Bloomington hospital workers get safety training

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Bloomington hospital employees are learning ways to talk down an active shooter or escape during training designed to help protect patients and employees.

IU Health Bloomington director of emergency management Vickie VanDeventer says employees already receive training on how to handle belligerent and threatening visitors. She tells The Herald-Times the next phase will come this summer when the hospital shows a video focusing on active shooter situations.

Hospital spokeswoman Amanda Roach says staff in the emergency department and other high-risk areas will put their training to the test during a drill later this year.

Monroe Hospital employees recently received training on how to respond to situations ranging from verbal threats to gunmen.

The training follows recent fatal shootings at an Alabama hospital and a California urologist's examining room.

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