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Active Shooter Incident Planning for Health Facility Emergency Preparedness

A sign of the times, unfortunately. The Departments of Health and Human Services; Homeland Security; and Justice have jointly issued a new planning guide for dealing with active shooters in health care facilities. It’s recommended that active shooter planning be included as part of a facility’s overall emergency preparedness operations covering everything from fires to floods to infectious disease pandemics.

As in other preparedness planning, the guide addresses prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery issues as they relate to active shooter emergencies within health care settings.

Source: Incorporating active shooter incident planning into health care facility emergency operation plans. U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, 2014. http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/planning/Documents/active-shooter-planning-eop2014.pdf


Chu E. How to survive a hospital shooting. MedPage Today, May 2014 [republished Jan. 20, 2015]. http://www.medpagetoday.com/EmergencyMedicine/EmergencyMedicine/45535

Diamond D. When patients kill doctors: the horrifying murder of Michael Davidson. Forbes, Jan. 21, 2015. http://www.forbes.com/sites/dandiamond/2015/01/21/when-patients-kill-doctors-the-horrifying-murder-of-michael-davidson/

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