Developing a Hazard Vulnerability Assessment

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Building your emergency plan can be a bit overwhelming and many ask, ‘Where do I start?’ A Hazard Vulnerability Assessment is a great place to start your emergency plans. We have broken down a few ideas to help you start with a HVA guide in order to improve your emergency operations plan for your facility.

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Rapid Responder Just Gets Better

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Complimentary Training You Can Trust

Rapid Responder is a robust and comprehensive emergency preparedness and crisis management platform that facilities and organizations use to increase partnerships with first responders and simplify the response process during an incident. It can sometimes be complex and overwhelming for new users, but our trained professionals are here to help you learn the ropes of Rapid Responder and train you on how to get the most out of the platform for planning and real-world use. Keep reading to learn how we support you, our customer, through training. Rapid Responder provides training you can trust.  Read More

Healthcare Safety Article Review: “Are You Safe?”

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I recently came across this article from U.S. News & World Report answering the question, “Are You Safe?” in a hospital. The article gave an in depth look at how hospitals in large metropolitan areas are protecting your safety as a patient, visitor, or staff member. Read below for an overview of this article and how we think it plays into overall healthcare safety. Read More

Rapid Responder Notify

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The App that Meets Needs for Every Organization

Owners, managers, and safety personnel cannot see every risk in a timely manner and count on their guests, visitors, or students to help keep an eye out for hazards around the facility. Rapid Responder Notify meets that need for your organization.

Rapid Responder Notify, a mobile App that accompanies the Rapid Responder platform, allows for two-way communication on a daily basis for any facility or organization. Using Notify sites have the ability to communicate important information like closures, severe weather, delayed start times, drills, or lockdowns while it was built for these semi-critical information sharing moments, it can also be used for friendly reminders. Read More

Healthcare Partnerships for Increased Response to Regional Emergencies

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Tips on Increasing Partnership for Resource Allocation

Incidents like terrorist attacks, natural disasters, etc. bring about chaos, especially for those trying to help. Hospitals become overrun with victims and others needing assistance that they can’t accept everyone or they run out of resources. By creating healthcare partnerships with other local hospitals, healthcare facilities, and even hospitals that are a reasonable distance away, you can gather the resources to assist all that come in needing help during regional emergencies. Read More

Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are

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Locating a Missing Patient at Your Hospital

It’s a normal day at your hospital, when you hear there is a patient missing from their assigned room, what do you do? Any missing person is a red flag, but the risk is even higher when a patient is missing from their hospital room. They are at risk of harm to themselves, others, not receiving their medications, and worrying their families. Today we are going to give you some procedures which should be part of your missing patient protocols in your hospital or smaller healthcare facility. Read More

Don’t Miss Your Mark with Unrealistic Safety Goals

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Safety Goals Should be Challenging, Yet Realistic & Attainable

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Goals give us something to strive towards, which is often times motivating, helping us to meet goals and make new ones. Just like people, organizations need goals too, specifically safety goals. These goals need to be challenging for your organization, but they also need to be realistic. Having unrealistic goals will not only prevent you from meeting those goals, but it may also negatively affect some safety efforts that are already in place. Carefully crafting goals for your organization is essential to ongoing safety. Read More

Communication at Smaller Healthcare Facilities

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Don’t Let Size Fool You, Risk is Everywhere

Just because you’re not in a multi-level hospital does not mean you don’t need effective communication between staff and patients. Effective communication may be even more important in a smaller healthcare setting because security personnel are not always available, and many times, paramedics are not on site. Below are a few ways that you may choose to communicate with staff and patients in a small healthcare setting such as, assisted living homes, clinics, or specialty offices. Read More

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