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Active Shooter Information

In a two-hour episode titled “Sanctuary; Death and All His Friends,” Grey’s Anatomy (ABC, 8 p.m.) will deal with an active shooter situation in the hospital as the theme of its season six finale.  With the recent hospital shooting incident which occurred in Knoxville, Tennessee on April 19, 2009 and the previous incidents that have occurred in and around Kentucky, this show is likely to spawn questions and inquiries within the healthcare community about preparedness for a similar situation.

  • Hospital Active Shooter Guidance:   Several years ago after the Virginia Tech shooting Dr. Motzer, Chair of the Kentucky Hospital Association’s Emergency Preparedness Committee, created some general guidance for hospitals to consider if reviewing or developing their own internal policies and procedures.  That guidance document is available here.
  • US DHS Guidance:   The US Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs has developed a new resource package called “Active Shooter How to Respond”.  A pocket printable version is available here, and more information is downloadable from the Web at: http://www.dhs.gov/files/programs/gc_1259859901230.shtm#3 (Look under the Retail Sector heading.)
  • Employee Handout:   An “Active Shooter: How to Respond” information brochure is also provided that was assembled based on US DHS information and other current sources.  It is in PDF format, and creates a double-sided color flyer on standard paper, it is available here.  This might make a good one-page employee handout for those with questions coming out of the show.
  • Training Video: The Center for Personal Protection and Safety has a good training video entitled “Shots Fired: When Lightning Strikes” and in less than 20-minutes uses a typical office scenario to present clear guidance for surviving an active shooter situation. To learn more about the video and training materials, go to : http://www.crmlearning.com/shots-fired-when-lightning-strikes. More on CPPS: http://www.cppssite.com/2,aboutcpps.

This information is not intended to be alarmist, but sometimes TV reflects real-life and can be a catalyst for change.  We would like to make sure that as a preparedness community our readers have some tools and materials available to handle questions that could surface as the result of this program from leadership or members of a healthcare facility’s staff.

Our thanks to Richard Bartlett with the Kentucky Hospital Association for sharing this information with us.

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