HSS Leaders Literally Wrote the Book on Healthcare Security

Earlier editions of Hospital and Healthcare Security have long been a staple in the library of hospital security professionals, and this sixth edition will be no exception. Practitioners who are looking for proven soluHospital and Healthcare Securitytions to old or new security problems should start with this reference. The authors continue to focus on the issues that are at the core of the healthcare market, and they have stayed abreast of the changes in the industry and the required changes in facility security programs. New developments such as the use of body cameras for security officers and trends in arming security personnel are addressed in this updated edition.

Best practices from throughout North America and the United Kingdom are highlighted in this book. The authors have done a wonderful job with the presentation of security program management and program delivery, identifying best practices and areas of concern and providing real-world examples, procedures, and policies. They have addressed staffing, operations, tools, and equipment.

The authors have even touched on the needs of healthcare facilities beyond the traditional hospital setting and in off-campus facilities. They have addressed security design philosophies and practices as well as systems and equipment and how they are best employed at a healthcare facility.

The material is well organized and written and will be an invaluable resource to hospital and healthcare security professionals, to consultants, and even to facility administrators.

Reviewer: Michael Preece, PE (Professional Engineer), PSP, CxA (Certified Commissioning Authority), is a principal with Smith Seckman Reid and runs the company’s Washington, D.C. office. Preece has been providing planning, design, start-up, consultation, and commissioning services for security systems over the last 15 years, much of it concentrated on hospitals and healthcare facilities. He is a member of the ASIS International Healthcare Security Council.

Healthcare security is what we do…and we do it very well. Ask any of our 200-plus hospital and healthcare provider customers throughout the country why they selected HSS and why they stay with HSS. They’ll talk about having a visible, professional security team that:

  • Makes their staff and patients feel safe.
  • Focuses on customer service.
  • Offers innovative solutions.
  • Delivers high value for their security investment.
  • Receives support from a firm with unmatched healthcare security credentials.

In short, they’ll tell you that they trust HSS to create and maintain a safe environment that enables their employees to focus on delivering care and their patients to focus on getting well.

The benefits of implementing HSS healthcare security services solutions include improved security coverage for your facility, stronger leadership and security department performance, access to specialized healthcare security training and knowledge, and greater compliance with Joint Commission, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, and other industry requirements. All while remaining cost competitive.

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White PaperManaging violence in healthcare is a challenge for most hospitals. Leaders continue to look for evidence-based practices that provide effective solutions to mitigate this very real risk. HSS’s TEAM and ED-Safe programs have been shown to positively impact lost work time due to violence, increase staff engagement scores, reduce staff utilization requests for outside de-escalation assistance due to violent patients, and improve staff compliance/engagement in aggression management training. Download HSS’s white paper, “Reducing the Risk of Patient-Generated Violence in Healthcare,” to learn how our multi-faceted approach at Methodist Health System created a culture of safety within their emergency departments.

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Free White Paper: How HSS Provides Hospital Administrators with Solutions to Help Address the Challenges of Violence in Healthcare


Clinical and healthcare security staff face a difficult challenge: their role of providing for the care and safety of patients has not changed; however, the rising incidence of patient-generated violence has changed the healthcare environment dramatically. Evidence shows that defensive use-of-force technology is an effective strategy that security staff can use to better support clinical care providers. Download our white paper, “How HSS Provides Hospital Administrators with Solutions to Help Address the Challenges of Violence in Healthcare,” for a deeper understanding of how appropriate use-of-force tools and technologies, particularly the TASER Conducted Energy Weapon, can help build a safer environment for staff and patients while reducing risk and costs.

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