Guest OSHA Column: Should docs carry guns?

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

August 13, 2014

In July, a patient shot and killed his case worker and wounded a physician at Mercy Wellness Center in Darby, Pennsylvania.

After having been responsible for security operations in healthcare facilities since 1981, I could not help but analyze the police and security response, physical security measures (or lack of) emergency responders, public relations staff, and then the gun control and gun proponents during the news cycle or two after the incident.

The answer to the title question is of course, no. But, what should hospitals do to reduce the potential for these incidents and to effectively respond when they do occur?

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