Hospital workers learn how to survive a shooting

With studies showing 91 shootings occurred inside U.S. hospitals and 63 outside on hospital grounds between 2000 and 2011, hospitals are training their staff on how to handle a shooter in the workplace, according to the Los Angeles Times. "The talk now is everyone should know and understand how to handle this kind of an event, because these shootings tend to be over before law enforcement can get there," Cheri Hummel, the California Hospital Association's (CHA)  vice president of disaster preparedness, told the LA Times. The CHA had a hospital emergency preparedness expert create a class for hospital workers, with participants including nurses, hospital chief executives and receptionists. The hospital worker training sessions, which last about eight hours, address the complicated issue of protecting themselves and patients--for example, how to allow a surgeon to care for a patient on the operating table amid a hospital shooting. Article

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