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STAFFING: How many hospital security staff are needed?

Two quantitative models that can be used to estimate the number of full time equivalent (FTE) security staff in a hospital are given in this article based on a survey of members of the International Association of Healthcare Safety and Security (IAHSS).  One model calculates FTEs for hospital security personnel who are involved only in the basic functions of “patrol and response.”  The other model calculates FTEs for the total hospital security personnel (including broader functions than only patrol and response).  Factors that were found to be the most relevant in predicting hospital security FTEs include:

  • Whether there is a behavioral health unit on site
  • Number of security calls annually
  • Whether there is a level I trauma center
  • Number of total hospital beds

Source: Vellani, K.H., Emery, R.J., and Reingle, J.M. (2015). A data-driven model for estimating industry average numbers of hospital security staff. Journal of Healthcare Protection Management, 31(1), 51-63.  This is a members-only journal.  Click here for the publisher’s website: https://www.iahss.org/  Here is a link to a free full text copy of a 2012 article on a closely related subject by Vellani & Emery (Staffing benchmarks: how many security officers are enough?).  Click here: https://securityconsultants.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/jhpm-article.pdf   Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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