The tragic shooting at UAB Highlands hospital in Alabama last month highlighted the importance of security in health care settings. At any time, nurses, technicians, doctors and other health care workers can be at risk of violence from not only aggressive patients but from disgruntled staff members. While this risk remains relatively minimal, we wanted to take a look at what hospitals are currently doing to keep their employees safe.
Last month, 31-year-old Trevis Devon Coleman, a sterile supply employee at UAB Highlands hospital, shot and killed 63-year-old nurse Nancy Swift and injured 28-year-old instrument management supervisor Tim Isley, the Daily Mail reported. The shooting took place on the 2nd floor, and allegedly Coleman opened fire after a dispute with Swift.