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3 Reasons Why Visitor Management is Critical for Healthcare Facilities

Posted by Laurie Lefever on Aug 29, 2019 1:06:32 PM

It's not a stretch to say that Visitor Management is extremely important for overall safety and security in healthcare facilities.

Consider the following:

  • 70% of victims who experienced trauma from workplace violence worked in healthcare and social assistance industry (CDC, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Occupational Violence)
  • There was a 50% increase in violence against healthcare staff in 2018 over the previous year (American Society of Health Care Engineering, 2018 Hospital Security Survey)
  • Private sector healthcare workers in in-patient facilities are 5X more likely to experience workplace violence-
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Topics: Visitor Management, hospital security, workplace violence, visitor badges, hospital visitor management, healthcare security

When It Comes to Hospital Visitor Management, Watch Lists Are Essential

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jan 31, 2019 7:00:00 AM

One of the main goals of any hospital is to keep the people inside, whether they're staff, patients or visitors, safe from harm.

While this goal isn't limited to hospitals (factories, schools, office buildings and other sites all want to keep their personnel safe too), safety and security are taken particularly seriously at healthcare facilities

It may be because of the vulnerability of the people receiving treatment inside, or due to the desire to ensure that people wracked by anxiety over a loved one's condition don't have anything else to worry about.

Regardless of the specific impetus, hospital administrators and security staff spend countless hours reviewing Visitor Management procedures, fine-tuning security plans, monitoring video and training for particular incidents.

It's obvious, but a security director or hospital administrator would be able to sleep a lot more soundly if he or she knew the facility was doing everything it could to keep potential threats from ever accessing the building.

This, of course, seems obvious: if you keep nefarious characters outside, you drastically decrease the likelihood of those characters harming anyone at your facility.

The problem is that it's difficult to identify troublemakers before they come inside, right?

Wrong.

Watch lists serve as a first line of defense

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Topics: Visitor Management, PassagePoint, hospital security, healthcare Visitor Management, hospital visitor management, healthcare security, healthcare tips

3 Reasons Why Hospital Visitor Management is Essential for Today's Facilities

Posted by Dan Ryan on Dec 5, 2018 12:00:00 PM

We've spent a lot of time in this blog talking about why Visitor Management is important for sites of all kinds.

While the specifics may vary depending on the industry, the basis of every Visitor Management system is the desire to keep a site and its personnel safe from harm.

This desire applies to all kinds of worksites, from hospitals to factories and everything in between.

However, it's not a stretch to say that Visitor Management is a little more important for overall safety and security in a few industries. Healthcare is one of those industries.

We recently discussed calls for increased safety at healthcare facilities and how a good Visitor Management system goes a long way toward achieving that goal of increased safety.

You may be wondering, "what makes healthcare so different? Isn't building safety basically the same everywhere?"

While it's true that there are common threads between site safety at all kinds of workplaces, there are unique aspects of healthcare facilities that make the need for hospital Visitor Management a little more pressing.

The unique safety challenges hospitals face

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Topics: Visitor Management, hospital security, guest safety, facility safety, healthcare, healthcare Visitor Management, hospital visitor management

New ACEP Survey Finds Emergency Room Violence to be a Widespread Problem

Posted by Dan Ryan on Oct 3, 2018 8:00:00 AM

It has become a predictable pattern: each time a new survey on violence in healthcare facilities is released, the numbers paint an increasingly alarming picture of the daily dangers faced by doctors, nurses and other staff members.

Unfortunately, the latest survey to come out is no different, and this one should raise eyebrows among the hospital security community.

This recent survey was conducted by the American College of Emergency Physicians, also known as the ACEP. The ACEP is a leading advocacy group for emergency physicians and the patients they serve, so it makes sense that those emergency physicians were the ones responding to the survey.

The results gathered from the survey of more than 3,500 medical professionals do not paint a rosy picture of the healthcare safety and security space.

Nearly half of respondents reported being assaulted on the job

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Topics: hospital security, healthcare, hospital visitor management, healthcare security

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