Morning Security Brief: Shooting at the White House, Alarm Fatigue, and the 2012 Olympics

By Carlton Purvis


►U.S. Secret Service officials have confirmed that at least two bullets were fired at the White House on Friday night. One bullet hit the White House but was stopped by ballistic glass. Another was found on the White House grounds. The police responded to a call of shots fired on Friday night and investigators later found an abandoned car and an assault rifle on the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge. Evidence in the car was linked to Oscar Ortega-Hernandez and a warrant was issued for his arrest, NBC reported. 

►ECRI Institute, a research organization that tracks problems with medical devices, said alarms on cardiac monitors, infusion pumps, and ventilators are the most hazardous technology in hospitals, after a series by the Boston Globe. The investigation revealed a trend of deaths in hospitals as a result of alarm fatigue, a phenomenon that occurs when medical staff become so desensitized to the constant beeping that they don’t hear or ignore warnings that a patient’s condition might be worsening. “ECRI recommends that hospitals conduct an in-depth assessment of their organization’s approach to alarms and make numerous improvements, including establishing alarm notification and response protocols that ensure that each alarm will be recognized, that the appropriate caregiver will be alerted, and that the alarm will be promptly addressed,” the Globe reported.

►U.S. officials are questioning the United Kingdom’s preparedness for the 2012 Olympic Games and has decided to send up to 1,000 agents to help protect American athletes and diplomats involved in the event. “American officials have expressed deep unease that the UK has had to restrict the scope of anti-terrorism 'stop and search' powers, and have sought a breakdown of the number of British police and other security personnel that will be available next summer,” the Guardian reported. British officials have raised concerns about the size of the U.S. “footprint” during the games. "They are being very demanding," the Guardian reported one official said.

►In other news, a hospital system in Virginia says it won't hire people who test positive for nicotine during preemployment screenings. ⇒ In New Zealand, malware disables an ambulance service’s automated response system for 24 hours.⇒ And Facebook is investigating a widespread malware attack on users that uses pornography and graphic images.



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