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SECURITY: 123 violent events per hospital per year (mean)

Results of a survey of members of the International Healthcare Security and Safety Foundation (IHSSF) are presented in this report that is available in free full text on the IHSSF website.  There were responses from 299 individuals – typically experienced security personnel representing the experience of 340 hospitals across the country.  The hospitals were predominantly private not-for-profit hospitals with 100 beds or more.

Number of violent events per year per hospital (mean) (I rounded these numbers off.)

  •   29 violent events (Less than 100 beds)
  •   89 (100-300 beds)
  • 176 (3005-500 beds)
  • 255 (500+ beds)
  • 123 (all bed sizes)
  • Trauma centers were found to have a higher than average number of violent events – 169.

Use of metal detectors at hospitals

  • One third of hospitals have metal detector(s) in place
  • Metal detectors are more commonly found at entrance to the emergency department

Types of weapons reported to be provided to hospital security personnel

  • 96 percent (handcuffs)
  • 56 percent (batons)
  • 52 percent (OC pepper spray)
  • 52 percent (hand guns)
  • 47 percent (TASERs)
  • 12 percent (K9 units)

Security codes (overhead codes) reported used in the hospital

  • 87 percent (abducted infant or child)
  • 82 percent (active shooter)
  • 79 percent (aggressive/combative individual)
  • 49 percent (elopement)

Source: Schoenfisch, A., and Pompeii, L. (2014, July). Weapons use among hospital security personnel: Final report to the International Healthcare Security and Safety Foundation. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Medical Center.  Click here: http://ihssf.org/PDF/weaponsuseamonghosptialsecuritypersonnel2014.pdf  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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