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Journal of Healthcare Protection Management

Paul M Sarnese
The use of K9 units within healthcare facilities will continue to increase as the violence within healthcare increases. K9s are a wise investment and are cost-effective. K9 units deter and prevent crime and violence at facilities. The typical K9 will be utilized for eight to ten years. The research demonstrates that facilities that have deployed K9 units have seen a reduction in crime and violence. A well trained K9 can not only patrol the exterior of a healthcare facility but also the patient care and service areas...
2016: Journal of Healthcare Protection Management
Kristen E Miller, Mark E Benden, Eva M Shipp, Adam W Pickens, Monica L Wendel, Peter J Pronovost, B Vince Watts
In order to assist staff in recognizing patients prone to violence and guide their clinical decision-making, this study summarizes mental health inpatient unit incidents over a one-year period. Results describe demographic and clinical information for patients, and evaluate risk assessment tools currently used to predict risk. A retrospective analysis included data on patients involved in incidents and frequency matched controls. There were a total of 44 incidents, caused by 38 unique patients. A constructed model to estimate patient characteristics and risk of violent incidents included involuntary admittance (OR 2...
2016: Journal of Healthcare Protection Management
Ryan M Bonacci
This article is based on a proposal to management by the police chief of a hospital for equipping police officers with patrol rifles. According to the IHSSF 2014 research report on Weapons Use Among Hospital Security Personnel, handguns are available in 52% of hospitals, but there were no reports of the availability of patrol rifles. Recognizing that such a proposal is highly controversial, the author maintains that in view of the nature of today's security threats, the use of such weapons should be given serious consideration...
2016: Journal of Healthcare Protection Management
Travis Naito
The need for equipping healthcare security officers with tourniquets may seem far-fetched, but it is not, according to the author, because such officers in their role of first responders may well face situations where they have to administer such first aid to save lives and limbs. In this article, he describes how training in tourniquet use by officers can be given.
2016: Journal of Healthcare Protection Management
Mark Gaynor, Tracy Omer, Jason S Turner
This paper intends to simplify challenging concepts through role-play demonstrations and serve as a foundation for understanding the basis of securing healthcare data. Disparity exists between the rising need for security of electronic healthcare information and the number of healthcare leaders who understand the concepts behind ensuring privacy and accuracy of such data. Healthcare managers with a basic understanding of data encryption and how it safeguards health information are vital to the success of Electronic Health Records...
2016: Journal of Healthcare Protection Management
Dana M Frentz
Appropriate lighting coupled with additional security meth- ods has been shown to reduce the occurrence of crime, the author reports in this article which describes the characteristics of lighting, how to decide how much light to use, and how and when to conduct lighting assessments.
2016: Journal of Healthcare Protection Management
Michael S D'Angelo
The new NFPA 99 Security Management Standard for healthcare facilities requires a Security Vulnerability Analysis be conducted annually, the author reports. This will usually uncover little change from year to year, he says, but by using the right model the analysis can be used to win back security additions that had previously been rejected by the C-Suite.
2016: Journal of Healthcare Protection Management
Kenneth A Shaw, Karen D Wilson, Judy E Brown
The unannounced Joint Commission (TJC) accreditation survey can prove just as unpredictable and challenging as any other incident. In this article, the authors describe a plan developed by a hospital emergency response team that has proven successful in dealing with TJC and other surveys.
2016: Journal of Healthcare Protection Management
Justin Harmon
In presenting a three-year model for workplace violence mitigation in this article, the author sees it as providing a way to gauge the maturity of the program. This model, he says, functions similarly to a high performing security awareness program where certain themes need to be repeated on a routine basis just so situational awareness does not fall by the wayside. While the program outlined here is not a guaranteed formula for success, it is a framework to work within to ensure you have a roadmap upon which to build success...
2016: Journal of Healthcare Protection Management
Matthew Doherty
Every time we turn on the news, or open our Internet browsers, a story about an active shooter--at a school, house of worship, public place and even in our workplace--spills onto the page, the author reports. In this article he focuses on how we can prevent these incidents from occurring. What exactly is "targeted violence"--and why is what experts call "behavioral threat assessment" one of the single most effective ways to prevent the next active shooter incident in any organization?
2016: Journal of Healthcare Protection Management
Thomas A Smith
The prevalence and growth of violence in healthcare facilities has now been recognized by government and regulatory agencies, the author reports, but there continues to be a general lack of understanding and support of security and safety by some hospital administrators. In this article he presents the options that should be considered for reducing violence and outlines the steps which can be taken to reduce the number of violent incidents and effectively respond if they do occur.
2016: Journal of Healthcare Protection Management
Jennifer Goba
Recognizing the reality of domestic violence and its impact on the workplace, the Police and Security Staff of a leading hospital launched a team effort to protect and empower abused employees and break the cycle of violence. In this article, the author describes how the team was formed, how it operates, and the results it has achieved.
2016: Journal of Healthcare Protection Management
Anthony Luizzo
Incorporating metrics into security surveys has been championed as a better way of substantiating program-related effectiveness and expenditures. Although security surveys have been aroundfor well over 40 years, rarely, if ever, have metric-related strategies been part of the equation, the author says. In this article, he cites several published articles and research findings available to security professionals and their surveyors that may give them the expertise and confidence they need to make use of this valuable tool...
2016: Journal of Healthcare Protection Management
Paul M Sarnese
Standardizing the hiring and onboarding of security officers in a diverse and comprehensive healthcare system has been attained, according to the author, by the employment of Shared Governance, a staff-leader partnership designed to improve department outcomes. In this article, he describes how Shared Government was employed, how different issues were identified, and how benefits were achieved.
2016: Journal of Healthcare Protection Management
William Losefsky, Kevin Mulcahy
Leading a large staff of individuals with different personality traits can be a challenge, the authors state, but understanding that each team member is a unique person with thoughts and feelings that may differ from a leader's preconceived notions allows healthcare security officers to celebrate diversity and work together to create positive change. A high functioning team, they add, accepts personality differences and knows that each individual is a value-contributing member of the team.
2016: Journal of Healthcare Protection Management
Kit Tarvin-Peek
After determining that security staff should obtain IAHSS certification on every level to help reduce the risk for mishandling of incidents and enhance the health system's reputation for being a "best practice" organization, security managers, working with Human Resources, developed a special training program designed to maximize the chances of an individual officer and supervisor attaining such certification. In this article, the author reviews this training program.
2016: Journal of Healthcare Protection Management
John M Demming
The need to conduct field training programs of new officers instead of "learning by doing" has become essential as violent incidents in hospitals keep increasing, the author says. In this article he outlines the elements of a successful field training program.
2016: Journal of Healthcare Protection Management
Bryan Warren
Is security an investment or a cost? Since the preventative value of security is difficult to prove, each professional security practitioner must do his or her best to take existing data and translate it into a language that the C-Suite will understand, the author says. In this article he describes ways that appropriate resourcesfor security in the healthcare environment can be validated.
2016: Journal of Healthcare Protection Management
Roger A Fournier
The number ofpeople security officers deal with and the number of challenges they present, are increasing every day, the author reports. Developing verbal skills to handle those challenges is not easy, but is essential in helping them and the facility you work for, he says. A veteran of 400 plus hours in training healthcare workers in crisis prevention, he provides in this article a number of effective ways to achieve tension reduction.
2015: Journal of Healthcare Protection Management
Traci VanDecandelaere
The author discusses what she believes are the right and wrong ways to handle a customer complaint about the behavior of one of your officers.
2015: Journal of Healthcare Protection Management
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