Healthcare facilities have had to revisit and rethink nearly every aspect of their operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, from infection control and sanitization to air filtration and HVAC system operations. While not directly impacted by the pandemic, safety and security measures also will see a host of changes in the coming years.
The International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety recently asked its professional members to predict coming trends in healthcare security and safety, particularly in light of experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Campus Safety.
For example, during the pandemic, emergency and business continuity plans, particularly pandemic plans, will get refreshed out of necessity, says Sarah Miller, director of operations with Synergy Protection. “Worker shortages, the strain of the pandemic on people’s mental health, and facilities constantly being at or above surge capacity will continue to focus efforts and resources while leaving other areas vulnerable.”
She says practices that will last include virtual meetings, PPE use in regular interactions, and permanently increased security budgets for select risks and adds, “This specialization has been highlighted globally because of the pandemic. More people will want to get into it; people who haven’t done their jobs adequately will be removed; and training like IAHSS designations will become even more valuable. Facilities without security will consider adding security programs.”
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