Are You Making These 9 Hospital Security Mistakes?
With many hospitals experiencing a labor shortage, it is important not to let basic hospital security protocols fall by the wayside.
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Bill Hapner, director of healthcare for G4S, an integrated security solutions provider, has seen a lot of these mistakes in his many years conducting security site assessments. Hapner often documents the mistakes he comes across as a teaching tool for both the hospital he is assessing and hospitals he will assess in the future.
While some of these may seem like obvious mistakes, it is important to remember that these are REAL photos taken at ACTUAL hospitals in the United States. Although most probably think, “Well, I wouldn’t do something that negligent,” hospital staff and security are often overwhelmed and understaffed — especially given the current pandemic and the added responsibilities and precautions that come with it. It’s easy to see how some of these situations might happen in our country’s current state.
These mistakes emphasize the importance of bringing in a security consultant to do an assessment of your facility. Sometimes it’s the things standing right in front of us that we miss and a fresh pair of eyes always helps.
Do you have any examples you’re willing to share? Email your photos to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re more than happy to keep you anonymous or give you credit — just let us know! And we will always keep where the photo was taken anonymous.
In case you missed it, here is our earlier installment of hospital security mistakes.
This article was originally published in 2020 and has been edited.
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