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Briefing on Hospital Safety: The threat of active shooters in U.S. hospitals

Hospital Safety Insider, November 17, 2016

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Editor's note: In The Active Shooter Response Handbook for Healthcare Workers, healthcare safety and security expert Lisa Terry explores the threat of active shooters and gives tips on how to prepare staff to respond to the unique factors needed to survive, as well as protect patients and visitors.

Active shooters in hospitals are inconceivable in our normal realm of thinking and everyday lives. Acts of violence are often referred to as "never events" in the security industry?since they should never happen and are avoidable if we are effectively prepared to identify and mitigate risks of occurrence. The increased number of active shooter incidents in today's environment is a deadly reminder that never events not only can happen?they DO happen!

This makes the role of healthcare security, clinical, and nonclinical staff even more critical than ever before. Security officers, staff, and healthcare leaders will use this training manual to effectively prepare for active shooter events and mitigate the risks before an event occurs. But if and when the unthinkable happens, this manual also serves as a readily available, quick reference to help save lives and prevent injury.

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