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How to 'panic' successfully on your PC

A female partner felt intimidated in her consulting room and this led us to come up with an unusual way of installing security alarms. We set up panic macros on all PCs so anyone working alone in a consulting room who is in an intimidating situation can send a message to everyone else on the network to ask for help ­ simply by pressing Control and P.

The message goes silently, and as long as the user can build into the difficult situation some excuse to turn back to the computer keyboard briefly, the person they are being threatened by will not even be aware the message has gone.

The panic macro is occasionally activated in error, but it elicits a good response every time as our staff would prefer to put up with false alarms. They know the system is there and does work if they need it for real.

We have EMIS computers, but it should be possible to use any computer system.

Peta Murphy

Practice manager


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