Active Shooter Planning and Response in a Healthcare Setting
Produced by the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council, this booklet includes: Prevention, Law Enforcement Tactics, Coordinated Response and Behavioral Health Support. Active Shooter events are becoming increasingly more common, and while there have been recommendations on how to respond since 2008, these guidelines focused on schools, government and business settings. In January of 2014, the HPH SCC released “Active Shooter Planning and Response in a Healthcare Setting.” That draft document was the first comprehensive guidance written for healthcare facilities to prevent, respond to, and recover from an active shooter event. This updated document expands upon the initial draft document to include law enforcement tactics and integrated medical and mental health response.
Active shooter events in a healthcare setting present unique challenges: a potentially large, vulnerable patient population, hazardous materials (including infectious diseases), locked units, special challenges (such as weapons interacting with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines), as well as caregivers who can respond to treat victims. There is no single method to respond to an incident, but prior planning will allow you and your staff to choose th best option duing an active shooter situation, with the goal of maximizing lives saved. The best way to save lives is to remove potential targets from the shooter’s vicinity. We address some difficult choices that will need to be made in this document.