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Opening Up About Threat That Closed Down ASC 'I have a gun and I'm coming to shoot up the place, so be ready.' T uesday is the busiest day for orthopedic and pediatric surgeries at The Surgery Center in Franklin, Wis. The 5-OR ASC was already teeming with activity — patients with nerve blocks in their shoul- ders, anxious parents in the waiting room and staff scurrying about — when the phone rang at about 8:15 a.m. The woman on the line sounded a bit older ... and a bit off. "I have a gun and I'm going to come shoot up the place, so be ready." The receptionist hung up the phone, rose from her chair and walked over to the cubicle where her boss happened to be seated to tell her the news. "I called 911. Then I told the business office staff to go lock all the doors," says Fawn Esser Lipp, RN, BSN, CNOR, CASC, the ASC's executive director, recalling the events of the third Tuesday of last month. Ms. Lipp was on the phone with the 911 dispatcher when the first police officer arrived. Just then, the phone rang. The receptionist recog- nized the number from the threatening call 10 minutes earli- er. The officer told the receptionist to calmly answer the phone and mouthed a series of questions 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U N E 2 0 1 7 Editor's Page Dan O'Connor InstaPoll O S M Agree or disagree: Healthcare workers should be allowed to carry guns in the workplace. Strongly agree 23% Agree 12% Unsure 8% Disagree 19% Strongly disagree 38% Outpatient Surgery Magazine InstaPoll, n=824

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