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  • Help for Healthcare Facilities Struggling to Turn Profits

    Healthcare facilities are struggling to turn profits, say researchers — especially nonprofit hospitals, which are on an “unsustainable path” with expenses outpacing revenue, says a report by Moody’s. Morgan Stanley, the investment bank and financial services company, has also been looking at hospitals, analyzing data on more than 6,000 facilities: Nearly 10% are at risk for [...]

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    School Policing Association Announces Standards for Armed Officers in Schools

      In a meeting with the Federal Commission on School Safety, Mo Canady, executive director of the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), recently unveiled recommended standards for school resource officer programs. (Think armed officers trained specifically for the school environment.) NASRO defines a school resource officer (SRO) as a "sworn, certified law [...]

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    5 Patient Safety Problems & Solutions

    “I’ve been bitten, kicked, punched, pushed, pinched, shoved, scratched, and spat upon,” said Lisa Tenney, RN and patient safety coordinator, to The Joint Commission earlier this year. “I have been bullied and called very ugly names. I’ve had my life, the life of my unborn child and other family members threatened, requiring security escort to my car.” Tenney’s account reflects[...]

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    Study: Millennials Highly Anxious, Reliant on Mobile Devices for Physical Safety

    For all the confidence millennials display, most are anxious about their physical safety, even opting out of activities for fear of perceived risks, reports ADT in a survey it commissioned in late 2017. Three out of four surveyed millennials say they’ve avoided experiences due to safety concerns in the past year: 34% have avoided crowded spaces like malls, concerts, or sporting [...]

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    From Emergency Response to Revenue Generation: Digital Signage Versatility

    Organizations looking to incorporate digital signage into their emergency management tactics are often pleased to learn digital signage can also reduce costs and support revenue generation. The opposite is also true: companies looking to boost sales and marketing outcomes with digital signage are pleased to learn they can use emergency management budgets to fund it, since digital signage [...]

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    2018 Safety, Fire Code Changes Affecting Colleges and Universities

    Photo by kyo azuma on Unsplash Looking to build on your college or university campus? Fire and safety codes are changing, as they often do, to keep up with evolving threats. For colleges and universities, that means you’re now required to conduct risk analyses for certain new buildings. We’re talking about 2018 changes to the International Building and Fire codes, and NFPA 1 and 101 Life[...]

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    4 Critical Layers of Mass Notification

    We often discuss mass notification as a crucial ingredient for successful emergency response, as well as daily operations. We’re talking about the ability to reach anyone, anywhere, no matter what distractions or barriers stand in their way of receiving and understanding your alerts — instantly. In a crisis, you don’t want any member of your audiences to fall through the cracks when [...]

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    5 Problems & Solutions: School Security & Daily Operations

    With student safety on everyone’s mind, chances are your school, district or university is now dusting off and upgrading emergency response tools and processes on your campus(es). As new funding becomes available to plug gaps and blind spots, it’s worth noting the same school security technology that helps you minimize loss in a crisis can also improve daily operations, productivity, staff[...]

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    Integrated Security Essentials: a Checklist

    One of the worst mistakes you can make with your security solutions is failing to update them as risks to your organization and the people you serve evolve. Thankfully, technology keeps evolving alongside risks, meaning you can now increase your capabilities without spending a ton. New tech capabilities also mean you can automate and integrate with your current technology, extending the life [...]

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    Mass Notification Systems for Schools and Universities: Best Practices & Key Considerations

    Photo by kyo azuma on Unsplash How do schools that excel at safety and compliance put together their mass notification systems? What criteria and steps should you consider? In this post, we’ll cover insights from Jeff Morgan, Director of Security and Emergency Management at the University of Central Florida. A few days ago, Jeff joined a couple of experts in presenting the Emergency [...]

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