ED Visitor in Guelph General Hospital is Shot and Killed by Hospital Police

RiskAlert LogoCase Study # 714 – Guelph, Canada

Date:  June 1, 2015

Emergency Department Patient in Canadian
Hospital is Shot and Killed by Hospital Police.

Dateline:  May 21, 2015

In a rare hospital shooting, a Guelph General Hospital’s emergency department became a crime scene when a woman, covered with blood, ran out of the hospital screaming that her boyfriend was shooting.

Minutes later, two Guelph police officers shot and killed the man accused of shooting his girlfriend.  Witnesses at the scene said that they screaming.  A witness on the scene reported, “All I heard was gunshots, the chick’s  just like, ‘Help, my boyfriend’s shooting at me,’ and she comes running out,”

Guelph General Hospital President Marianne Walker praised the hospital staff, saying “They put the patients first, and thought of themselves second.”

Few details were released, pending investigation, but a source reported that the “boyfriend” had been at the hospital many times before, according to a source who did not want to be identified.

Homewood Health, one of Canada’s largest addiction and mental health centres, is located near the hospital.  Some of the bystanders suspected it might be a case of domestic violence. 

President Walker said the hospital was providing counseling and other services (Psychological First Aid) for the hospital staff who was very upset over the event.   “All our staff will get as much time off as they need, and as much support as they require,” she said, ““We really want to make sure that they’re OK.”

Lessons Learned

1.   Staff members who are not used to violent incidents may be shaken up by
shooter events.  New requirements for hospitals emphasize the importance of having support  available immediately after an event to counsel employees.

2.   Support for hospital staff who witness violence are prime candidates for a program  that FEMA has called “Psychological First Aid.

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Caroline Ramsey-Hamilton is a leading expert in assessing security risk in both information security and facilities security including security risk assessments, active shooter and security risk assessments for hospitals and healthcare organizations, cybersecurity, nuclear security, and also auditing, analyzing and measuring compliance with all major security standards, like DHS, FEMA 426-428, The Joint Commission, HIPAA Security & Privacy Rules, the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, and OSHA 3148 for Preventing Workplace Violence. And including both C-TPAT and CFATS. She is currently working on a universal set of easy security tools that will make it easy to assess risk in a variety of companies, agencies and business. Her company, Risk & Security LLC, works with more than 500 clients around the world using a program that standardizes site surveys and assessments and makes it easier to compare facilities and measure their level of security. She posts breaking security & risk alerts at www.twitter.com/riskalert. She's also an animal lover and tree hugger, and musician who loves dogs, horses, kitties, house rabbits, parrots, and especially beagles! I support www.brewbeagles.org and other animal rescue organizations and work toward a more peaceful and green world.

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