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Three health system executives weigh decisions about armed security

Hospital Safety Insider, September 15, 2016

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Violence in hospitals continues to be a growing public health concern. In recent years, attacks on patients and providers in the healthcare setting, particularly those perpetrated by patients and visitors, have compelled administrators to consider ways to enhance systemwide security models.

Though still relatively rare, acts of violence are occurring in hospitals with increasing frequency. Healthcare institutions reported a 40% spike in violent crime between 2012 and 2014, with more than 10,000 incidents aimed at hospital staff, according to a survey from the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS).

Check out this report from Becker's Hospital Review, which profiled three executives from health systems across the nation about their decisions behind their unique security models, and the debate over whether or not to arm their security forces.

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