According to the FBI, two of the 28 active shooter incidents in 2019 occurred in health care facilities. These terrifying events are unpredictable and present unique challenges in health care settings, including presence of hazardous materials, restricted access areas, large open facilities and a vulnerable patient population. Furthermore, health care leaders must ensure access to evidence-based treatments that will serve victims and survivors not only in the immediate aftermath of the event, but throughout their entire, and often lengthy, recovery process.
Due to recent tragic events, Hospitals Against Violence has gathered for health care facilities a list of resources and tools that provide guidance on how to prepare and respond to an active shooter incident.
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) TRACIE
- Incorporating Active Shooter Incident Planning into Health Care Facility Emergency Operations Plans 2014
- includes some links to resources for Healthcare Active Shooter Training
California Hospital Association
Federal Bureau of Investigation
National Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center
- Resources devoted to improving community preparedness and the nation’s capacity to serve victims recovering from mass violence.
National Academy of Medicine
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS)
This session explores the unique risks in health care facilities, emergency rooms, mental health services, and other treatment facilities and addresses preparedness through operations and design.
Medstar, Georgetown University Hospital
In this podcast, we will focus on MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s Care for the Caregiver program, a program created to provide 24-hour care to associates and physicians at the hospital that are experiencing a stressful event or outcome during patient care or due to the work environment.
Midland Health, Boston Medical Center, Baptist Health
Mercy Health (Janesville, Wis.)
King’s Daughters’ Hospital
Grady Health System
Supporting Victims and Communities of Mass Violence Incidents Webinars
Leaders from the National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center (NMVVRC) provide an overview of available resources and services.
Leaders from University Medical Center and HCA Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center highlight the NMVVRC and set the stage for why hospitals and health systems need to be aware of and plan for mass violence incidents and trauma.
Speakers explore how hospitals and health systems can better prepare for and respond to the immediate-, short- and long-term needs for victims of mass violence incidents.
Speakers expand further on the topics of recovery and resiliency.