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Geoff Hannis, Huw, John Sandham
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by John Sandham
John Sandham
A report by the think tank 'Parliament Street' last year revealed that suspected thefts of electrical equipment from NHS sites had increased by 33% over a three-year period.

I spotted this story 'Security Fasteners' on medtech news about a new range of security fasteners that have been launched to prevent offenders from stealing or tampering with equipment in hospitals and other medical centres.

Interesting concept. I have used stainless steel cable to attach devices to their stands in the past, which is also good for ensuring they don't 'vanish' from the hospital and end up on ebay.
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by Malcolm
These aint bad but they aren't cheap..

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by Geoff Hannis
Geoff Hannis
The report cited seems to suggest that mobile phones and laptops are the most likely targets. No surprises there - as they would be (are) easier to fence (turn into cash) than, say, an ECG Recorder or a box of oxygen flowmeters.

Unfortunately, "screwing it to the wall" or "bolting it to the floor" doesn't really work in many (most?) cases.

Chains and locks (pad-locks) are all very well, until staff "forget" to use them (or leave them unsecured - "in case they lose the keys")!

Maybe increased staff vigilance, better security (staff) and bothering to use the many CCTV cameras dotted around could help. Not forgetting RFID tagging.

All that assumes, of course, that the staff themselves are not the ones doing the "tea-leafing"!

What could be of greater interest (to me, at least) is how many of the thieves have been prosecuted, and what sentencing did they receive.

"Prevent" theft, John? "Deter", at best, I would suggest.

In passing, there are good reasons why hospital drugs are (or should be - a legal obligation, in fact) kept safely locked away.

TR Fastenings.
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by Geoff Hannis
Geoff Hannis
@ Dustcap: Call me a cynic (realist), but I suspect the real reason there is that they don't want to "offend" staff who "borrow" (accidentally, of course) the gear.

@ John: Sorry to be "old fashioned", but "hitting them in the pocket" (equipment account holders) tends to sharpen folk up a bit (and I write from experience on that one).
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