New Active Shooter Drill for Hospitals
Active shooter scenarios are now frequently drilled in schools, companies, and other organizations with large groups of people. While the “run, hide, fight” drill is most common, hospitals—where patients may not have the complete ability to move by themselves—need to handle active shooters differently.
Four experts, including Dr. Ken Mattox of the Texas Medical Center and two physicians who became SWAT officers, teamed up to determine a new approach—“Secure, Preserve, Fight.” Published as an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine, the drill takes into account the needs of patients who might be incapacitated. The drill states that in the event of an active shooter situation, all able-bodied staff and patients should find shelter and secure critical rooms.
Any incapacitated patients are then able to continue to receive medical care as needed.
For more information on how Summit can help your organization or campus prepare for an active shooter scenario, email Marketing Manager Kim Klimiuk at firstname.lastname@example.org.