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Taser, on a roll, focuses on hospital use

Security directors mixed on deployment
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03/12/2014

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—Taser International, coming off two banner sales years and “practically saturating” the law enforcement market, is focusing anew on hospitals.

How could this happen at a major hospital?

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Monday, November 11, 2013

As my colleague Leah Hoenen and I discussed the article she wrote about the tragic death of a patient who went missing at San Francisco General Hospital and was found dead 17 days later in a hospital stairwell, we were flabbergasted to say the least.

We kept coming back to one question: How could this happen at a major metropolitan health-care facility? The 57-year-old woman was admitted with a urinary tract infection.

SFGH, a level-one trauma center with 598 beds serving 100,000 patients a year, contracts with the local sheriff’s department to provide its security. There’s no official hospital security director, no proprietary staff.

I called Bryan Warren, president of the International Association for Hospital Security and Safety, for some context around this event.

“Smaller and rural hospitals don’t always have good security. Sometimes maintenance people have to wear that hat. But at a large-scale hospital, it’s very unusual. It shocks the conscience,” Warren said in a phone interview, referring to SFGH.

It doesn’t appear that the sheriff’s deputies were up on hospital policies and procedures. There are missing patient protocols that need to be in place, Warren said. “There was a huge gap that resulted in a very tragic incident.”

It’s not unusual for major hospitals to supplement or complement their security teams with off-duty law enforcement, but to solely rely on them and not have them trained properly is a different story.

As Warren said, “Administrators take it for granted that because you’re a deputy you can do hospital security. But it’s a very different role, and until we get that point across as a profession, we’re going to continue to have these challenges.”

Thankfully, the hospital recently has made some security changes, and the sheriff has admitted flaws in his department’s system and is reassigning staff.

I hope Security Director News will never have to report on a similar event in the near future. Make sure you read Leah’s article here.

 

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GardaWorld’s Green takes top IAHSS honor

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07/16/2013

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—Martin Green of GardaWorld received the Elwood G. Near Presidential Award at the recent 45th annual general membership meeting and seminar of the International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety, held here.

Are 'grannycams' answer for nursing home security?

Surveillance raises privacy, other concerns
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04/01/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—Experts who spoke to Security Director News agree that abuse at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities is underreported and is likely to become more prevalent.

IAHSS weighs in on Johns Hopkins hospital shootings study

Importance of security training missing from findings, president says
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09/28/2012

YARMOUTH, Maine—The recent Johns Hopkins report on hospital shootings in the United States provides valuable information to bolster security programs, but it did a disservice by not discussing the importance of security training, says Bryan Warren, president of the Intern

Hospital employee shoots two supervisors

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02/24/2012

An employee at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, Conn., shot two of his supervisors on Wednesday after a "disciplinary action," according to the hospital.

Crowded hospitals, criminal patients a 'recipe for disaster'

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09/12/2011

YARMOUTH, Maine—In November 2010, a prisoner in Santa Cruz, Calif., who’d been brought into a local hospital for an MRI scan, overpowered his female corrections officer, Tasered her with her own Taser, stole her gun, and escaped. The fugitive was later recaptured, but the incident was widely reported in the press and shined a spotlight on a major issue for hospital security directors: how to properly handle criminal patients and potential escape attempts.