Facility Operations

U.S. Airmen may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis due to contaminated scopes

135 patients were treated with improperly sterilized endoscopes at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar

6/27/2017


Healthcare security urged consider the impact of Sentinel Event Alert No. 57

The Joint Commission recently issued Sentinel Event Alert No. 57, 'The Essential Role of Leadership in Developing a Safety Culture'

6/27/2017


Healthcare facilities seeking their own 'Alexa' app

Voice recognition technology could save time, lives

6/26/2017


Study finds airborne pathogens live for 45 minutes

Queensland researchers have developed technique to study how some pathogens can spread

6/26/2017


Widow sues Olympus over scope-related superbug outbreak

Case is the first to go to trial in the U.S. stemming from a series of superbug outbreaks

6/26/2017


Tailored veterans home infection control cuts MRSA

Program led to a 64 percent reduction during first year

6/23/2017


Louisiana VA hospital cited for improper cleaning

OIG investigated the hospital's compounding pharmacy

6/23/2017


C. auris cases now number 156

The CDC raised case count from 122

6/23/2017



Two Legionnaires' case linked to hot tub at Florida senior facility

A third individual who showed signs of Legionnaires' disease later died, but his tests for the disease were negative

6/23/2017


Hospital floors are critical areas when it comes to cleaning

In rooms with a C. diff patient, floors were more likely to be contaminated with any of the three pathogens

6/23/2017


Minnesota hospital has seven security breaches in eight months

If further violations are found and aren’t fixed, Fairview can lose federal healthcare funding

6/22/2017


Deadly bacteria found in 37 percent of tested heater-cooler devices

CDC recommends hospitals notify patients who have had open-heart surgery in the last five years

6/22/2017


Study: Copper-impregnated surface has 80 percent reduction of contamination

The study examined the amount of microbial contamination on overbed tables

6/22/2017


Exam room cleaning is crucial

Nosocomial infections can occur at a doctor’s exam room

6/22/2017


Make health information available to facility visitors

Accessible information should be a priority for healthcare facilities

6/21/2017


Scope cleaning and sterilization processes leave instruments contaminated

Study finds sterilization process leaves instruments contaminated with debris, residue and bacteria

6/21/2017


Hospital tower to be inspected after London fire

Tower at Derry’s Altnagelvin Hospital among the buildings set to undergo an urgent fire safety check

6/20/2017


APIC 2017 Film Festival winner highlights hand hygiene

Providence Health & Services Alaska as the winner of its seventh annual competition announced

6/20/2017


Child dies after being left in Arkansas clinic van

Ex-employee said it was common practice to check the vans three times after children were taken off

6/19/2017


Interior design choices can support infection prevention

Style must be balanced with ease of cleaning

6/19/2017


Antiseptic manufacturers help make sense of FDA rules

The American Cleaning Institute will help infection control experts understand the pending Food and Drug Administration decision

6/19/2017


Employee background checks key to security plan

Background checks among the first items to get cut when money is tight

6/19/2017


Study says removing sinks from ICU cuts bacterial colonization

'Water-free' patient care can reduce the number of ICU patients colonized with gram-negative bacteria

6/19/2017


Hospital reviewing security after woman impersonates staffer

Indiana woman entered several restricted areas of the hospital

6/16/2017


Hospital to increase security after attack on surgeon

Victoria, Australia, has doubled funding for security in public hospitals after attack

6/16/2017


Whitepaper offers guidance on choosing the right disinfectant

"Researching the Right Disinfectant for Your Facility: Without Damaging Instruments or Surfaces" available on Infection Control Today website

6/16/2017


Calif. hospital closes surgical unit after mold is found in sink

Healthcare facility has no way to sterilize equipment

6/16/2017


CMS says healthcare facilities must develop water management policies to prevent Legionnaires'

CMS surveyors will review facilities' water management implementation policies, procedures and reports

6/15/2017


Ways to improve access for disabled patients

When we talk about increasing access for the disabled, we are talking about improving a particular environment that can be used by everyone in an inclusive way

