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Minnesota hospitals train to prevent, react to violence

from Star Tribune

A Hennepin County Medical Center employee looked for escape routes as the man bearing a gun stood above him. He considered spraying the fire extinguisher as a distraction, so co-workers could flee. Maybe he could race to the door before the gunman fired. The recent episode was only an exercise, and the gunman was only firing balls of paint. But the "active-shooter" drill was just the latest example of the way hospitals and clinics are preparing themselves to prevent and respond to violence that is increasingly common for health care providers. more


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