Active Shooter Training
Hospital Active Shooter Response Training
The hospital environment is not immune to the dangers posed by active shooter incidents. As hospitals are open to the public and frequently deal with emotional situations, it's vital to equip medical professionals and staff with the tools they need to respond to threats effectively. All hospital active shooter response training should encompass situational awareness, how to recognize warning signs, and essential steps to take during an active shooter situation. This ensures a higher level of preparedness and can potentially save lives.Take our 3-Minute Readiness Assessment
Hospital Active Shooter Training
In an environment where life-saving actions are the norm, understanding protocols during heightened threats is essential. For hospital staff, from surgeons to administrative personnel, recognizing how to remain calm and execute safety procedures needs to be fundamental. Training must reduce the risks associated with violent incidents and also ensure a level of protection for patients who rely on medical professionals during these critical moments.Learn More Find An Instructor Course
Preparedness in Hospital Settings
While hospitals are equipped to deal with medical emergencies, an active shooter situation presents unique challenges:
- Assessing the Immediate Environment. Always be vigilant. Familiarize yourself with your surroundings, including exit points and safe rooms.
- Reacting with Purpose: If a threat is imminent, try to stay calm and not panic. Training can help by ensuring you practice how to react in a violent situation.
- Effective Communication: Clear communication among staff, emergency personnel and with patients is necessary during a violent situation. All staff should know the hospital’s crisis communication plans.
Hospital Training for Emergency Bleeding Control
Medical professionals within the hospital understand how to stop the bleed of injuries. In an active shooter situation, administrative staff may find themselves in a position to help control emergency bleeding. Non-medically trained staff need to learn basic bleeding control techniques because they may become immediate responders who help save lives.
- Recognize the Severity: Not all injuries are the same. Employees trained to identify the severity of a wound can make more informed decisions on how to assist.
- Prioritize Safety: Before attempting to help an injured person, uphold personal safety. This might involve moving away from a threat or ensuring the injured person is out of further harm's way.
- Effective First Aid Application: From using a bandage effectively to understanding when and how to apply a tourniquet, proper training can make the difference between life and death.
Elevate Safety Standards with AVERT Training
While hospitals are accustomed to emergencies, active shooter scenarios require a distinct set of skills and knowledge for every staff member. HSI’s Active Violence Emergency Response Training (AVERT) stands ready to enhance your hospital's emergency action plan with comprehensive active shooter response and bleeding control training. By doing so, you'll be better protecting everyone in your hospital during an active violence situation.Learn More