Unhealthy complacency: The vulnerability of US hospitals to direct terrorist attacks.
J Healthc Risk Manag. 2018 Jan;37(3):8-12
Authors: Finucane DJ
Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, terrorists have demonstrated both the intent and capability to execute direct attacks on US public hospitals. Nonetheless, hospital administrators have basically ignored this threat, as they do not view hospitals as likely targets. Unfortunately, it may take a catastrophic event before policymakers appreciate this threat enough to take appropriate actions. However, analyzing and managing these threats is just another part of risk management, as the cost of doing so up front to protect against such loss is no different than other risk management assessments. While the threat may never be completely eradicated, failing to implement reasonable security measures to specifically address the threat of direct terrorist attacks leaves hospitals vulnerable to severe loss.
PMID: 28960695 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]