Keeping Safe and Secure

The safety of our patients, their families and our staff is Hartford Hospital’s top priority.

To continue to improve safety and security, we have taken a number of steps, including the implementation of “plain language” to announce incidents and emergencies. Instead of using the code words “Dr. Rover” to announce a fire, for example, the words “Fire alarm activated” are used to ensure clarity.

Another step Hartford Hospital has taken, as part of Hartford HealthCare, is instituting active-shooter response training, called ALICE, for all 7,000 hospital employees. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate, which are steps an individual or a group of people can take to proactively handle the threat of an armed intruder. ALICE training gives participants options in keeping themselves, their patients and their coworkers as safe as possible.

Hartford Hospital is the leader in the national Stop the Bleed Campaign, focused on teaching members of law enforcement and the public to stop the bleeding and increase survivability in a mass-casualty event. Hartford Hospital was the first hospital in the country to install tourniquet kits in public areas. The hospital’s Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation trains law-enforcement officers to treat victims before medical first responders arrive.