How to Properly Protect and Secure Medical Equipment
October 4th, 2019
Hospitals, doctor's offices, and pharmacies house expensive equipment, and without the right security system in place to protect this equipment, it is possible that someone can break in and take thousands of dollars of equipment from the facility or even take medication or other things that can put people at risk.
Below, you will find how you can provide this sensitive equipment and inventory with some added protection.
Burglars and Environmental Hazards
Prescription drugs, lab materials, monitoring equipment, and other valuable items can be dangerous when not used correctly. Therefore, it is important to take the steps necessary to prevent theft, damage, and environmental hazards from occurring in facilities that store this kind of sensitive equipment.
Monitored alarm systems including burglar alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, fire and smoke detectors, and water sensors should all be used to improve security measures. You also need to make sure that your security vendor and all of these systems have proper communication across each and every channel.
It is also essential to authorize access to specific people when it comes to areas of the facility containing equipment and medication. Having this kind of access control system in place is also a good way to monitor who is coming and going from these areas and what they are accessing.
Biometric readers, key cards, and swipe readers can be used, and each of these assigns an individual a form of identification to determine who is accessing these areas.
Image sensors can detect when someone gains access or enters a restricted area and video surveillance cameras inside and outside of these areas go a long way in ensuring that only authorized personnel is entering and they are doing as they should.
In addition, there are also mobile solutions you can opt for that makes monitoring and controlling this kind of surveillance easier and much more convenient. If any system is compromised, you will immediately receive a notification to your mobile device alerting you of a problem.
Medications and some kinds of equipment may also require that a certain temperature and humidity level be maintained. This is to protect the items from damage, spoilage, contamination, and other chemical reactions. Smart thermostats are a great way to monitor this and keep tabs on the levels in these areas.
You can also control the settings on a smart thermostat remotely. They can be adjusted or set, and you can receive a notification and alert if any of the settings have changed.
Secure Your Facility
All in all, these security systems should be in place to help better secure the medical facility. They can also be used to combat cyber attacks as well as theft and damage. However, to do this, you also want to make sure that you are working with a proper security vendor.
For more information on these systems as well as other security solutions for your medical facility, contact All American Protection.