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Seven times that active shooters struck U.S. hospitals since 2010

Hospital Safety Insider, August 31, 2016

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If you think active shooters can't hit your hospital, you might want to have a look at this Aug. 1 report from Becker's Hospital Review.

In the report, which chronicles a study from the Annals of Emergency Medicine, there were about 154 hospital-related shootings in the United States between 2000 and 2011. More than half occurred in the hospital and 45% of the time the victim is the shooter. Hospital employees comprise 20% of the victims, while nurses and physicians comprised another 8%.

Among the notable incidents are the following:

* A man opened fire at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Fla., in July 2016 and killed an elderly patient as well as a hospital employee. Two security guards restrained the gunman, who later claimed mental illness, after he opened fire.

* In September 2015, a man scaled a construction site near St. Luke's Hospital in San Francisco and was able to fire one round before police shot him. The shooter was pointing one of his guns at the hospital when he was fatally shot.

* Two people died in November 2015 in a murder-suicide at Florida Hospital's Tampa location. The shootings occurred in the morning in a room on the third floor of the hospital, although neither the shooter nor victim was a patient or employee at the hospital.

* Michael Davidson, MD, died after being shot at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, where he was a cardiovascular surgeon. The shooting occurred in January 2015, and the shooter killed himself shortly after the shooting while he was still in an exam room.

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