6/15/2017


Two infants develop Legionnaires' following water births

Two infants delivered in Arizona were diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease in early 2016

6/15/2017


Bacterial outbreak in NICU linked to contaminated tap water

An investigation were associated with absence of point-of-use filters on faucets

6/14/2017


Pew urges Congress to reject ONC budget cuts

ONC needs more than the $38 million allocated to advance interoperability, EHR usability and patient safety, group says

6/14/2017


Preventing ransomware attacks in healthcare facilities

Simple steps can help protect from cyber threats

6/14/2017


N.J. healthcare facility settles OSHA workplace violence issues

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has withdrawn a general duty clause citation

6/13/2017


Sustainability focus transforms healthcare facility operations

Green building practices are also changing design and construction

6/13/2017


How to deal with ransomware

Ransomware seen as a symptom rather than the problem

6/13/2017


Study examines disinfectants effect on C. diff

Researchers compare effectiveness of four products

6/13/2017


Hospital patients require better food service and it's improving bottom lines

The fifth moment of The World Health Organization's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene is the most overlooked

6/13/2017


Too many Legionnaires' cases start in healthcare facilities, CDC says

After hotels, long-term care facilities and hospitals are the most common types of buildings associated with Legionnaires

6/12/2017


California hospital water system break causes four-day outage

Patients and staff were instructed to use anti-bacterial wipes for hygienic cleaning

6/12/2017


HHS says healthcare cybersecurity in 'critical condition'

A cybersecurity task force report included list of vulnerabilities

6/12/2017


Focusing on surface contact in hand hygiene

The fifth moment of The World Health Organization's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene is the most overlooked

6/12/2017


Infection control in longterm care facilities

A proposed rule would make major changes to improve the care and safety in longterm care facilities or nursing homes that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs

6/9/2017


Creating a superior washroom experience

Washrooms play a critical role in driving a positive perception of healthcare facilities

6/9/2017


How cloud-based asset management became essential to efficient healthcare operations

One of the cornerstones of modern healthcare management is the enterprise asset management (EAM) solution that keeps track of all the moving pieces and ensures that mission-critical equipment and technology are functioning and available when they’re needed

6/8/2017


The end of net neutrality will impact healthcare

Telehealth, cloud-based EHRs and remote monitoring connectivity could all be affected

6/7/2017


Hospital cutting food waste and cost

Providence Health trimming unnecessary food expenditures

6/7/2017


Infographic on 'clean and green' hospitals

Infographic looks at some of the top hospitals in the UK and around the world and how they have been built with the environment in mind

6/7/2017


OSHA investigates Minnesota ED after patient sexual assault

University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview has increased patient monitoring in the ED and enhanced video monitoring, among other changes

6/6/2017


Kansas lawmakers vote to allow healthcare facilities to ban guns

State law requires most public places to allow concealed firearms by this summer or install security at entrances to keep weapons out

6/6/2017


Summa Health relaxes controversial dress code

Female employees can skip pantyhose and wear open-toed shoes

6/6/2017


VA patients allegedly given trays of food with cockroaches on them

Administrators were aware that cockroaches were a 'persistent presence' at a veterans hospital in Illinois but failed to remove them

6/5/2017


Cool water as effective as hot for hand washing

New study found that cool water removes the same amount of harmful bacteria

6/5/2017


Yearlong survey tracks bacterial diversity in new hospital

Study focuses on the flow of microbes between patients, staff and surfaces

6/5/2017


The value of the cosmetic surgery market and how it is constantly changing

Facility professionals play a key and active role when it comes to contributing to the success of the cosmetic surgery industry

6/5/2017


Healthcare facilities review plans in response to Congo Ebola outbreak

Experts say healthcare providers should review their Ebola response plans now to avoid repeating past mistakes

6/2/2017


Hospital evacuation blamed on 'system fault with alarm'

Patients were wheeled out of Wishaw General Hospital in their beds after an alarm sounded

