An active shooter. A vehicle used as a weapon. Words you don’t want to hear. Yet, too often, we do.
For the ownership, management and staff of healthcare facilities who provide vital care for the elderly, they too must be vigilant and aware of the risk. Safeguarding their patients, visitors, vendors and staff is paramount.
The Oswald Companies’ Healthcare & Aging Services practice understands the needs of healthcare facilities. We know this a sensitive subject. We also know through experience that reducing risk and promoting the safety of patients, employees and visitors, is accomplished with a proactive approach.
A pre-meditated attack carried out by an active assailant using a vehicle, explosive device or any handheld weapon that results in the following:
Preparation and advance planning is essential to mitigate risk and save lives, especially in facilities where patients are not ambulatory or can easily shelter in place.
What can healthcare facility management do to lessen their risk?
• Prepare an Emergency Response Plan
Whether it is a severe weather or active assailant event, having a plan for staff, visitors and vendors to follow is essential. The plan can include the following:
• Staff Training and Education
A prepared staff can limit the threat to the facility and its patients. Schedule active assailant training drills – at least twice a year – so the staff is familiar with procedures and their roles.
• Harden Your Facility and Procedures
Review both the physical condition and current procedures in your facility and identify areas that could pose a risk.
In the aftermath of an active assailant event at a healthcare facility emotions are raw, and confusion, uncertainty and feelings of insecurity are common among employees, families of patients and for those being cared for at the facility. The trauma – both physical and psychological – can require significant and costly post-event support services.
The ownership and management of healthcare facilities want to do right by their employees, vendors and patients, and continue their mission of healing and caring. To carry out that mission healthcare facility owners and managers need to restore the business as soon as possible and protect it going forward.
Oswald has solutions that can assist management to restore the business and care for employees, patients, and other individuals impacted by an active assailant event.
Active assailant coverages can include the following protections:
About Oswald’s Aging Services:
Oswald partners with aging service healthcare providers, both for profit and nonprofit. Our holistic approach towards risk management will improve your financial outcomes, decrease risk of loss, increase employee retention, and ultimately reduce your spend. Our proactive service offerings will decrease the risk of loss, and position your organization to trend positive for years to come.
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