At the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety conference in May 2012, we are presenting “A Model for Predicting Average Numbers of Hospital Security Based On Statistically Validated Parameters.” This is the culmination of a year and a half of effort by a small group to develop benchmarks for security staffing.
The goal of this project is to identify the Community or Industry Standard for security program cost and/or security FTE/Hours per x where x is one of the following:
1. An indicator of Size (beds, sq ft, etc)
2. An indicator of Risk (call volume, crime stats, number of entrances, demographics)
3. An indicator of Population/Traffic (employees, contractors, patients/census, visitors)
It is recognized that hospitals have unique security needs and risks. As such, this study does not attempt to identify the appropriate security staffing level for a particular hospital. Alternatively, our goal is to “To identify general industry benchmarks for hospital security staffing using a data driven approach.”