Quote from PeachPie
<from the web article>
Hospital security staff are being equipped with stab-proof vests, shields and helmets to protect them against violent patients and relatives.The protection is available to staff at hospitals in Cheshire in response to an unprecedented numbers of assualts against doctors and nurses.
Sorry, but this seems a bit silly. It's probably my "American" perspective on things vs the British "touchy-feely kinder/gentler" approach.
By the time their "security staff" puts on their super-duper Bat-vests, puts on their Bat-deflector helmet, and slips the Bat-shield on their arm, the wacko patient or family has already beat or stabbed the <xxxx> out of the hospital employees.
Here in the Dayton, OH area, most of the local ERs have armed hospital police in the ER. These aren't "rent-a-cops." They wear concealed body armor, carry pistols, Tasers, OC (pepper spray), ASP collapsing batons ("Tonya Harding specials"), plus a few things concealed (if they're smart). As a volunteer medic, I've worn a concealed vest on the street for about the past 13 years.
When our ambulance pulls into an ER in a less than friendly area, it's typically met by one of the hospital police, just to make sure that everybody stays nice & friendly.
If somebody gets stupid in the ER, the security staff is right there to "solve the problem."
If you read the article, you'll note that the equipment is all defensive in nature - helmet, shield, vest. Once again, that's great if you want to go hand-to-hand with a drugged up knife wielder, and only get cut 2 out of 8 slashes (on arms, legs, face, neck). Sorry, but that doesn't work for me.
If Gumby-the-wacko has a knife, it's a lethal force threat & should be handled as such. IF you have a backup person with a firearm aimed at that person, then you might take the time to Tase them. Otherwise, solve the problem. Permanently.