Healthcare Security

04Dec 2010

The internal threat, while not unique to the health care environment, is pervasive and can have a significant impact on an organization’s bottom line.  According to the Wall Street Journal, “An office worker at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is accused of stealing as much as $3.8 million from the hospital by ordering toner-ink cartridges in […]

03Dec 2010

According to the California Hospital Association, “An active shooter is defined as an individual who appears to be actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in the hospital or on the hospital campus. In most cases active shooters use a firearm(s) and display no pattern or method for selection of their victims. In […]

12Aug 2010

Nurses fear even more ER assaults as programs cut By JULIE CARR SMYTH (AP) COLUMBUS, Ohio — Emergency room nurse Erin Riley suffered bruises, scratches and a chipped tooth last year from trying to pull the clamped jaws of a psychotic patient off the hand of a doctor at a suburban Cleveland hospital…… Read the […]

28Jul 2010

The law requires, after July 1, 2010, all licensed GACHs, APHs, and SHs to conduct, not less than annually, a security and safety assessment and, using the assessment, develop, and annually update based on the assessment, a security plan with measures to protect personnel, patients, and visitors from aggressive or violent behavior. The security and […]

22Jul 2010

A mother who was attacked after giving birth at a Milwaukee hospital is calling for increased security at the facility.  Kimball Lewis, 22, was attacked last Thursday at Aurora Sinai Hospital.  She claims she warned hospital staff trouble was coming and that they should have done a better job to protect her. This incident reinforces […]

19Jul 2010

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children updated their statistics for 2009 and which date back to 1983.  Infant abductions, committed by non-family members, totaled 270 incidents.  Of those, 47% were committed in a healthcare facility. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

04Jun 2010

“Once considered safe havens, health care institutions today are confronting steadily increasing rates of crime, including violent crimes such as assault, rape and homicide. As criminal activity spills over from the streets onto the campuses and through the doors, providing for the safety and security of all patients, visitors and staff within the walls of […]

03Jun 2010

The Center for Biosecurity at UPMC recently released a  Preparedness Report that proposes the following key elements of a national strategy for healthcare preparedness and response: Definition and vision of a U.S. healthcare system prepared to handle the response to a spectrum of mass casualty events that vary in size and severity from common medical […]