By Coverys Risk Management
 
From schools to shopping malls, it seems that no public place is safe from the threat of violence, particularly in the form of an active shooter. If your healthcare facility faced such a threat, would you be prepared? Below are resources to aid your efforts.

Articles by Coverys

Responding to an Active Shooter
Considering the possibility of an active shooter situation is an uncomfortable reality for most public places, including hospitals and medical facilities. Preparation for an active shooter event is only half the battle ― you must know how to put that preparation into action when the time comes. As part of a comprehensive training program, consider active-shooter simulated drills with the involvement of local law enforcement and other key community response teams. By making proper preparations and providing appropriate training to staff members, you can significantly reduce the risk of injuries and loss of life. More

Preparing for a Potential Active Shooter
Active shooter incidents at healthcare facilities present unique challenges. Your staff may feel conflicted about leaving patients, and evacuations may be limited due to medical procedures in progress, as well as the age, illness, or injury of patients. Having an established plan for responding to an active shooter can make a significant impact not only on the outcome of the situation but also on your staff members’ ability to respond quickly and appropriately. Consider these recommendations to help your facility prevent, reduce, or limit the shooter’s access to potential victims and reduce or prevent casualties. More

Other Information of Interest

Road to Resiliency - Preparedness and Response: Planning for Mass Violence
American Hospital Association

Workplace Violence Best Practices for the Worst Case
American Hospital Association

Active Shooter Preparedness
Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency

Pathway to Violence: Warning Signs and What You Can Do
Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency

Active Shooter Planning and Response: Learn How to Survive a Shooting Event in a Healthcare Setting
Florida Health

How Robust is Your Practice's Emergency Planning and Disaster Preparedness?
MGMA

Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers
OSHA

An Active Shooter in Physician Offices: Planning for the Unthinkable
Physicians Practice

 

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