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Experts: Reno staff did the right things after shooting

Hospital Safety Insider, March 20, 2014

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In what seemingly is becoming a common headline in hospital safety news, more hospitals—and their staff—have been the targets of active shooters. And as the need for training hospital staff in response protocols becomes clearer, safety experts say the efforts to conduct such training are working.
 
On December 17, 2013, a man reportedly angry over a “botched vasectomy” entered the Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nev., and headed to the third floor of the hospital with several guns, including a 12-gauge shotgun, before opening fire.
 
Although officials at Renown Regional Medical Center did not return calls seeking comment about their specific security plans, some experts say there were several factors that prevented the shooting from being far worse. In fact, reports released by the hospital indicated that the main building in the campus was open for regular business within two hours of the shooting while it was investigated, indicating that the hospital likely had a solid plan in place to resume continuity of operations.
 
This is an excerpt from an article in the March issue of Briefings on Hospital Safety.  Visit here to log in or subscribe.



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