Healthcare Security

03Jun 2021

Human trafficking has been identified as a global problem and occurs in most countries, including the United States. Traffickers use force, fraud and other coercive tactics to lure, exploit, and control victims. Youth are especially vulnerable to such tactics, particularly those with risk factors such as prior abuse and runaways. This article provides insights into […]

03Dec 2018

November 16, 2018 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Joe Courtney, (CT-02), a senior member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, introduced legislation aimed at curtailing rising rates of on the job violence facing health care and social service employees such as nurses, physicians, emergency responders, medical assistants, and social service workers. The Workplace Violence […]

20May 2016

Are we winning the battle against violence in U.S. hospitals?  The IAHSS-Foundation’s 2016 Healthcare Crime Survey, published in May, seems to indicate that we may be on the right path.  From 2012 to 2014, the recent Healthcare Crime Survey observed a steady increase in the frequency of violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault), […]

01Oct 2015

This guide begins by describing the problem of pharmacy robbery and reviewing factors that increase its risks. It then identifies a series of questions to help you analyze your local pharmacy robbery problem. Finally, it reviews responses to the problem and what is known about them from evaluative research and police practice.   Pharmacy Robbery […]

28Sep 2015

The objective of the IAHSS Foundation’s “Evidence Based Healthcare Security Research” series is to identify and summarize valid studies and research on the current state of knowledge regarding specific challenges in healthcare security.  The IAHSS Foundation completed the first of four projects entitled “Body Worn Cameras and Their Use Inside Healthcare Facilities.”   Body Worn […]

07May 2015

The International Association of Healthcare Security and Safety Foundation’s 2015 Healthcare Crime Survey was commissioned under the Research and Grants Program. The purpose of the 2015 Healthcare Crime Survey is to provide healthcare professionals with an understanding of crimes that impact hospitals as well as the frequency of these crimes. The 2015 IHSSF Crime Survey collected […]

07Apr 2015

Healthcare and social service workers face significant risks of job-related violence and it is OSHA’s mission to help employers address these serious hazards. This publication updates OSHA’s 1996 and 2004 voluntary guidelines for preventing workplace violence for healthcare and social service workers. OSHA’s violence prevention guidelines are based on industry best practices and feedback from […]

17Nov 2014

Conducted Electrical Weapons – also called Conducted Electrical Devices – are more commonly known as stun guns or TASERs (the latter is a brand name often used generically to include similar devices by other brands). Many people already associate these devices with use by police departments, but more recently they have become increasingly common in […]

14Apr 2014

Consensus Statement of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry Project BETA De-escalation Workgroup ABSTRACT:  Agitation is an acute behavioral emergency requiring immediate intervention. Traditional methods of treating agitated patients, ie, routine restraints and involuntary medication, have been replaced with a much greater emphasis on a noncoercive approach.  Experienced practitioners have found that if such interventions […]

05May 2013

Increasingly, we’re seeing crimes occurring in hospitals by people who “look” like they belong.  Scrubs or lab coats are the two most common “tools.”   Example of a recent incident