When you hear the term “emergency response,” what comes to mind? Do you picture first responders such as law enforcement and first responders arriving to the scene of an incident? The next part of the story often takes place at a hospital, where injured people are taken. The hospital is in fact an integral part of the emergency response team and should always be included in discussions about escalation. In addition to responding to emergencies, hospitals must prepare for their own possible incidents by protecting staff and patients.
Here are 3 ways hospitals are keeping communities safe:
These events have all occurred within the past 3 months. With violence possible in any public space, it is vital for all healthcare facilities to have clear safety plans and incident management systems in place.
With the increase in assaults on the staff in the nation's hospitals, more and more of these workers are using wearable panic buttons for their staff. This type of precaution can help hospital workers to get help faster, but it may not stop the assaults from occurring. Mental health professionals continue to work with patients in hospitals to create a more positive environment for everyone.
Hospitals are a major part of any emergency response, and the staff members face issues such as threats of violence from outside intruders as well as patients. While we may think of schools when we hear about mass shootings and mental health problems, we should also keep hospitals and other large public facilities in mind. If your hospital or organization is looking to improve safety protocols, consider our panic alarm solution, Safety OneClick, and our ground-breaking, digital incident management platform, Safety iResponse. Together, we can make the world a safer place.