Hospitals need to take stronger security precautions

2014-06-08T00:00:00Z Hospitals need to take stronger security precautions nwitimes.com
June 08, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Security is poor at hospitals. Schools do a better job.

Took myself into the emergency room on Memorial Day at 4 a.m. It's that stomach bug that's hitting a lot of us. In the waiting room is the sign-in window, right next to the security office that looks into the waiting room. I packed up an overnight bag just in case I was going to stay.

Employees were coming in on a shift change at 7 p.m. Everyone carried in a back pack. I stopped a nurse leaving work and asked her if security checks anyone's bag coming in. No one gets checked. I could have had a hand gun, even a bomb.

Once I passed in the locked doors, into the emergency room, I waited in a side room for the doctor on call. I could have put my bag in the cabinet underneath the sink, and no one would know.

Once, a Christmas box wasn't checked at another hospital.

- Pat Tuleja, Schererville

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