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To the Editor:
—The article entitled "Fatalities in Hospitals Caused by Patients Falling from Windows (The Journal, Aug. 23, 1919, p. 604), tempts me to describe a scheme we have used in the More Hospital for a number of years to lessen the opportunities for delirious patients to escape from the hospital.We installed a special enunciator in the main hall near the general service one. This special enunciator has a loud bell, differing in tone from the other. From this enunciator, concealed wires extend to a small copper plate in the baseboard near a corner in each room and ward. If a patient becomes delirious, his bed is rolled into the corner of the room or ward, and an electric mat about 3 by 5 feet in size is placed in front of the bed and connected by wires to the copper plate in the baseboard. Over this is
More CW. PREVENTION OF INJURY TO PATIENTS BY FALLING FROM WINDOWS. JAMA. 1919;73(17):1303. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610430051029
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