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Hospital shooting should prompt a review of your lockdown assessments

Hospital Safety Insider, April 22, 2009

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A double murder-suicide at a California hospital is a sad but useful opportunity to review your own security policies.
 
On April 16, an outpatient pharmacy technician at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center shot and killed an executive director of the pharmacy and a supervisor before fatally turning the gun on himself. Police have not released a motive for the murders, a spokesperson told us earlier this week.
 
All hospitals should check their lockdown and security management plans and verify they account for scenarios involving a shooter, said Elizabeth Di Giacomo-Geffers, RN, MPH, CSHA, a healthcare consultant with Di Giacomo-Geffers and Associates in Trabuco Canyon, CA. A tabletop drill involving an incident with weapons would also be timely, she said.
 
Subscribers to the Hospital Safety Center can look for an upcoming story in Healthcare Security Alert that details the lessons learned from a 1992 hostage taking and shooting at Duke University Medical Center.



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