Risk management experts recommend that all healthcare facilities have a disaster preparedness and emergency operation plan that includes active shooter incidents, according to an article on DOTmed News website.
Key steps that can be taken to limit the likelihood of an incident include:
• Bringing in a qualified professional to conduct a Security Risk Assessment
• A well-trained, alert staff is the most crucial safeguard
• Employees must be trained to sooth tensions and defuse tempers. Guidelines outlined on the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) website emphasize detecting anxiety in others and being mindful of personal space.
• Employees need to act on a three-part plan: run, hide, fight