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Akron provides violent-attack training for hospital workers
Healthcare providers face special challenges

Tim Rudell
Emergency room simulator at the Austen Bioinnovation Institute in downtown Akron
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“Active shooter” — those terrifying words in 911 calls after horrific violence jolts the imagination. But, training in how to respond to lethal threats in public places is now emerging for everyone from school children to first responders, including in Akron Tuesday for hospital and health care workers.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.

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The doctor knows immediately that the injuries of the child he is examining are from abuse and looks up. The parent knows he knows and pulls a gun.

Based on reality
The scenario, based on a real case, plays out in a simulated examination room at the Austen BioInnovation Institute.  The Institute has special facilities where doctors and technicians learn about and test medical technology. And, for this program the state-of-the-art training rooms are being used to host a workplace violence prevention & management seminar for healthcare providers. 

Institute vice president, Dr. Michael Holder, Jr. stepped off to the side during one of the sessions to talk about it.  “This is one of the first breakout sessions…where we’re talking about severe violence, like shooting…and the steps not only to manage it, but also prevention.”

Drawing on experience
Speakers and breakout session hosts included an expert on international terrorism,  an FBI special agent, a local swat team leader and hospital security specialists.  

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