Having a security system in healthcare institutions is of critical importance, considering they are places with high-valued equipment, accessibility to drugs, and many entrances. A hospital needs common precautions against fire, attacks, and vandalism as any other large facility. At the same time, heightened security requires special electronic protection solutions such as control against abduction of infants from maternity wards or threats against patients or staff, and crimes of opportunity. Hospitals are extremely complex buildings that need the strongest security solution.
Designing an integrated security system is the most appropriated way to meet the facility’s needs and protect hospitals against potential threats. In an integrated system, several available products and solutions (alarms, hospital access control, and CCTV security systems) are used to create a customized security strategy.
Digital Security has a highly skilled team, experienced with evaluating a Hospital’s infrastructure and identifying threats and vulnerabilities. We focus on its specific weaknesses and offer the necessary hospital security solution to protect the institution’s people, property, and reputation.
St. John's Regional Medical Center
Oxnard - CA
Having a fire alarm is also important, if not required, in institutional environments. In the event of a fire, these facilities are highly populated and often difficult to evacuate. It is the institution’s responsibility to ensure that clients are protected. Thus security solutions may prevent lawsuits and protect the organization’s reputation.
Perhaps the most significant and effective security product in a hospital is the CCTV security system. Many security-related incidents are resolved from the use of a closed circuit television. To combat the risk of patient disappearance, a CCTV can be installed in the entrance of a patient ward.
Security staff can then view people entering and leaving the area. It can also be used in lobbies, operating rooms, labs and pharmacies, among others. Cameras can even be programmed to count the number of people moving through an area or identifying and reporting that an object has been removed or left behind.
Restricting access in some specific areas of a healthcare institution is also a high priority for hospital security. A busy hospital is full of doctors, nursing and service staff, patients, relatives, friends and other visitors. Any of which may have a reason to access specific areas. The Hospital administration needs to assure that this access is restricted.
The best security solution to efficiently restrict access is to develop a Hospital security access control strategy. Only authorized people can then access controlled areas (pharmacy/drug storage, ICUs, surgical areas, e.g.). If unauthorized personnel attempts entry to a restricted area, an alarm may be activated so that the security staff can control the situation.