Hospitals Adopt Metrasens Weapons Detection at Accelerated Rate

Metrasens has seen significant uptake in the technology from hospitals looking to protect employees from firearm and knife threats.

LISLE, Ill. — Over the last six months, Metrasens, a detection systems provider, says the adoption of its technology has accelerated due to an increase in concerns surrounding firearm and knife threats.

The technology is now used in over 180 hospitals and healthcare centers, including behavioral health centers, emergency department psychiatric units, rural independent hospitals, academic hospitals, childrens’ hospitals, and large multi-site urban health systems.

“Most security leaders and hospital executives we work with acknowledge the risks presented by guns and bladed weapons (knives, box cutters) and, the corresponding need to increase the protection of their staff from these potential threats,” says Brian Solverson, Director of Healthcare Safety for Metrasens. “Knives are a real threat that our customers face and are often a challenge because of how they can be easily concealed and elude detection from other technologies. We are fortunate to have technology that addresses these risks and puts safety first.”

A recent study of large urban healthcare systems found almost 3% of emergency department visits resulted in the confiscation of weapons (10,691 weapons). Approximately 67% were bladed weapons and 0.3% were guns.

Metrasens says its customers are seeing impressive results. One customer, a Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma center with 500 beds, reported preventing over 2,500 risk items in the first five months of the deployment of the Metrasens Ultra system.

Corewell Health, which combined former Spectrum Health and Beaumont Health and is now the largest employer in Michigan, also uses the technology.

“What impressed us most about the Metrasens Ultra is its incredible flexibility and portability compared with other systems that either require costly facility renovations or require a much larger footprint to operate,” said Matthew Brinkman, System Senior Director, Security Services for Corewell Health. “Our leadership is happy with our evaluation and decision to add Metrasens Ultra into our security operations.”

Metrasens offers a combination of high-performing detection systems that align with the customers’ desired threat sets, and are portable and aesthetically pleasing for added flexibility, according to the company. To learn more, visit

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