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    Rick Ward

    Rick Ward is the National Director of Healthcare Security Services for Universal Protection Service. Rick has over 30 years of experience in law enforcement and the security industry. In 2011 Rick was awarded the Member of the Year award by IAHSS. Rick is also a 23 year veteran of the United States Air Force from which he retired as a Master Sergeant.
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    Free Virtual Panel 4/30: Decoding The CMS Rule Book for Dealing with Violent Patients, Guest Blog

    Posted by Rick Ward on Apr 24, 2015

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ stance on weapon use in hospitals is clear:  the use of weapons in the application of restraint, or even seclusion for that matter, is inappropriate for any healthcare intervention. On the other hand, a weapon may be used as part of a law enforcement action, not a healthcare intervention, to protect people from harm. Inasmuch as a patient has the right to a safe environment for their care, a clinician has the same right to provide that care in a safe environment. As security officers enlisted to help and serve others, part of our job is to ensure that people do not harm themselves or others.

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