Archive for March 2015

How We Help You Get a “Yes” to New Security Gear

When Guardian 8 first formed back in 2008, we were motivated by a single goal: to create a solution to the problem that made being a security guard one of the most hazardous jobs there are. We knew it would revolutionize professional security when we created a new category called Enhanced Non-Lethal. We assembled a…

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Why Unarmed ER Security is a Recipe for Disaster

Hospital security staff have long been in the difficult position of trying to keep an emergency department approachable as a valued service to the community, and yet protect staff and patients from those who are capable of extreme violence. This conundrum was at the core of a recent blog post appearing on the Joint Commission…

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Oh Canada! It’s Time to Improve Hospital Security

Violent attacks on hospital staff are not limited to the United States. Recently, Canada has experienced high profile assaults that have left defenseless workers injured. The Vancouver Sun reports a nurse at Abbotsford Regional Hospital in British Columbia was the victim of a “vicious attack” by a patient in the emergency room. The B.C. Nurses’ Union is…

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Peer Review: 5 Steps To Engineer Your Best Security Solution

Rapid advancements in security systems integration, security technologies and officers’ response tools have enabled hospitals to develop security and risk mitigation apparatus that are far more proactive, more preventative and more strategic than ever before. A case in point: the application, integration and flow of data intelligence enables hospital security to make decisions at a…

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Hospital Security is in Critical Condition; Changes Needed STAT!

Security is a major concern for the hospital industry. With violent incidents on the rise, hospitals are looking for new ways to protect patients and staff from potential threats. St. John’s Hospital in Maplewood, Minn. is still reeling from an attack last fall that left four staff members injured. Video of the attack shows the panic that occurred when…

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Officer Safety Compromised Without Defensive Tools

The commonly held belief that officers are safer when carrying fewer tools is a fallacy. According to the National Institute of Justice’s study, Less Lethal Weapon Effectiveness, Use of Force, and Suspect & Officer Injuries, confrontations in which officers used less force than the suspects they were apprehending tended to last longer and lead to…

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Hospital-Based Security

This is in response to Tom Smith’s post, Hospital-Based Police, which was a response to The Downside of Hospital-Based Police published in Hospital Dive. Every healthcare facility faces the question of “how do we best protect our people, patients, guests and institution?” But very few have the option – because of proximity, funding, or type of facility –…

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