A Planned Parenthood in Santa Cruz, Ca.

A Planned Parenthood in Santa Cruz, Ca.

The recent deadly shootings at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic and a Minnesota hospital have revived questions — and renewed patients’ concerns — about security at healthcare facilities. The incidents bear out grim national statistics: a 2010 study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that health care workers are nearly five times more likely to be assaulted or harmed by another person than the average worker in all industries combined. With mass shootings on the rise, we consider the safety precautions that medical facilities can — and must — take to protect patients and staff.


  • David LaRose President, International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS)
  • Kevin Whaley Director of Safety and Security, The George Washington University Hospital; CHPA (Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator); Senior Member, IAHSS


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