The debate over weapons in the ER

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

October 15, 2014

The perennial debate about whether weapons should be allowed in the ED as a way for clinical staff to defend against violence has been renewed again.

A series of events in recent months—including one in which a doctor is being credited with stopping a mass shooting by firing back with his own gun—has many hospital safety experts debating whether arming hospital staff is a good idea, and if so, what draws the line?

This is an excerpt from an article in the October issue of Patient Safety Monitor Journal.

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