The first and foremost priority of any hospital is offering high quality patient care, all in a timely and cost-effective manner. Part of providing those high-quality services is an implied guarantee that the facility is safe and secure during any patient’s visit. Developing a comprehensive security design requires us to use a layered approach, one that will cover all the necessary bases. Let’s take a look at how hospital security has changed recently and what techniques are most useful for creating a secure hospital.
The first step in developing a quality sense of security in a hospital setting is to clearly outline which areas are where and who is allowed to access them. Letting patients know exactly where they need to be through signage or video monitors reduces the chances of someone wandering off where they shouldn’t be–ignorance is no longer an excuse for entering a secure area, as restricted access areas have clearly been labeled. It may seem simple, but using clear and direct signage can reduce your liability and risk by a lot.
Emergency Notification Systems
More and more hospitals are employing facility-wide emergency notification systems. This allows employees to be alerted quickly and effectively, essentially turning all phones, computers, tablets, and so on in the building into virtual panic buttons in the case of an emergency. They can also be used to notify staff of particular incidents and inform them of pertinent details. These systems are so great because they’re flexible; for example, they can be used to alert staff of a facility-wide problem or to let the right people know about a specific, localized issue.
Access Control Systems
Perhaps one of the largest changes in hospital security approaches has been how critical access control systems have become. Access control systems utilize a card and reader technology that can segregate areas so only authorized personnel can enter them. For hospitals, the card technology is utilized as a credential that is worn on a visible lanyard and also includes an employee’s identifying info and photo. This added visual element can make the jobs of security personnel even easier.
Get in Touch with FiberPlus
FiberPlus has been providing data communication solutions for over 25 years in the Mid Atlantic Region for a number of different markets. What began as a cable installation company for Local Area Networks has grown into a leading provider of innovative technology solutions improving the way our customers communicate and keeping them secure. Our solutions now include:
- Structured Cabling
- Electronic Security Systems (Access Control & CCTV Solutions)
- Distributed Antenna Systems
- Public Safety DAS
- Audio/Video Services (Intercoms and Display Monitors)
- Support Services
- Specialty Systems
- Design/Build Services
FiberPlus promises the communities in which we serve that we will continue to expand and evolve as new technology is introduced within the telecommunications industry.
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