Most active shooter incidents happen without warning and are over in 10 to 15 minutes or before help, such as law enforcement, typically gets to the scene. While healthcare professionals are uniquely qualified to provide the emergency medical response for injuries, active shooter situational awareness and response can help save lives by avoiding injuries altogether. With AVERT, healthcare professionals learn the essential lifesaving tactics that can help save themselves and others during moments of immense trauma.
As a healthcare worker, you face unique challenges when an unthinkable scenario of active violence occurs in your facility. As more active shooter incidences occur, everyone working in the facility, hospital, or office needs effective response training. This training teaches: How to be aware of your surroundings and to look for warning signs, Reactionary techniques and how to decide whether to escape, evade or attack. Proper use of bleeding control kits regardless of prior first aid training.
No one wants to think about impending danger, but it is essential to know that active violence can happen anywhere to anyone, so it’s important to be prepared. When you enter a building, mark the exits, and have a quick exit plan in your mind. Also, be aware of the people around you and note any unusual behavior. Your response to an active shooting incident will determine whether you can safely escape the site and the action you should take to protect yourself and others. It is always important to try to escape, but if that’s not possible, the second option is to hide. You will also learn the mistakes to avoid, such as carrying your belongings when fleeing, which endangers lives.
Actions taken during an active shooting incident can significantly determine the number of lives lost. The most critical step is to stop the bleeding of those injured, before the victim bleeds to death. As healthcare professionals will know, every minute counts when dealing with bleeding. A single individual’s action can go a long way in preventing death through blood loss. If you take the training, you will learn how to take charge of an active shooting scenario and gain the confidence you need to react quickly.
As the number of active shooting incidents rises, it is essential to be prepared. We offer active shooting response emergency training to individuals and institutions where your team acquires live scenario preparedness tactics they can use anywhere. Call us today to schedule training.