SFGH Security Update – 10/12/13 10:30am
Yesterday’s announcement that UCSF will conduct an independent review of San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center’s (SFGH) safety and security systems is a significant step in the right direction.
The review will go over and above the investigations into Lynne Spalding Ford’s death, which are ongoing and have our full cooperation.
The independent review of our safety and security systems will help ensure that we are doing everything we can to honor our pledge to Lynne Spalding Ford’s family that the tragedy of her death will never be repeated, and that our campus is safe for all our current and future patients.
We are grateful for the support of the City that is bringing resources to bear to make sure that SFGH is completely safe and secure for the 100,000 patients and families that we care for each year, as well as our staff. At the end of this process, we will be a stronger organization. We want all our patients to have full confidence that in addition to excellent care, we will also provide superior safety and security systems.
In the meantime, we have already taken the following steps to improve security:
- Introduced a policy of daily fire stairwell checks on our campus
- We are updating all fire stairwell alarms to require deactivation by sheriff security staff that triggers automatic stairwell checks.
- If the fire stairwell is near to an inpatient unit, the charge nurse will immediately conduct a census check of the unit to ensure all patients are present and accounted for.
Updates will continue to be posted here and on our media hotline, 415-206-3376, as information develops.