Security Design Guidelines for Healthcare Facilities
This webinar is sponsored by the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) and provides 1 HSW|LU credit.
Aggressive, disruptive, and violent criminal behavior is on the rise across every facet of health care in the U.S., from hospitals large and small, to residential long-term care facilities, to stand-alone ambulatory surgery centers and orthopedic care sites, to home health and hospice. Additional security staff including armed officers and police are often called upon to stem this tide of violence against healthcare workers. But, as you will learn in this presentation, SECURITY BEGINS IN DESIGN. The International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) released the 3rd edition of its Security Design Guidelines for Healthcare Facilities in 2020. These new guidelines provide an update on aspects of the 2nd edition, and provide new guidance for emerging areas within the healthcare environment, including:
• Stand-alone emergency departments
• Urgent care and surgical care facilities
• Residential long-term care facilities
• Emergency department based behavioral health facilities.
Join us for a high-level overview of the changes in this new document.
After participating in this webinar attendees will:
- Describe important security design elements to include in every project and their impact on the users experience and safety.
- Understand important security design elements of parking and the external environments of healthcare facilities and the role integrated design plays.
- Discuss important security design elements of buildings and the internal environment of healthcare facilities and the role integrated design plays.
- Identify high level security design elements in ED-based behavioral health facilities, long term care facilities, and standalone emergency settings.
This session is part of the Healthcare Essentials Series by the Academy of Architecture for Health. The web-based 60-minute seminars are tailored to provide budding healthcare design professionals with conceptual and practical primer-level knowledge.
Thomas A. Smith, CHPA, CPP
Healthcare Security Consultants, Inc.
Tom Smith has worked in the healthcare field since 1981. During this time, he held a number of positions in a variety of healthcare facilities including a community hospital, inner city medical center, a large teaching university-based health care system and as a healthcare security consultant. These organizations provided a variety of experiences working with many different healthcare security models including contract security, proprietary security, and an in-house police department. He is now President and Principal Consultant at Healthcare Security Consultants, Inc.
Tom is a past President of the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS). In 2011, he chaired the first IAHSS Task Force creating Security Design Guidelines for Health Care Facilities and chaired the same Task Force updating the 3rd Edition in 2020. He has been a member of the IAHSS Guidelines Council (CoG) since its inception in 2007. He chaired the CoG in 2017 & 2018. He is also a member of the ASIS Healthcare Security Council, The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and is a frequent guest speaker on healthcare security related topics.