GNYHA hosted a forum last week on developing active shooter protocols and training approaches for patient care areas in hospitals. Attended by clinical leadership, security directors, and emergency managers from hospitals and health systems across the region, the event included a review of active shooter and gun-related incidents in health care settings, and current recommendations and considerations for prevention and management.

Lenworth Jacobs, MD, Director of the Trauma Institute, and past Director of Trauma and Emergency Medicine at Hartford Hospital, detailed recent data from a survey of the public and hospital-based providers on staff responsibilities during active shooter events in hospitals. He also presented several questions to probe the thoroughness and specificity of institutional thinking on active shooter incidents in hospitals.

Dr. Jacobs, who founded the Joint Committee to Create a National Policy to Enhance Survivability from Intentional Mass Casualty and Active Shooter Events, which is sponsored by the American College of Surgeons, also discussed the Stop the Bleed campaign. Also known as the Hartford Consensus, the Joint Committee is a champion of the campaign.

GNYHA is considering future programming, resources, and events to address broader active shooter and mass casualty response planning.