The Active Shooter Response Toolkit for Healthcare Workers

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The Active Shooter Response Toolkit for Healthcare Workers

Lisa Terry, CHPA, CPP

Hospitals face many challenges in regard to active shooter risk such as providing care to victims of shootings and being prepared in the event a shooting situation occurs at the hospital. In times of crisis, it is imperative that proper protocol is followed to minimize risk to workers and patients, and to end the situation as safely as possible. This is where The Active Shooter Response Toolkit for Healthcare Workers steps in to help. This electronic toolkit contains best practices, on-the-job advice, and tools that allow you to easily train your hospital staff—delivered to you in a fast and convenient electronic format.

This electronic toolkit will:

  • Help you prepare your staff for an active shooter situation
  • Provide an overview of the potential threat of active shooters in hospitals
  • Give you and your staff lots of tips about how to prepare a hospital facility to protect against an active shooter threat
  • Teach your staff how to recognize a potential shooter
  • Explain what to expect from first responders and how to help and preserve life during an active shooter incident
  • Outline a plan to quickly recover to help keep the facility open and operational


About the Author:

Lisa Terry, CHPA, CPP, is Senior Healthcare Advisor for ODS Security Solutions, Richmond, Virginia. Formerly, she served as Director of Hospital Police and Transportation at UNC Hospitals in North Carolina, Chief of Campus Police and Public Safety with WakeMed Health and Hospitals in Raleigh, N.C., and Chief of Police and Public Safety with Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. She also is a former president of the International Association of Healthcare Safety and Security (IAHSS).


Pubished: December 2016

Page count: 72
Dimensions: 8.5x11
e-ISBN: 978-1-68308-192-0

Table of Contents

  • Alarming Trends in Violence and Active Shooters
  • Why Hospitals are Targets
  • Problems Leading to Armed Violence in Healthcare
  • Know the Signs of a Pending Violent Event
  • Profile of an Active Shooter—There is None
  • Action Point
  • See Something/Say Something
  • Mitigating Risks
  • Prepare Staff for a Violent Attack
  • Evaluating Environmental Factors
  • Know the Signs: Situational Awareness and More
  • Planning the Drills, Exercises, and Continuous Training
  • Manage the Aftermath of an Active Shooter
  • Cooperation with Law Enforcement and Security
  • Accounting for Staff, Patients, and Others
  • Managing Critical Operational Gaps and Staffing Needs
  • Counseling and Support for Second-Victim Trauma
  • Psychological First Aid
  • Recalling Specifics
  • Lessons Learned
  • Tools: Worksheets, PowerPoint, and Checklists