Harm Reduction Goes Digital in Turning Point Scotland
A Digital Harm Reduction Toolkit, designed by Carezapp, is being utilised as part of a wider Harm Reduction response to help prevent and respond to individuals experiencing a crisis within South Lanarkshire, Dumfries and Galloway and Aberdeen city.
Carezapp allows staff to monitor real time information to prevent and respond to crisis situations for identified individuals the community. The toolkit consists of sensors that can monitor doors and windows, button presses, movement in a room or area and can capture the breathing rate of a person to identify concerns which is suitable for a social care setting. The system has a vital care sensor measure which captures the heart and respiration rate of the person within a 1-3 metre zone, however, this is not a medical device. It also includes a tablet device which is locked to a pre-installed web application (app), and a WIFI router. It is intended to be used for monitoring individuals general wellbeing and safety. It can send alerts to staff and selected others (including family and or friends) about service user care and support, as well as potentially harmful side-effects of various activities, conditions or assessed risks.