Mass shootings have become all too commonplace, whether they are due to acts of terrorism, hate, or mental instability. Fortunately, there are things you can do to prepare, respond, and survive. This course offers information for everyone in a healthcare environment along with guidance on how to leverage the unique environment found within healthcare workspace when an active shooting event occur. This training course is designed for healthcare workers who could find themselves in an active shooter situation before law enforcement arrives and describes methods to limit the damage and save lives both before and during these traumatic incidents. During this session, you’ll learn what an active shooter is, how to prepare for one, how to respond to one, and how to recognize warning signs of potential violence.
Why “Active Shooter for Healthcare Environments” Matters:
An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area. In most cases active shooters use firearms, and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Healthcare environments have unique challenges in ensuring patient, employee and visitor safety, along with some unique opportunities to protect them.
There is no set profile of an active shooter. They come from all walks of society. Their motivations for committing such acts range from revenge for a perceived injustice, to full-blown acts of terror, to achieving a social or political goal.
Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Because active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.
The best way to prepare your healthcare workers for an active shooter situation is by creating an emergency action plan (EAP) and by conducting interactive training exercises. Together, the EAP and training exercises will prepare workers to effectively respond and minimize loss of life.
- Recognize signs that active or former employees may be planning a shooting event.
- What to do in an active shooter situation.
- Learn how to limit damage and save lives during an active shooter event.