Terrorists attempting to enter hospitals?

  1. Wow - question of possible terrorist involvement. The article points out that given the limited numbers of security personnel available in hospitals, staff, including nurses, will often be the ones to spot suspicious activitiy. Let's all keep our eyes out - remember, you can ask for ID from anyone whose credentials you question.





    Intruders try to gain access to hospitals' off-limit areas
    In Indianapolis and elsewhere, authorities have reported cases, uncertain of motives.


    Associated Press


    VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Cases of unauthorized people trying to gain access to restricted areas of hospitals in Indiana and across the country puzzle federal authorities and security officials.

    Recently, on the same day an Indianapolis hospital reported suspicious people trying to enter its emergency department, two professionally dressed people carrying clipboards walked into the outpatient campus of Porter hospital in Valparaiso, saying they wanted to tour the facility. The two left when challenged.

    (more at link http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dl...73206978589525 )
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  3. by   protogeintraining
    Quote from Nurse Ratched
    Wow - question of possible terrorist involvement. The article points out that given the limited numbers of security personnel available in hospitals, staff, including nurses, will often be the ones to spot suspicious activitiy. Let's all keep our eyes out - remember, you can ask for ID from anyone whose credentials you question.
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    Intruders try to gain access to hospitals' off-limit areas
    In Indianapolis and elsewhere, authorities have reported cases, uncertain of motives.


    Associated Press


    VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Cases of unauthorized people trying to gain access to restricted areas of hospitals in Indiana and across the country puzzle federal authorities and security officials.

    Recently, on the same day an Indianapolis hospital reported suspicious people trying to enter its emergency department, two professionally dressed people carrying clipboards walked into the outpatient campus of Porter hospital in Valparaiso, saying they wanted to tour the facility. The two left when challenged.

    (more at link http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dl...73206978589525 )
    I heard a lady had died in the ER; her wallet was later found out in an employee's car where it had been tossed in through a sun roof.
    A lot of theft is becoming common in all kinds of public places, especially where people are vulnerable.
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  4. by   jasonglh
    Doubtful it was terrorist related but more likely drug seekers. Looks more like a reporter trying to make a better story and certainly a head security guy trying to look alot more important than he is.
  5. by   Nitengale326
    Regardless of their motives, the security in most hospitals is terrible at best. There was a thread on here a few months back about a security guard in ER using a walker to get around! I worked at a hospital in VA where the youngest guard was my grand dad!!! I kid you NOT!!! I feel safer just thinking about it!
  6. by   Blackcat99
    We don't have any security officers at the LTC. A few of us try to keep the doors locked at night but staff frequently goes out these doors and they don't even bother to close them up tight. I frequently find our doors slightly ajar during the night shift. :angryfire
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    it is scary no matter what exactly the motive.
  8. by   Jessy_RN
    :uhoh21: NOTHING BUT SCARE AND FRIGHT COME TO MY MIND, REGARDLESS OF THE MOTIVE

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