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Surgeon's slaying puts focus on hospital safety

Hospital Safety Insider, February 5, 2015

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The recent murder of a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has Boston healthcare facilities taking another look at metal detectors and other security procedures to cut down on violent incidents, according to a report in the Boston Herald.

 

Stephen Pasceri, 55, of Millbury, Massachusetts, walked into the Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston around 11 a.m. on January 20 and specifically asked for the doctor, Michael J. Davidson, MD. When the two stepped into an exam room to speak, colleagues reported hearing loud voices and then two shots fired. Police later found Pasceri’s body in the exam room, dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot.

Other Boston hospitals have been conducting their own security assessments after the shooting, and some are considering increasing visitor pat-downs, security patrols, and possibly installing metal detectors, according to the Herald.

 

 



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