This section of our website is provided to help you match common security concerns with solutions in buildings associated with the healthcare industry. Security concerns are generally categorized in terms of protecting people and property while maintaining compliance with regulatory requirements such as fire & life safety, Joint Commission, HIPAA, etc. The examples shown are a small subset of the overall solution set, but they are representative of the products and services used to enhance security in healthcare facilities of all kinds.
Electronic Access Control
Is staff alerted by unauthorized ingress or egress to restricted areas or private living quarters?
Has biometric (finger print or facial recognition) been considered to avoid unauthorized loaning of access cards or keys?
Does staff carry ID Badges/Access Control Credentials with audit trail?
Are other entrances equipped with access control products where key cards or other similar items are used to access the building?
Has a video surveillance system audit been done in the past year?
If video surveillance is in place, is it being monitored throughout the day?
Doors & Door Hardware
Does your facility have a preventative maintenance program to assure all locks are operating & securing doors properly?
Do the automatic doors that are accessed by disabled & elderly detect their presence in the opening & delay closing until clear?
Have the manual closing doors with hydraulic door closers been tested to assure they meet ADA low resistance opening effort standards?
Are walls and doors protected from damage and scarring from moving objects such as wheelchairs?
Is hardware treated with an anti-microbial finish to fight infectious disease?
Are all medications secured and accounted for throughout the day?
How are medications delivered to patients within the facility?
How is medication secured within a patient room?
How are medications monitored when refrigeration is required?
Behavioral Healthcare Hardware
Are specialty locksets installed to prevent the lock from being used as an anchor?
Are cabinets secure where the handle cannot be used as an anchor?
Are in-swinging doors equipped with hinge covers or specialty hinges to prevent being used as an anchor?
Are doors equipped with an alarm to prevent non-approved egress?
Did you know hardware can be treated with Anti-Microbial products to help fight bacteria, viruses, fungi, and mold?
For a Government VA Healthcare facility, are locks FIPS 201 approved?
For a Government VA Healthcare facility, are access points at an entrance equipped with a FIPS 201 Compliant PIV II card reader?
Fire & Life Safety
In case of power loss, are doors equipped with an illumination option to view exits with smoke in the building?
Are the doors equipped with panic hardware or fire exit hardware?
Hallways & Bathrooms Hardware
Do the hallways have a protective and rugged coverings to prevent damage from wheelchairs and other moving objects?
Do the hallways have protective and supportive items to help tenants with support?
Do private living quarters and community bathrooms offer easy access to personal items, such as toilet paper, while maintaining a GREEN Solution?
Are spare keys stored in a locked cabinet with record & receipt of issued keys?
Is key management software used?
Do electronic keys & cylinders need to not only be secured, but also provide audit trail?
Are patented key systems needed for a higher security system?
Is a visitor viewed through an Audio Entry system, and is there communication with the front desk?
Are the doors equipped with alarms to alert of unauthorized access?
Are the locks on the doors functioning?
Are doors equipped with electric latch retraction to allow for immediate lock-down?
Do patient rooms have a safe or lockable cabinet for patient valuables storage?
Did you know hardware can be treated with Anti-Microbial products to help fight infectious organisms?
Patient Records / HIPAA
Are personal records secure at all times during the day?
Does management know who has access to the personal records?
Does management know how many keys and/or passwords are available for existing systems?
Are doors equipped with handicap accessible equipment?
Are doors able to be opened and closed easily while complying with ADA regulations?
Does the facility have any areas that may not be in full compliance with ADA regulations?
Hospital Hotels (Hop-Tel or HopTel) are often located within the hospital and provide families of patients who are having surgery or located in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) a place to sleep in warm and comfortable surroundings.
Do locks on hotel style rooms for frequently used rooms for long stays have audit trail in case an incident occurs?
Do Hoptel Rooms offer a secured location for valuables inside the room?
Do Hoptel Room doors secure when the person exits the room?
When a patient who is physically, mentally, emotionally, chemically and/or cognitively impaired who wanders away (either walks, runs, escapes, etc.) by exiting the facility unsupervised, unnoticed and/or prior to scheduled discharge. Products within this page provide solutions to the facility to help monitor exit doors and keep the patients safe.
Are exit doors equipped with alarmed devices to alert staff upon unwanted egress?
Are door prop alarms on exit doors to assure exit doors remain closed?