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STAFFING: Formula for determining number of security staff

Formulas that can be used to estimate the total security staff FTEs, as well as the FTEs needed for security officers dedicated to patrol and response functions, are given in this article.  The formulas take into account key predictors of the need for security, such as whether the hospital has a psychiatric unit and trauma center, the number of beds, and the annual number of security calls.

Source: Vellani, K.H., Emery, R.J., and Parker, N.  Staffing benchmarks: a model for determining how many security officers are enough.  Journal of Healthcare Protection Management;28(2):1-11, 2012.  Click here for the publisher’s website: http://www.iahss.org/Info/Member-Content.asp  Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org


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