EMERGENCY NURSES MORE PREPARED IN HANDLING ACTIVE SHOOTING INCIDENTS AFTER AN IMPROVEMENT SIMULATION
Consciously, no one wants to be in an active shooting incident, even nurses. The situation can happen in any public spaces, “could be in hospitals,” without signs and warnings. That’s why medical professionals must be prepared.
According to a new practice improvement initiative and study in the Journal of Emergency Nursing, to prepare emergency department staff to effectively handle these types of incidents, active shooter training and simulations are a must.
The goal driving the initiative is to develop and effectively implement a safety strategy, increasing the ability of a large pediatric emergency department staff to successfully respond to an active shooter in their hospital.
Survey results have shown that out of 202 emergency nurses and ancillary staff members who participated in active shooter training:
- 92% felt better prepared to respond if a shooting occurred at their facility.
- 70% of participants reported an increase in knowledge and readiness.
Participants reported their initial response to an active shooter incident would be:
- Flee the scene (66%)
- Protect patients (15%)
- Hide (7%)
- Fight (6%)
- Call 911 (4%)
"We are in the infancy stage of this conversation," says study co-author and Emergency Nurses Association member Mary Baker, BSN, RN, of active shooter training in hospitals. "As emergency nurses, we practice our ACLS and PALS a lot. We've gotten very proficient at it because it's always top of mind. But when it comes to preparing for a catastrophe such as an active shooter in our own emergency department, most nurses have no idea how we'd react because we aren't preparing for it."
Erudite Nursing Institute™ is glad that majority of emergency and ancillary staff members showcased their innate ability to actively response to unexpectedly dangerous like shooting incidents. This sets for a wider call for healthcare organizations to initiate an improvement trainings simulations in their facilities across the country.
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