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On June 4th The International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety (IAHSS) released a revised version of their Security Design Guidelines for Healthcare Facilities. The purpose of these building design process guidelines is to assist security practitioners, design professionals, building owner representatives, and planning leaders in making informed decisions related to the application of proven and effective security principles to new healthcare related construction and renovation projects.

IAHSS developed these building design process guidelines using the expertise of a multidisciplinary team to update and develop new guidance for emerging areas within the healthcare environment. These environments include; stand-alone emergency departments, urgent care and surgical care facilities, residential long term care facilities, and emergency department – based behavioral health facilities.

Safety and security in mind when designing or renovating. By reasonably addressing security vulnerabilities and risks upfront and early on during the building design process, healthcare organizations can cost-effectively address safety and security of new or renovated space and improve employee and patient satisfaction.

Unfortunately, we have too many lessons from the past of what has happened when security has failed. Incidents of violent behavior and pharmaceutical theft demonstrate the need for healthcare organizations to think about security in facility design and planning, – Manuel Hernandez, M.D., FACEP, CPE, emergency department physician and health practice leader

Security personnel should be included early in the building design process to assess the physical and spacial needs related to surveillance, access control, communication, intrusion detection requirements, and operations/monitoring processes. From security cameras to panic buttons, safety technology and software is an inseparable part of each of these safety components, and must be considered during the building design process. When contemplating physical and software based safety systems, security personnel should consider technology that ….

  • Allows all safety products to interact seamlessly with each other. 
  • Has the capacity to expand and be upgraded over the operational span of the facility
  • Is cost effective 
  • Does not require extensive hardware or maintenance

If you are a healthcare organization planning your next renovation or are in the building design process, 911Cellular wants to help. Our safety solutions interact seamlessly with each other as well as with existing safety technology such as security cameras and blue light towers. No additional hardware installation is required to launch 911Cellular solutions, making our wearable and computer panic buttons cost effective and easy to set-up. The entire 911Cellular system is easily upgraded and expandable making it simple to customize based on the safety needs of individual healthcare facilities. For more information, please visit our website.