Four died Monday afternoon after when a man opened fire at Chicago’s Mercy Hospital.
And, it’s been 19 years since the Columbine shooting. In that time, several changes have been made in how people should react to active-shooter situations.
In La Crosse, staff training occurs regularly at Mayo Health System, teaching employees how to respond to an active-shooter scenario.
“We really just advanced our training,” Mayo safety director Allison Papenfuss said. “We’ve gotten more away from paper training and more to tabletop drills, and actively talking about how to run, hide and fight and how to help our staff feel comfortable in making the decision that’s most appropriate for them.”
As far as protocol with the patients, Papenfuss said it’s less defined.
“We talk with our staff on how best they can communicate that to our patients,” she said, “but its ultimately the staff members’ decision on how they’ll respond to the event — whether or not they can run hide fight, how they can best protect themselves, their patients, since every situation is different.”
Papenfuss added that the Chicago hospital shooting proves that training is a valuable tool.