With this latest incident in a Minnesota Hospital, where a mentally deranged patient after dismantling a bed frame , took a metal rod and attacked several nurses, injuring four, with one nurse suffering a collapsed lung, it makes people realize that Hospitals are not as safe as once thought.
Hospitals have always been an obvious place for violent incidents to occur. The main reason being that patients and visitors EMOTIONAL STATES are not balanced. Whether it is a patient under the influence of heavy narcotics or a visitor dealing with the recent loss of a loved one,tempers can flare and things can get heated very quickly.
A recent report from May of this year show Healthcare facilities, in particular Hospitals have shown a steady uptick in violent incidents. Unfortunately, nurses, by default of their position, are the number one target for these violent episodes, as the above video shows.
So what are some practical precautions foe the CO when in a Hospital?
- If you are a patient, always try to have somebody you trust stay with you. You will most likely not be 100% while you are there, and if something kicks off, you are going to need help. Also, even though it may be against hospital regs, have your trusted friend or family member place your carry handgun in a lockable pack where you can get to it if needed. Remember, STAY ARMED, regardless.
- If visiting, try to get a general layout of the floor plan. Some of the larger hospitals turn into mazes after a couple of twist and turns. Take note of where you parked, what door you came in, and most importantly, where the nearest elevator and stairs are. Look for the Fire Escape Plan posted in the rooms and hallways to help you.
- In the event of an active shooter, your best option generally, is to arm yourself and barricade. Of course, if you are near an exit when it happens, get the hell out of there.
Most hospitals, maintain some type of security, mostly at the main entrance and Emergency room. I know our local hospital uses off-duty armed Sheriff deputies for security, which makes much more sense than some fat “rent-a-cop” with a flashlight. But as with all things related to the CO’s well-being, we cannot depend on someone else to keep us safe…it is up to the CO to stay aware and ready to go if need be.
Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!