B.C.’s Island Health trials washroom sensors that monitor for toxic drug poisonings

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March 15, 2023

The trials already led to a life being saved, thanks to an Island Health staff member who attended to an unresponsive person after being alerted by the sensor system. They  involve the installation of motion detection sensors in a group of washrooms identified as high-risk spaces for drug poisonings. The sensors monitor movement and how long a person occupied the washroom and each site sets time limits based on experience and needs. If a washroom occupant hasn’t moved for a minute or has been in the washroom for 10 minutes, a text notification is sent to designated responders such as clinicians, site supervisors and administrative staff who then follow up.

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