Active shooter events have increased 600% in the United States since 2009 and the lethality of these events has increased more than 150%. Hospitals have not been immune to shooting events, with an average of one hospital shooting event each month in the United States. Just in the last decade, more than 154 hospital shootings occurred, leaving 225 dead or seriously injured. Hospital workplace violence has reached endemic proportions, with more than half a million healthcare providers assaulted each year in the United States.
The number one motive for hospital shootings is a grudge against hospital staff. Research at the University of Miami found that 5% of patients in the study stated they would like to kill their primary healthcare provider. Other motives for hospital shootings include prisoner escapes, suicide, euthanizing ill relatives, and spillover violence from the community.
Retrospective reviews of multiple hospital active shooter events and drills have found numerous flaws with active shooter response. Some of these flaws include staff unaware of lockdown procedures, staff never hearing lockdown warnings, staff ignoring lockdown warnings, staff not knowing what to do with patients, and staff unaware of escape options. Hospital police and security fail to realize how manpower intensive hospital active shooter events will be, and fail to understand how to effectively search and clear a hospital from a perpetrator. Hospital administrators must also understand the legal liability of failing to effectively plan and prepare for these types of events.
This presentation will cover the history of hospital active shooter events, hospital workplace violence statistics, perpetrator motives, methods to combat hospital active shooters, and attack actions if an event occurs. Last, this presentation will review several hospital active shooter events and review lessons learned.
At the conclusion of this program, attendees will learn and discuss the history of mass shooting and hospital shootings in United States.
At the conclusion of this program, attendees will be able to describe the “profile” of the typical active shooter.
At the conclusion of this program, attendees will be able to describe the endemic of violence against healthcare providers in the United States.
At the conclusion of this program, attendees will be able to describe methods by which hospital staff can respond to active shooter events.
At the conclusion of this program, attendees will be able to describe controversies in hospital response, including the desire for staff to remain with patients.
At the conclusion of this program, attendees will be able to describe lessons learned from multiple active shooter events.