Hospitals and healthcare facilities face a unique set of challenges in an active shooter incident. These incidents have no patterns in victim selection or method, creating an unpredictable and quickly evolving situation that can lead to loss of life and injury.
Numerous factors associated with hospital and healthcare environments complicate traditional response to active shooter incidents, including the “duty-to-care,” also known as “duty-to-act,” commitment and the varying levels of patient mobility and patient special needs. Additionally, staff must consider response planning for patients that require the greatest allocation of resources, as well as the unique characteristics within the hospital and healthcare environment.
This Action Guide illustrates ways to recognize warning signs for at-risk individuals and emphasizes the importance of seeking help and connecting with local law enforcement to prevent a future attack.