IAHSS Updates Industry Guideline for Use of Duress and Panic Alarms

The duress and panic alarms and response system should be based on a security risk assessment, in collaboration with the end user.

CHICAGO — The International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety (IAHSS) has released a new industry guideline titled “Duress and Panic Alarms and Response” under the category of “Systems.”

The updated recommendations were developed by the IAHSS Council on Guidelines.

“Modern technology, such as the use a panic and duress alarm systems, can enhance site safety on any size campus. The new Duress and Panic Alarm Guideline can assist in guiding security programs in the appropriate use of this technology,” states Dave Brown, chair of the IAHSS Council on Guidelines.

The guideline opens with the statement that “Duress and panic alarm systems may be used as an additional layer of protection within the healthcare environment. Implementation of duress and panic alarm systems should have a defined purpose with consideration for the location, activation, response, system maintenance and testing.”

The IAHSS Council on Guidelines is comprised of volunteer IAHSS members who are seasoned healthcare security professionals and leaders. Each year the council 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. A portion of the new guideline can be previewed by the public for a limited time at iahss.org/guidelines.

The IAHSS is billed as the only organization solely dedicated to professionals involved in managing and directing security and safety programs in healthcare facilities. The professional association has more than 2,000 members who are healthcare security, law enforcement, safety and emergency management leaders.

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