Violence in health care settings is on the rise and while the overall number
of incidents in hospitals is still fairly small, Centinela Hospital took
a pro-active stance and held its first active shooter drill on Friday,
October 16th. The hospital assembled a team of experts for this event that included
members of the Inglewood Police Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department
and McCormick Ambulance for a half day of training. Over 150 front line
hospital staff members received classroom training, plus the opportunity
to actively participate in emergency scenarios in an ER setting and office
environment. Participants portrayed patients, physicians, nurses and administrative
staff during the exercise held in a vacant space of the hospital.
"The goal of the active shooter drill was to provide participants
hospital-specific resources on preparing for an active shooter,"
says Mohammad Abdelnaser, Chief Nursing Officer at Centinela Hospital
Medical Center. As part of the scenario, an Inglewood SWAT team entered
the area in search of the
They were able to use the real life setting to hone their skills that they
have trained for in the event of an actual event. Los Angeles County Firefighters
from Inglewood and EMT's from McCormick Ambulance were on hand to
observe the event.
Says Linda Bradley, CEO of Centinela Hospital, "This event was our
first step in training the staff of the hospital to meet an active shooter
in the hospital. We plan on making this an annual event and build upon
today's drill with even more realistic scenarios."