July 2012 - Report Exec

Many hospitals fail to properly report incidents

26 Jul 12

A new study by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General revealed that many hospitals throughout the country do not properly document adverse events. While all 189 of the hospitals surveyed had incident reporting systems in place, only 14 percent of hospital staff would regularly summarize events experienced by Medicare beneficiaries. The majority of hospital administrators said staff often didn’t report situations because the issues were recognized as expected side effects rather than patient harm, the […]

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Detroit stadium bomb threat raises security questions

25 Jul 12

When a bomb threat was recently called in at a Detroit Tigers’ game, local law enforcement and federal agents didn’t alert event goers and hadn’t planned to unless a real threat was discovered. The situation raised questions related toincident reporting system and security management and whether people should be informed of a potential, unconfirmed threat, according to a report by the Associated Press. “You can’t just pull a fire alarm and yell run,” Layne Consultants International’s Steve Layne said, according to […]

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School security administrators need to be prepared for the unthinkable

23 Jul 12

A seminar was recently held at William Carey University in Mississippi in accordance with a Department of Homeland Security project contracted by the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training. The conference discussed different university security management tools and procedures that can be used to minimize the damage inflicted on a college when an armed gunman is loose on campus, according to a report by local TV station WDAM. “This [event covers] campus security in general,” WCU professor Walter Cooper said, according […]

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Penn State violations bring about new college security concerns

20 Jul 12

The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to use incident reporting software to publicly announce crimes and emergency situations on or near campus to the federal government. Yet former FBI director Louis Freeh’s investigation into Jerry Sandusky’s scandal revealed that former Pennsylvania State University president Graham Spanier and other top administrators significantly lacked knowledge of the Clery Act, according to a report by the Associated Press. “I am saddened that these events occurred in Pennsylvania, where [my husband] Howard and I started […]

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Hotel security systems are evolving

16 Jul 12

The recent HITEC tradeshow – the world’s largest hospitality technology show – displayed innovative hotel security managementsolutions from a variety of manufactures, suggesting the entire industry is rapidly becoming more tech-savvy when it comes to guest protection, according to a SecurityInfoWatch report. “We’re seeing a technological revolution in hotels,” VingCard Elsafe global president Tim Shea said, according to SecurityInfoWatch. “In a short period of time, [radio-frequency identification] has become prevalent in four or five star hotels but now it’s beginning to […]

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Effective surveillance needs the right support

13 Jul 12

Installing a video surveillance system can be an effective way for businesses of all sizes to deter crime and enhance physical defenses. Using the wrong components, however, can cause surveillance solutions to be ineffective, according to a report by Electronic Design. Today’s video surveillance tools are much more capable than products offered in the past. Traditionally, companies would use closed-circuit television products that consisted of a camera and a monitor, requiring security guards to observe and report any situations seen […]

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