The Hartford Consensus: Survey of the Public and Healthcare Professionals on Active Shooter Events in Hospitals
The survey of the health professionals was programmed, hosted, and administered online by SSRS
From news reports, it is readily apparent that active shooter events in the US have been occurring more frequently. A study by Texas State University and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) examined active shooter events in the US for the years 2000 through 2013.1 In the years from 2000 through 2006, there was an average of 6.4 active shooter events per year. For the years 2007 through 2013, the average was 16.4 events per year. The FBI defines an active shooter event as one where one or more persons actively engage in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area.2 All public places appear to be vulnerable. This includes hospitals. Of the 160 active shooter events meeting the FBI’s definition, for the years 2000 to 2013, four, or 2.5% of the total, occurred in healthcare facilities. A study of shooting events on hospital properties for the years 2000 to 2011, including those not meeting the definition of the FBI for an active shooter event, found 154 incidents where at least 1 person was injured.3 An examination of the steady increase in hospital-based shootings reveals that the attacks have become more complex, involve more weapons, and target more individuals.4
Addtional Press Surrounding The Research
Most people expect physicians and nurses to protect them from harm in the hospital
Hospitals are not off limits to tragic shooting events, and with these incidents on the rise in public places, more than half of the general public expects that physicians and nurses will protect them from harm if an active shooter event erupts while they’re in the hospital.