Active shooter events at a healthcare facility present unique challenges; healthcare professionals may be faced with a decision about what to do with patients; visitors will be present; and patients or staff may not be able to evacuate due to age, injury illness, or a medical procedure in progress. There is no single method to respond to an active shooter event, but prior planning and ALICE training will allow healthcare professionals to choose the best option during an active shooter situation, with the goal of maximizing lives saved.
ALICE can help answer the following questions: What does a healthcare facility do when so many people CAN’T evacuate? There is no way to “Lockdown” every room, how can a hospital “lockdown” or secure in place? Hospitals are limited on staff until help arrives, how would a limited staff counter?