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IAHSS Announces New Guideline- Gang Awareness and Activities

Thursday, June 21, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matt Zach
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The International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety (IAHSS) announces the release of a new industry guideline titled “Gang Awareness and Activities”. The guideline was initially developed by the IAHSS Council on Guidelines who then sought out and incorporated feedback from the IAHSS membership.

Tom Smith, Chair of the IAHSS Council on Guidelines, stated, “This guideline continues to support our efforts to provide members with tools to reduce the potential for, and mitigate incidents of, violence in healthcare facilities." Earlier this year, The Joint Commission (TJC) published Sentinel Event Alert 59: Physical and verbal violence against health care workers. The content of the IAHSS "Gang Awareness and Activities” guideline will add to and support TJC’s most recent Sentinel Event Alert and assist healthcare organizations as they develop proactive policies and practices to address violent and threatening situations involving our patients, visitors, and staff. 


The guideline opens with the statement that “Gang activity can negatively impact the safe operation of a healthcare facility (HCF).  The threat and risks posed by gangs in the community should be identified, monitored and proactive measures implemented to reduce harmful impact.” The guideline then provides specific elements for identifying and mitigating the potential impact of gang activity in healthcare facilities. 

The IAHSS Council on Guidelines is comprised of volunteer IAHSS members who are seasoned
healthcare security professionals and leaders. Each year the Council on Guidelines develops
new industry guidelines and reviews existing guidelines on a three-year cycle. All IAHSS
guidelines are available electronically to IAHSS members via the IAHSS website. Hardcopies of
the guidelines booklet are published annually and available for sale in the IAHSS online store.
The new guideline, “Violent Patient / Patient Visitor Management”, can be accessed by the public for a limited time at

The International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) is the only organization
solely dedicated to professionals involved in managing and directing security and safety programs in
healthcare facilities. IAHSS is a professional association with more than 2,000 members who are
healthcare security, law enforcement, safety and emergency management leaders. For fifty years,
IAHSS has educated and served members and the profession by offering exclusive resources and
benefits including industry and design guidelines, local and international educational and networking
opportunities, and the celebrated bi-annual Journal of Healthcare Protection Management. IAHSS
has certified tens of thousands of dedicated professionals who keep healthcare facilities, patients,
staff and visitors safe. IAHSS offers the Basic, Advanced and Supervisor certifications, a Safety
Certificate Program, and maintains the prestigious Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator
(CHPA) certification, the standard for the healthcare security leader dedicated to the profession.
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