Today healthcare security has to face increased instances of theft, violent behavior towards staff and other patients and general vandalism. The security challenge includes maintaining the safety of patients and staff, the protection and inspection of medicines and medical equipment as well as facilities including buildings and parking lots.
The International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) is dedicated to advancing excellence in healthcare security and safety worldwide. It stresses that the primary concern of every healthcare security department is to:
- provide for the safety and welfare of everyone in the facility and on campus
- create a sense of security so that patients and visitors find the facility to be open and inviting and choose it for their healthcare
- focus on the needs and concerns of workers so the workforce finds the institution to be an employer/workplace of choice
- balance the creation of an open and inviting impression with the safeguards and protocols that ensure a safe environment for all