Training is Not a Secret

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Comprehensive Training is Effective in All Aspects of Life

Fire prevention is not just important for firefighters, blood borne pathogen training is not just critical for nurses, and CPR and First Aid are important to more people than just medical emergency professionals. These are all real-life incidents which training can help prevent or mitigate from getting worse. Today we are going to help you open the dialogue about safety in your organization a, which in turn opens the dialogue about safety in your community, and give you tips on how you can implement comprehensive training. 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

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: 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

Healthcare Facilities Holiday Incidents: Prepare

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5 Ways Your Facility can Prepare for and Reduce Holiday Incidents

Healthcare facilities, especially hospitals, see an increase in emergency cases over the holiday season. It is understood in the medical community that during the busy holiday season, for many reasons, there is an increase in emergency room visits, especially heart related conditions. For healthcare workers and hospital management, that means preplanning for the influx.

Verify Contact Information

During the holiday’s many staff go out of town, or take vacation days to spend with their loved ones, but holiday incidentsmost will be on call. Emergency room visits peak during Christmas and often turn into multiple day stays for observation and surgeries. Prior to the holiday season starting, verify the contact information for staff that you may need at the last minute. Without a working phone number, your facility may need to turn people away because of lack of manpower, or occupancy overload. Read More

Easy Alert, the Internal Communication Tool that Your Healthcare Facility is Missing

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Does your hospital or other healthcare facility have a way to communicate internally during an emergency situation, incident, or drill? If so, does that same communication tool allow for real-time communication with your first responders as well? Rapid Responder Easy Alert meets both of those needs and is included in the cost of your Rapid Responder implementation. Below are three ways that Easy Alert helps your healthcare facility to communicate internally during an incident or drill.

Easy AlertCompatible with any iOS or Android Device

Easy Alert is browser based and compatible with all iOS and Android devices, it is also accessible on any platform, making it a universal communication tool for staff and first responders.  Because it is browser based, there is no fear of updates, ensuring your ability to use it at any time, and it can be saved to your device’s home screen for quick access. An incident or drill can be initiated within 2 clicks and a notification can be sent to a predetermined contact list of staff and first responders by email and/or text. Read More

Medical Emergencies Series: Wrap Up

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Top 3 Tips for Preparing for Medical Emergencies

This week we have brought you a series on medical emergencies in different facilities. We started with schools, then discussed how to handle medical emergencies in your place of worship, and yesterday we brought you tips on how to prepare for medical emergencies at your hotel. Today we want to wrap up our series and give you some broad takeaways that will help any facility prepare for potential medical emergencies.

medical emergenciesFirst and foremost, training is the most valuable preventative measure that any facility can have for any type of crisis or emergency. Because people rely on training and instinct during a crisis, having effective training will increase preparedness during a medical emergency. Train and certify all staff or designated team members on CPR and First Aid and the use of an AED, if applicable. Read More

Medical Emergencies Series: Hotels

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Reduce Risk & Negative Attention by Being Prepared 

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Tuesday we started our series by focusing on medical emergencies in schools, yesterday we focused on medical emergencies in places of worship, and today we will bring you tips on how to decrease risk of medical emergencies in your hotel. There are hundreds of rooms, a mass of guests, and only so many staff that are working at any given time. When you factor in the potential medical emergencies that could happen, heart attack, seizures, loss of consciousness, etc., the risk is significant. The good news though, is that there are precautions and procedures that you can put in place to decrease the severity of a medical emergency in your hotel. Read More

Medical Emergencies Series: Schools

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cop car and busKnow How to Respond & What You Should Do

Peanuts, bees, shellfish, eggs, and milk. What do these all have in common? They are typically seen as trigger foods for allergies in children and adults alike. Most individuals are aware of their allergies, but they can be triggered at any time. Knowing how to respond and what to do during medical emergencies at your school can save the life of a student, a staff member or a parent.

Many students are on strict diets for food allergies and sensitivities, and must be aware of what they are putting in their body. Teachers have a large task of ensuring that younger children in their care are steering clear of any foods or animals that may cause an adverse, life threatening reaction. Teachers are typically well trained on these medical conditions and know how to react when a student presents symptoms. This not only includes food allergies, but also asthma and medical conditions such as seizures. Teachers know to get the students epi-pen or their inhaler and follow the instructions from there, but what if a teacher has a medical emergency, do students and other staff members know how to react? Read More

First Responder Series: Emergency Medical Services

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3 Things Your EMS First Responders Want You to Knowemergency medical services

Ryan Stanford, our guest blogger today from Virginia, has over 11 years’ experience as an emergency medical services first responder. He has shared some helpful tips for how the public can help when they respond to an emergency scene. When an EMS first responder is involved, tension is high and nerves are on edge, but it is important to remember these tips so we, and our loved ones have the best outcome possible, thanks to the knowledge of our EMS first responders. Read More