6/2/2017


Boston Medical Center food pantry feeding 7,000 patients a month

Healthcare facility has one of the first hospital-based food pantries

6/2/2017


Patients leaning toward outpatient facilities, technology

Hospital systems have begun to shift more capital spending to outpatient facilities to provide more cost-effective and convenient settings for consumers

6/2/2017


Hospital cleaning budget cuts blamed for superbug outbreak

The hospital has been forced to dramatically increase its cleaning budget

6/2/2017


Some California hospitals don’t pass quake test

Lack of funds usually the problem

6/1/2017


Avoiding the hidden costs of environmental services staff injuries

Environmental services work-related injuries usually involve either exposure to harmful contaminants or musculoskeletal disorders

6/1/2017


Iowa healthcare facility prepares for helipad chopper crash

CHI Health Mercy Hospital staff tests procedures for responding to a medical helicopter crash

6/1/2017


Maintaining security with contract cleaning staff

Improved and standardized security checks urged

6/1/2017


Kaiser Permanente shifting foodservice focus to health and wellness

Sustainable purchasing practices, room service and sous vide preparation are part of the plan

6/1/2017


Nurses suing Illinois hospital, security firm after being held hostage

Suit alleges security officer ran away from situation and made no effort to help

5/31/2017


Identity management playing greater role in healthcare cybersecurity

The most important thing security professionals can do is maintain control over who has access to the hospital’s systems

5/31/2017


Integrating and balancing resources for healthcare professionals

Leaders should develop process maps and flow charts to identify handoffs between subunits of an organization

5/31/2017


Healthcare IoT comes with ethical considerations

Healthcare IoT devices generate volumes of data about the health and lifestyle of users

5/31/2017


Protecting healthcare facility parking lots with video surveillance

Protecting patients, staff and visitors have become increasingly important in addressing patient privacy, safe guarding against infant abductions and ensuring an overall safe environment

5/31/2017


Healthcare facility's faulty video system helped lead to suit by deaf patients

Two deaf patients won the right to sue Baptist Health South Florida for discrimination

5/30/2017


Houston psychiatric hospital closes after failing safety inspection

Investigators cited the hospital for maintaining door handles, faucets and other items that suicidal patients could use to hang themselves

5/30/2017


Dealing with a violent healthcare workplace

There are ways to reduce the likelihood of violent incidents in a longterm care facility

5/30/2017


U.S. medical devices hit for first time by recent global ransomeware attack

WannaCry ransomware affected some Bayer medical devices

5/30/2017


Former maintenance employee speaks out against N.C. senior facility living conditions

Complaints allege presence of mold, mildew and bed bugs

5/30/2017


Fresno hospitals using ‘eyeprints’ for patient ID

Each time a patient registers for an appointment, a quick photo will be taken to match with the one on file

5/26/2017


California healthcare facility brings in super heroes to promote employee safety

Kaiser Permanente brought Wonder Woman and Spider Man to safety fair

5/26/2017


Patient safety mistakes to avoid

Physician says healthcare has made missteps on patient safety journey

5/26/2017


Generator shutdown means

Both exterior and interior generators are required to have a second means of shutting down the prime mover

5/26/2017


Move to exempt healthcare facilities from Kansas gun law stalls

Unless changes are made, concealed handguns will be allowed in state psychiatric hospitals

5/25/2017


Model to stop superbugs may not be working

MRSA outbreak has experts rethinking strategy

5/25/2017


Visitor blames Houston healthcare facility for injuries

Woman is suing a Memorial Hermann Healthcare System and a maintenance provider

5/25/2017


Enhancing the patient experience through building automation technology

Partnership optimizes efficiency to enhance the care and comfort of patients, visitors, and staff at Watson Clinic in Central Florida

5/25/2017


Emergency preparedness deadline approaching for nursing homes and hospices

Many healthcare providers will be required to step up their safety efforts

5/24/2017


Wisconsin hospital offering healthy local food choices

Sauk Prairie Healthcare sources 50 percent of their locally

5/24/2017


Staying on top of the latest trends in the healthcare industry

A building’s performance infrastructure enables patients to heal and clinicians to provide compassionate care

