Hospital Security: How to Safeguard Emergency Rooms

According to International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS), 89% of hospitals reported at least one incident of workplace violence in a 12-month period.

Hospitals are responsible for the wellbeing of their patients and employees, so it’s crucial they prevent violent acts from occurring.

Understand the key precautions and equipment needed to protect against violent patients, employees and visitors in hospital emergency rooms.

Surveillance Cameras

Strategic surveillance camera installation can boost overall security and enhance emergency room visibility. With multiple cameras and a central monitoring system, security staff can remotely monitor different views of your emergency room via desktop, tablet or smartphone. Consider placing equipment in the following locations:

Due to privacy concerns, there may be areas where cameras cannot be placed. Before installing surveillance cameras at your healthcare facility, understand legal considerations and liabilities.

Monitored Alarms and Detectors

Between the urgency of visits, and people constantly coming and going, emergency rooms can be chaotic. Monitored alarm systems and various detectors let you uncover safety risks, such as electrical damage from flood leaks or unauthorized access to medical equipment, before it’s too late.

Boost employee, patient and building safety with:

  • Environmental hazard monitors: Detect smoke, carbon monoxide and flooding.
  • Intrusion alarms: Around-the-clock monitoring ensures appropriate authorities are notified if a break-in occurs.
  • Motion sensors: Instantly detect if someone has accessed or entered a restricted area, such as your medical supply storage closet.
  • Panic buttons: Should your emergency room experience a threat or violent act, panic buttons allow staff to signal for help.

Access Control

Whether a storage cabinet or an operating room, access control equipment limits accessibility to only authorized individuals.

Examples of access control products that can help secure restricted areas are:

  • Biometric readers.
  • Intercom systems.
  • Key access cards.
  • Photo identification.
  • Swipe readers.

With proper installation, gain control over who is entering and/or leaving specific areas for improved visitor management.

How does your hospital ensure employee and patient safety? Share with us in the comments below.

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