Healthcare Institutions Strive To Be Proactive About Security

Hospitals, by their very nature, are considered to be safe environments, a place where doctors, nurses and technicians can attend to sick and injured patients without worrying about security.

Unfortunately, potential incidents that involve violence or fire require healthcare institutions to be continuously proactive about safety and security to ensure the well-being of everyone at their location.

A recent article posted by pointed out that violent crime incidents (murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault) at hospitals in the U.S. and Canada increased 16 percent in 2013, according to the International Association of Healthcare Security and Safety Foundation’s “2014 Healthcare Crime Survey”

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As Bonnie Michelman, CPP, CHPA, director, police, security and outside services at Massachusetts General Hospital, told, healthcare locations need to be aware of aware of the potential risks that exist.

“Hospitals have made great strides over recent years in being better protected, there’s been a lot of investment made by hospitals for security and there have been a lot of regulations around security, which is good.”

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