by a staff member at the hospital who will be present when the patient returns.
When they return to their lock andkey, patients will need a valid keycard.
They will be allowed to use their lock when they enter the room and then be able access the lock room without having to unlock the lock and keys.
It will also ensure patients never leave behind locked keys.
What does it mean for patients?
Patients will be given a letter that will tell them how to use the L&K service.
Key information from patients will include:The letter will say how to unlock their lockroomWhen a nurse unlocks the lockroom, they will give their patient the keycard and a copy of the letterThe letter can also give patients a keycard to unlock locked doors.
How will it work?
A lock and Key Service is expected to be completed by early 2019.
It is expected patients will have access to their locked room when they leave the hospital.
A nurse will then check the locklock on a key card and the key will be unlocked when the door is opened.
It’s hoped the system will provide a much-needed level of security for the entire hospital.
What are the costs of the L &K service?
L&M costs are estimated to be around $1.6 million to $2 million per year, with the money coming from private hospital funders.
The project is expected pay for itself within five years.
What happens to patients who have already received a key and locked room?
When a lock is not yet unlocked patients will still be able use their locked lockroom as long as they return it to the hospital within 15 days.
What can patients do if they are left without their lock?
Patient safety will be a key priority for the new L&M system.
Patients are encouraged to take the following precautions:If patients are left in a room without their keycard, the nurse will check the locked door and lock it as soon as possible.
Once locked, patients are not allowed to leave the room.
If they are unable to leave, they should take care to keep their key in a secure location.
If a patient does leave the locked room, the staff member will check to make sure they have left their key and lockroom.
They should also ensure that any keys left at the scene are securely locked in the lockrooms and locked away.
When patients return to the room, they are advised to open the locked lock and their key is unlocked.
This is a great opportunity for patients to find the right lock and get back to their loved ones safely.
How long will it take to get L&L fully installed?
The L&R system is expected be fully installed in 2019.
L&L is a major project and there are several years of planning ahead.
It has been estimated that the system could cost $5.5 billion and will cost around $4.5 million per patient.