Hospital Security Director Gives Approaches to Successfully Caring for Forensic Patients

Bryan Warren used past forensic patient case studies and current federal guidelines to walk hospital officials through the delicate process of treating inmates.

Bryan Warren of the Carolinas HealthCare System presented an educational webcast May 26 explaining how best to manage inmates at hospitals.

In the free, hour-long webcast Warren, the healthcare system’s director of corporate security, discussed common security issues associated with handling prisoner patients, used case studies to glean lessons learned, outlined federal guidelines on the issue and gave best practices for hospitals.

The incidents examined included the fatal shooting of a security officer at Montgomery Regional Hospital in 2006, an inmate patient’s attempted escape at Longview Hospital and the 2013 shooting at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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Warren also leveraged insights from industry leaders like the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS), whose extensive 2011 study on prisoner escape attempts in hospitals was dissected.

IAHSS guidelines for forensic patient security are also covered, as well as CMMS conditions for restraint and Joint Commission standards on interacting with patients.

Warren also discussed standards for hospital room safety, suicide prevention, patient communication and more before fielding questions from the audience.

After receiving great feedback from our readers, we’re recommending that anyone responsible for the process of handling forensic patients gives the webcast a listen.

Warren’s presentation was part of Campus Safety’s new Educational Webinar Series, which continues with How Unarmed Security Officers Can Respond to Active Killer Situations (June 16).

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