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The future of violence response and emergency preparedness in healthcare

November 6, 2019

Violence in healthcare continues to pose the greatest risk to hospital staff, according to an article on the Source Security website.

Several healthcare organizations have published information to assist security directors.

The International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) publishes security and design guidelines specific for healthcare facilities.  The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently published a webpage specifically to assist in the mitigation of violence. 

ASIS International also has published several whitepapers addressing healthcare security; specifically violence related to behavioral health patients and disruptive and violent behaviors in healthcare. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) website offers numerous tools and resources pertaining to workplace violence and safety with a section devoted specifically to the healthcare industry.

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