Posted by Charles Willis on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Under: Guest Security Articles
Security guards at hospitals are essential for many different reasons. Access control, security of controlled substances, the security of newborns and ill patients and the protection of the property are just some concerns hospitals normally deal with. It is highly important to hire a security company that understands the various challenges and security requirements. A security consultant with experience should meet with management and discuss past challenges, expected risk factors and security of sensitive spots like especially vulnerable patients, location of controlled substances and expensive equipment.
After the meeting with hospital management, the director of security and the general hospital staff and a full walk through of the property a written and detailed security plan should be composed. The security plan should be shared and discussed with all involved parties and once approved should be passed on to field supervisors of the company. Field supervisors and the consultant should choose the security guards being deployed carefully. Costumer service skills, vigilance, professionalism and sometimes being bi-lingual will be required. Once the plan and the staff are in place the consultant will write detailed post orders according to client's expectations and the plan. After approval of the post orders by the client, security guards and supervisors should be trained according to the post orders.
General access control will require recording and identifying each visitor to the hospital. That will ensure that only authorized personnel and identifiable visitors enter the building. Most hospital buildings are vast and personnel are busy and scattered. Access must be controlled diligently at the point of entry otherwise it will be impossible to guarantee security. Many hospitals are targets of robbery and burglary, because they store controlled substances that are interesting to drug addicts and drug dealers. Security officers should be aware of the location of controlled substances and should pay special attention to the location where they are stored.
California legislation requires a special security protocol for hospitals that house newborn babies. It is extremely important that security guards are familiar and trained by the protocol and those supervisors frequently and consistently ensure adherence to the regulations. Sick and elderly patients at hospitals often become the victim of violence and robbery at hospitals. The company in charge and its security guard must be aware that they are protecting people that cannot care for themselves; therefore security personnel must display special care and vigilance.
Doctors, nurses and administrative staff at hospitals are constantly busy and are frequently dealing with stressful situations and emergencies. Most hospitals are extremely big and the security situation will be challenging. Therefore the hospital will need a security company that is professional and vigilant. It should provide the necessary peace of mind to the hospital staff that they require focusing on their job.
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