After Action Reviews

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After Action ReviewsPreparing Your Organization for the Next Incident

An After Action Review (AAR), is commonly used by the military and according to the Harvard Business Review is, “A method for extracting from one event or project and applying them to others.” For instance, if during your past fire drill, exit doors were not closed after everyone evacuated, you recognize that as a shortcoming and next time you have a fire drill, someone is in charge of securing those inner perimeter doors before evacuating themselves. You took an instance from one event and applied it to the next event. After Action Reviews are critical to the continuation of safety and security for any facility and enables organizations to continue striving toward a safer environment. Read More

Use of Force: Non-Lethal Defensive Tools (Part 3 of 3)

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How You Can Deter Violence with Non-Lethal Force at Your Hospital

A prisoner being treated at a hospital suddenly disarms the deputy guarding him, shooting and killing him with his own service weapon.  The prisoner, now armed and not wearing handcuffs, poses a lethal risk to anyone else in the hospital who might try to stop him.  Hospital security officers, armed with TASERs, respond to the scene and deploy a TASER to stop the threat and subdue the prisoner.  The TASER effectively subdues the man, who later is pronounced dead.

This is a nightmare scenario that actually unfolded at a hospital in St. Cloud Minnesota in 2015.  Had the hospital security officers not been armed with TASERs, other lives might have been lost that day.  While TASERs are not meant to be a response to deadly force incidents, the deployment of this non-lethal defensive tool in this case was effective, but also resulted in the death of the subject. Read More

Mitigating Continuous Risk at Your Hospital

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Hospital Fire Hazards

Fire Hazards, Compliance, Training, & Mass Disaster

Hospitals must take a different approach to mitigating continuous risk. Their approach must be continuous, on a cycle that has no end: continuous training, continuous drills, continuous dialogue, etc. Although there are many risks and many facets to each risk a hospital faces, some of the most popular are fire hazards, compliance, training, and mass disaster. Read More

Mitigating Continuous Risk: Mass Disaster

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Prepare Early for an Efficient Response

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Hospitals’ risk and concerns differ from most other facilities and accept many people in the event of a mass disaster in their community. Natural disasters, chemical releases, large car accidents and other situations like active shooters and terrorist attacks are all cause for concern, and are scenarios hospitals must prepare for.

Natural disasters and weather are out of our control, but they can carry serious risk not only to infrastructure, but also public health. When these scenarios arise, hospitals must be prepared to accept patients, possibly many that are injured from the disaster. Since the weather patterns and seasons are predictable to a degree, we can assume there may be injuries from hurricanes from June to November, but earthquakes can be harder to predict and injuries from these may be in the hundreds. This is when up-to-date training comes in. Up-to-date training means hospital staff are better prepared to treat and respond because they are trained on the latest protocols and have the information fresh in their mind, enabling them to cope and respond in a more efficient manner. Read More

Mitigate Risk at Your Hospital with Compliance

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Consistency & Efficiency for Facility Compliance

Compliance. A well-known word to those who work in the medical field. According to Merriam-Webster, compliance is, “the act or process of doing what you have been asked or ordered to do.” Many organizations require compliance for hospitals, such as OSHA, The Joint Commission, and others. It can become difficult for hospitals to juggle these requirements and continually meet them. Today we want to help by offering some tips on how you can manage compliance needs and schedules at your hospital. Read More

Mitigating Continuous Risk at Hospitals Series

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Fire Hazards & Reducing Risk

Hospitals and healthcare facilities are one of many places with continuous risks, meaning safety and security must be well planned and up-to-date. Fire hazards are one of the many hazards and concerns we will talk about this week during our series, “Mitigating Continuous Risk at Your Hospital.” Fire hazards are one aspect that can be easily maintained, thus reducing the risk involved. But the only way to make that possible is to stay on top of certain aspects that cause the most concern to a hospital. Click through to see how these 6 areas of concern can be mitigated to reduce fire risk. Read More

Emergency Operating Procedures

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What You Need to Know & Address

Emergency Operating Procedures (EOPs) are critical to emergency planning and preparedness for any facility. According to FEMA, emergency operating procedures means, “A document that assigns responsibility to organizations and individuals for carrying out specific actions at projected times and places in an emergency that exceeds the capability or routine responsibility of any one agency.”

Many people working on EOPs confuse them with plans; however, they are much different because emergency operating procedures are not as specific as emergency plans. Plans will be very emergency operating proceduresspecific and will differ according to emergency type such as fire, active shooter, flooding, etc. Procedures on the other hand are broader and say “if there’s a fire, the fire department will respond and take over the response.” Read More

Rapid Responder Meets Your Healthcare Facilities Joint Commission Requirements

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Get the Most Out Of Your Accreditation with Rapid Responder

The healthcare industry has many standards and requirements to meet, the most well-known and comprehensive being the Joint Commission Standards. “The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,500 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States. Their accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects commitment to meeting certain performance standards.” The standards can be difficult to meet on your own, but Rapid Responder helps your healthcare facility meet a variety of them. Today we want to give you 6 specific Joint Commission Standards that Rapid Responder meets for your medical center: Read More

Hospital Safety With Effective Design

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Building a Safer Hospital

Wet floor sign for hospital safetyHealthcare facilities, especially hospitals are seeing the increased need for more security, but they still want to keep an aesthetically pleasing environment for their patients and visitors. Architects and others are working to figure out how security can be optimized for increased hospital safety, while still offering a peaceful environment. Today we want to give you some best practices on how you can boost safety and security in your healthcare facility through effective design. Read More

Rapid Responder: Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions

Many times, people see Rapid Responder and wonder what exactly it is. Once they find out, a variety of other questions begin to surface about the product, the implementation and the maintenance of it. Today we want to take some time and answer some of the commonly asked questions about Rapid Responder.

We started by collecting questions from our operations and sales team who travel often and speak with many potential users. Here are some common questions and answers they often run into while speaking with customers and providing demos. Read More