"It hasn't been implemented yet as our security staff has just started training from an outside company, and the safety committee is developing a training program for all other employees, with special training for high risk areas, such as the emergency department," Hunt says.
Summa's new policy will emphasize that employees in the midst of a violent situation take the following actions:
It's important to talk to authorities ahead of time about the potential for violence in the hospital. "Get your local law enforcement in and pow-wow," Lange says. "Find out what is reality and what is a pipe dream" in terms of security steps, which in many cases won't deter violence from occurring, but instead will become response goals, he said.