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IAHSS responds to hospital-based shootings study

In response to the recent release of a study sponsored in part by Johns Hopkins entitled “Hospital-Based Shootings in the United States: 2000-2011," the International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety (IAHSS) believes there is some valuable information that was garnered from the evaluation of violence within hospital facilities, however several key strategies were not discussed.


One of the key findings of the study is that that a person is more likely to be killed by lightning than shot in a hospital or in its parking lot.

However, IAHSS felt that some information was not addressed — specifically, the need to seek out the guidance of a health-care security expert during the decision-making process of a security program, for instance when installing of metal detectors or whether to arm security officers are being considered. Other recommendations put forth by the association touched upon the need for greater professionalism and training of security personnel, the value of due diligence and risk assessments for effective decision making at the time of an incident and the importance of liaison work with a hospital’s local law enforcement community.


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