Book Review - Hospital and Healthcare Security

Physical Security
Book Review: Hospital and Healthcare Security, Sixth Edition
Hospital and Healthcare Security, Sixth Edition. By Tony W. York and Don MacAlister. Butterworth-Heinemann; 750 pages. Available from ASIS; #2231: $92 (member); $102 (nonmember).

Earlier editions of Hospital and Healthcare Security have long been a staple in the library of hospital security professionals, and this sixth edition will be no exception. Practitioners who are looking for proven solutions to old or new security problems should start with this reference.  

The authors continue to focus on the issues that are at the core of the healthcare market, and they have stayed abreast of the changes in the industry and the required changes in facility security programs. New developments such as the use of body cameras for security officers and trends in arming security personnel are addressed in this updated edition.  

Best practices from throughout North America and the United Kingdom are highlighted in this book. The authors have done a wonderful job with the presentation of security program management and program delivery, identifying best practices and areas of concern and providing real-world examples, procedures, and policies. They have addressed staffing, operations, tools, and equipment.

The authors have even touched on the needs of healthcare facilities beyond the traditional hospital setting and in off-campus facilities. They have addressed security design philosophies and practices as well as systems and equipment and how they are best employed at a healthcare facility.  

The material is well organized and written and will be an invaluable resource to hospital and healthcare security professionals, to consultants, and even to facility administrators.  

Reviewer: Michael Preece, PE (Professional Engineer), PSP, CxA (Certified Commissioning Authority), is a principal with Smith Seckman Reid and runs the company’s Washington, D.C. office. Preece has been providing planning, design, start-up, consultation, and commissioning services for security systems over the last 15 years, much of it concentrated on hospitals and healthcare facilities. He is a member of the ASIS International Healthcare Security Council.