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Training for gun incidents, from the latest Briefings on Hospital Safety

Hi folks, it’s Scott Wallask logging on today. Given that most hospitals aren’t using metal detectors at the entrance, it’s not a surprise that some visitors enter the facility carrying guns.

In the p. 1 story of our March issue of Briefings on Hospital Safety which is available online for all subscribers to the Hospital Safety Center — we discuss ideas behind conducting drills involving gun scenarios and how to get staff members thinking about protecting themselves and innocent bystanders.

Also in Briefings:

  • A preview of our 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium looks at how the Department of Homeland Security’s Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) can help emergency management leaders with templates to design, evaluate, and improve disaster drills
  • Bloodborne pathogens problems remained on the top of OSHA’s most cited standards in hospitals in 2008, though asbestos violations made a noticeable jump
  • A roof fire proves the need to keep tabs on projects involving hot work and flammable materials

If you’re not a subscriber to the Hospital Safety Center, check out the great benefits and consider signing up today.



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Scott Wallask About the Author: Scott Wallask is senior managing editor for HCPro's Hospital Safety Center (www.hospitalsafetycenter.com) and the award-winning newsletters, Briefings on Hospital Safety and Healthcare Life Safety Compliance. He has written about healthcare for HCPro since 1998, with a focus on occupational and building safety, emergency management, fire protection, and infection control. Prior to joining HCPro, he worked as a reporter for several newspapers in eastern Massachusetts. He holds a BA in print journalism, magna cum laude, from Northeastern University in Boston. Contact Scott at swallask@hcpro.com.

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