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October 25, 1919

PREVENTION OF INJURY TO PATIENTS BY FALLING FROM WINDOWS

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Eveleth, Minn.

JAMA. 1919;73(17):1303. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610430051029

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Abstract

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

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