Massachusetts-based Harrington HealthCare System has implemented strict security guidelines in its emergency departments in Webster and Southbridge after an attack on a nurse, according to an article on the Telegram website.
New security efforts include limiting visitor access and subjecting everyone and all bags to search upon arrival. Harrington also has purchased two walk-through metal detectors for each of its emergency room entrances.
Each patient is now limited to two visitors, with the public safety department managing visitor flow.
Re-entry and visitor swapping will be permitted and managed by public safety at reasonable intervals, and public safety will also collaborate with the charge nurse in situations where visitation should be limited, the system said.