5/24/2017


D.C. hospital probes security officers' alleged wheelchair ‘dump’ of patient

Howard University is investigating an incident involving a female patient left lying on the ground at a nearby bus stop

5/23/2017


Disposing of fluid medical waste

Facilities discuss their choice of liquid waste management in an Outpatient Surgery article

5/23/2017


Healthcare facilities struggle with patch management to block cyberattacks

Workforce shortages and patch management issues came to the fore after WannaCry attacks

5/23/2017


Massachusetts hospital integrates security camera system

System reviews and monitors more than 1,000 security cameras

5/23/2017


Point of care ecosystem – Greater connectivity improves BP measurement accuracy

A connected point of care ecosystem also protects the quality of the measurement data by virtually eliminating the risk of human error at the keyboard

5/23/2017


Active shooter threat assessment tool offered

Threat assessment checklist available for download on Campus Safety website

5/22/2017


Cleveland Clinic names new food-service provider

Employees could be rehired by Morrison Healthcare

5/22/2017


C. diff-contaminated areas can increase infection risk

Risk increases when a patient is in an area previously occupied by someone with a Clostridium difficile infection

5/22/2017


Healthcare facility succession planning can prevent future pain

Hospitals across the country are facing longterm facility department staffing issues

5/22/2017


John Oliver report alleges DaVita infection control issues

DaVita called dialysis factory where infection control procedures are skipped and patients are rushed on and off machines, sometimes before the process is complete

5/19/2017


Music's power to improve waiting room experience studied

Naval pilots concept uses music and nature to soothe

5/19/2017


The right communication can improve patient satisfaction

Infographic charts key patient touchpoints

5/19/2017


Countries still working to deal with widespread hacking

Officials in nearly 100 countries raced last weekend to contain one of the biggest cybersecurity attacks in recent history

5/19/2017


Nurses taken hostage at Illinois hospital when patient grabs officer's gun

Chicago man, 21, was fatally shot by SWAT team at Geneva hospital

5/18/2017


Greenest hospitals in U.S.

Features include such innovative practices as paperless records, rooftop gardens, water consumption reduction and the maximization of natural light.

5/18/2017


DC VA sited for stained, missing surgical equipment

Surgery had to be halted at the Veterans Affairs hospital after probe

5/18/2017


Utility savings fund Saskatoon hospital upgrades

Facility staff helped plan retrofit in busy healthcare setting

5/18/2017


Hospital bathrooms can be haven for illegal drug use

Standard equipment for hospital security guards may include opioid overdose-reversing drugs

5/18/2017


Future healthcare facilities will not have patients in them, IT expert says

The use of future tech will mean clinicians are monitoring and responding to patients remotely

5/17/2017


IoT expected to disrupt healthcare

Most surveyed healthcare execs say the Internet of Things could shake up healthcare in the next three years

5/17/2017


New Jersey expands elder facility hidden camera program

Program launched to protect elderly and disabled patients from caregiver abuse

5/17/2017


Washington healthcare facility recognized for sustainability programs

'Keeping it local' philosophy helped hospital win Practice Greenhealth honors

5/17/2017


NHS working to recover from global cyberattack

Teams ‘working round the clock’ to fix systems rendered inaccessible

5/16/2017


Hospital door handles called significant source of MRSA

Environments of three hospitals in Ghana studied

5/16/2017


Hospital impaling death blamed on lack of information

Death at Boston Pilgrim Hospital would have been less likely if equipment manufacturer had issued a safety notice, jury told

5/15/2017


Faulty alarm system puts psychiatric hospital at risk, staff says

Personal alarms used by nursing staff regularly break and are often 'useless,' staffer says

5/15/2017


Addressing 'meaningful use' regulatory challenges

Strategic investment in facility infrastructure services can help achieve long-term compliance

5/15/2017


More than quarter of nursing home residents colonized with MDR bacteria

A systematic review and meta-analysis revealed a high colonization rate of 27 percent among residents

