Terrorist may target hospitals? Anybody see this on the news?

  1. I was between rounds tonight when I heard something on the news saying something about healthcare facilities could be the next targets... Anyone else here about it? If so how does it affect the type of nursing you will do? Hosp vs clinic, drs office, ltc etc...
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  3. by   tiger
    i haven't heard anything about it but i guess i'll just keep on keeping on. i'm at the county hospital in vegas. don't know, would that be a good target?
  4. by   bagladyrn
    Yes - apparently 4 cities were mentioned (will edit this next time I see it to add) The other news was that the White House has taken the FBI to task for issuing this warning, saying that the indications were vague and from unreliable sources. Personally, I want to hear these warnings, not be "protected" by Big Brother from disturbing facts.
  5. by   KC CHICK
    Yep, I heard it too. The following quote is from a news report I found on the internet...
    "On Wednesday, the FBI told authorities in Houston, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington to be aware of threats against hospitals. Even though that threat was assigned low credibility by senior law enforcement officials, the FBI is preferring to err on the side of caution in terms of giving out information, officials said.

    The idea is to increase vigilance among local police and people working in industries that are potential targets."

    Here is the shortcut to the entire story...
    http://www.rr.com/v5/1/news/frame/0,...294509,00.html
    Anne
    Last edit by KC CHICK on Nov 15, '02
  6. by   SharonH, RN
    I heard it too. At first I was startled and then I thought it makes sense. Hospitals are notorious for open access and most hospital security sucks big time. It would certainly be easy for a terrorist to make their next strike at a hospital.
  7. by   fergus51
    At this point are there any types of facilities that haven't been named as possible targets? Doesn't affect me at all, though my mother is not pleased that I am thinking about going back to the US to work.
  8. by   sjoe
    Haven't any of these government "experts" (especially those at the FBI) read "The Boy Who Cried Wolf?"

    All this information was "unconfirmed," "of low credibility" and of "low probability" according to CBS.
    Last edit by sjoe on Nov 19, '02
  9. by   Youda
    sjoe, but, what happens if they have some information, and don't pass it on? Another 9/11? It's not like they will ever be absolutely sure. Is it possible that a heightened awareness prevented an attack? I don't mind the warnings, just let's me know to be a little more observant.
  10. by   NurseDianne
    I heard it on the news. I hate that. Hospital personal have enough to worry about, now this. Any of ya'll that work at those sites. Keep your eyes open and Please be safe.
  11. by   CATHYW
    I heard it too. Thank goodness I work in a small hospital, in a relatively small town.
  12. by   sjoe
    Most likely, since the main goal of terrorism is to disrupt and cause chaos in their targets, they figured nobody would notice if they did this to hospitals. Who would be able to see the change?

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