In a recent survey, nearly two-thirds of both the public (61 percent) and healthcare professionals (62 percent) felt clinicians had an obligation to protect patients during a shooter event, according to an article on the Becker's Hospital Review website.
Only 39 percent of the public and 27 percent of healthcare professionals felt this obligation should hold if the clinicians had to take on a significant personal risk, according to the survey conducted by the Hartford Consensus, which is part of an American College of Surgeons-led committee formed to improve survivability from mass casualty events.
Patients and hospital staff have different perceptions about the risk of active shooter events in hospitals,
The survey showed the general public felt safer than healthcare professionals in hospitals. The public was less likely to feel the risk of an active shooter event in a hospital was high or very high (18 percent) than healthcare professionals (33 percent).
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