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Surviving an Active Shooter Event as a Healthcare Provider

“The incident rate of violence against EMS and healthcare workers is a problem that is significantly
under-reported but affects thousands of workers across the country. From verbal and physical assaults on staff to hospital shootings, acts of violence are occurring at an alarming rate around the globe.”—Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council, Active Shooter Planning and Response

According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), approximately 75% of workplace assaults reported annually occur in healthcare and social service settings. In addition, deadly shootings have increased in frequency over the last two decades. From 2000 to 2018, the FBI reported 277 active shooter events, nearly 70% of which occurred in the last 9 years of the study.

For healthcare professionals, planning and preparing for active shooter events can take away much of the uncertainty and fear when such events do occur. For example, understanding how to mitigate escalating situations, carrying a tourniquet on your person, or regularly refreshing your BLS and ACLS skills can make a life-saving difference for yourself, your fellow providers, and your patients.

Learn more about how to prepare for an active shooter event as a healthcare provider in the video below:


FBI. Quick look: 277 active shooter incidents in the United States from 2000 to 2018.

Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council. Active shooter planning and response. January 2017.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Guidelines for preventing workplace violence for healthcare and social service workers (OSHA, 3148-04R). Washington, DC: OSHA, 2015.