Locksmith work can become repetitive for some individuals on a day-to-day basis. You install locks and lock hardware, rekey locks, unlock houses and cars, etc. Dealing with external customers, the life of a retail locksmith varies from one day to the next but is different than the life of an institutional locksmith.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) passed more than 10 years ago requires compliance with a host of federal and local regulations. HIPAA addresses the protection of patient records and control of access to both records and facilities.
The majority of compliance actions concern electronic protection of computerized records, but also outlines the physically securing of those computers that carry patient records. It also requires the establishment of a security system with audit trails to monitor employee interaction with both patient and financial records and to control authorized access to at risk areas of a healthcare facility.
Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act, Life Safety Codes and National Fire Protection Association rules specify that address the physical security of a facility with locks, latches and alarm devices. NPPA101: 220.127.116.11 places emphasis on locks “that require no keys, tools or special knowledge to operate.” The code also has rules governing stairwell reentry and procedures for releasing devices. All sections of these regulatory codes seek to ensure occupant safety during an emergency.
Because the hospital is made up of various different departments and hardware applications, the locksmith must be able to instantly respond to the needs of his internal customers.
In a small setting, the hospital campus may be limited to a few buildings on the same parcel of land. In many large educational based hospitals can be made up of dozens of buildings spread out over a large geographic area.
This article is designed to present an overview of some of the different types of security hardware found in a hospital setting. Some of it is unique to healthcare and some is found in general use.
Many of these pieces of hardware can be found in various areas of the hospital. Different areas such as Emergency Rooms, Examining Areas, Patient Rooms, Psychiatric Areas and Nurses Stations will share the same type of hardware.
Likewise Garages, Parking Areas, Hallways and other common areas will feature similar hardware use.
In alphabetical order, here are some of the security products you’ll find in a hospital setting.
Trilogy Access Control offers various models and features. The DL series offers stand-alone digital entry locks with various features and benefits holding from 100 to 2000 users. The PDL series incorporates a proximity device built into the face of the lock. Access can be gained through the use of a pin code or proximity credential. For specialty applications, Trilogy offers a double-sided digital lock in the DL/PDL5300 series for use in a communicating application where a code is required from either side. A privacy function on the DL/PDL4100 allows the user to access the room and gain privacy by pushing an inside button. This locks out the use of other access codes, but still allows the master code and key to over-ride it in case of emergency. The privacy locks are used on resident sleeping rooms in the emergency area for on-call associates.
AMSEC offers a full line of safes including depository safes. In a hospital setting any of the DS Series would provide a cash drop, key drop or place to deposit confidential records. The DSC2014KC allows a small keyed storage compartment at the top with an anti-fish protected front-load depository beneath. The safe doors on the DS Series can be had with a double-nosed keyed lock, standard combination or electronic combination lock.