In the past, designing security systems in health care settings — defined for this article as the electronic systems providing video surveillance (CCTV), access control and intrusion detections — was often overlooked during the design process. Many times, only a budgetary number was carried until late into the design, making system implementation into an existing health care facility expensive and logistically complicated. This is primarily due to The Joint Commission’s infectious control guidelines, which a majority of health care organizations have adopted for their facilities, making a post-construction system installation considerably more difficult. Furthermore, adding a new security design into a health care construction project late in the design process often results in missed opportunities to integrate it with other building systems. Let’s examine why designing security systems early in the design process is so critical.
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