Video Surveillance and Nursing Workforce Safety

Patricia A. Quigley, PhD, MPH, MS, APRN; Lisbeth Votruba, MSN, RN; Jill Kaminski, MS


Am Nurs Today. 2019;14(12):39-41. 

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PEVS is an interactive form of video surveillance in which dedicated, trained staff use a hospital workstation to monitor multiple patients simultaneously. Through a two-way audio communication system, a staff member communicates with patients and staff and documents adverse events that occur while the patient is under observation. Published research on PEVS outcomes reports an effective reduction in overall falls and falls with- injury rates. These studies also report financial savings via reductions in one-to-one sitter costs. No studies have measured actual prevented and observed patient aggression/violence against healthcare staff; however, evidence of prevented abuse events indicates that as monitoring staff become familiar with patients' behavioral patterns, they can proactively intervene before behaviors escalate.