Are You Prepared in the Event of an Active Shooter?

Are You Prepared in the Event of an Active Shooter?

Active shooter events in healthcare facilities present unique challenges as staff members are faced with the decision about what to do with patients, visitors, and themselves. Patients may be unable to evacuate themselves due to injury, age, and illness. There is not a single method or way to respond during an active shooter event, but proper training and preparation can arm staff members with the tools they need to determine the best option during an active shooter situation. Healthcare Compliance Pros can aid in answering the following questions: What should a healthcare facility do when patients, visitors, and staff are unable to evacuate? What procedure should staff follow if they encounter an active shooter? What happens when the hospital is on "lockdown", and how can staff members secure their area?

Active Shooter Module Now Available

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Imagine you work for a busy medical practice and you just finished checking a patient in for her appointment. An individual approaches your desk and demands you provide him with any narcotics you have in the facility or he will begin shooting. After explaining you do not have narcotics in the facility, the individual fires a shot into the air and yells, "Either you get the drugs now, or somebody is going to die."

  • How would you handle this situation?
  • What steps should you take in the event of an active shooter?

As active shooter incidents are becoming an increasing trend, it is more important than ever before for individuals to be prepared, and have a plan in place in the event of an actual active shooter incident. Moreover, health care settings are not exempt and in fact, appear to have higher rates of workplace violence than many other settings.

How we can help

We have created a new course to help your organization with Active Shooter preparations. This course is available in our Course Library and the 1st 10 slides can be previewed. In addition to Active Shooter training, we offer a Workplace Violence course and a Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace course.

If your subscription includes access to the course library, this course will be available to you starting today. Simply request the course and we'll activate it for you. If you have not purchased the course library and would like more information about adding courses to your compliance program, please reach out to your compliance contact directly or feel free to send us an email at, or reach us by phone at 855-427-0427.