5/15/2017


$1 million worth of medical equipment missing from Indiana VA

VA officials say losses are small compared to the inventory’s size, but may indicate poor record-keeping

5/12/2017


CDC study finds most cooling towers test positive for Legionella

Reported cases of Legionnaires' increased by 286 percent between the year 2000 and 2014

5/12/2017


Auditing medical-device reprocessing key

Adherence to sterilization and disinfection best practices ensures patient safety

5/12/2017


383 Sodexo food service workers losing jobs at Cleveland Clinic

The affected jobs include 215 food service workers, 25 cooks, 31 supervisors, and a variety of other positions

5/12/2017


Hazmat scare prompts ED evacuation

Healthcare facility located near Maryland military base

5/11/2017


Proposed East Bronx Healthcare microgrid design mitigates risk for four hospitals

The East Bronx Healthcare Microgrid was announced as one of 11 winners to receive a $1,000,000 grant from NY Prize

5/11/2017


Nursing students say they need additional infection prevention education

Nearly 40 percent of respondents believed they needed more training

5/11/2017


Controlling infections in care homes

Preventing the spread of infection in care homes largely comes down to knowledge about hygiene practices

5/11/2017


Hospital investigators, CDC disagree over source of deadly mold

Mold responsible for the deaths of seven patients at University of Pittsburgh hospitals

5/11/2017


Paper sanitizers can curb bacteria

Metallized paper can sanitize surfaces with 10 seconds of treatment

5/10/2017


Redesigning the sterile reprocessing room

Minnesota hospital makes department more staff-friendly

5/10/2017


Ohio university adds healthcare environmental services focus to program

Ohio State University adds healthcare to hospitality curriculum

5/9/2017


Ontario hospital project boost chemo safety

Renovation project to improve safety in handling chemotherapy drugs

5/9/2017


Toledo hospital uses robot to help keep patients safe

Germ-zapping robot destroys bugs in hard-to-clean places

5/9/2017


N.J. hospitals practice response to nuclear attack

'Operation Gotham Shield' not a direct response to concerns about North Korea's nuclear arsenal

5/5/2017


'Superbug' fungus emerging in N.Y. region

Two of the three kinds of commonly used antifungal drugs have little effect

5/5/2017


Surface selection can support infection control efforts

Healthcare facilities' environmental services staff can be challenged by poor surface choices

5/5/2017


Huge healthcare facility relies on healthcare virtualization

Dallas hospital credits technology with better patient experience, improved security and saving time

5/5/2017


Pa. healthcare facility deep cleaning after bedbugs found

Dementia patients moved during fumigation of unit

5/5/2017


Window-washing Power Rangers surprise Philadelphia Children's Hospital patients

This wasn't the first time the cleaners have dressed up for the children

5/4/2017



World Hand Hygiene Day focuses on antibiotic resistance

May 5 highlights the importance of hand hygiene in healthcare

5/4/2017


Key facts on C. auris fungus

C. auris was found on tested nurses' hands

5/4/2017


Hospitals address food insecurity

Food distribution are part the facilities' programming

5/4/2017


Is hiring ex-cons in healthcare safe?

Some states have passed laws to keep people with criminal convictions out of jobs in clinical settings

5/3/2017


Healthcare needs IF security talent

Nowhere is the lack of information security professionals more pressing than in the medical industry

5/3/2017


Infection control has silver bullet

Silver has been used to fight infections since ancient times

5/3/2017


Q&A: ER department corridors

Brad Keyes discusses regulations for hazardous areas

5/3/2017


Operating room lights covered after metal shards fell on patient

Gold Coast University Hospital has ordered replacement arms for all operating room lights

5/2/2017


Hospitals with the quietest patient rooms

Data tracks HCAHPS surveys from April 2015 through March 2016

5/2/2017


Hospital cleaners awarded damages over toxic fumes

According to their union, the workers were not given any training on potentially dangerous cleaning chemicals

5/2/2017


CDC offers interim guidance on Zika virus for healthcare personnel

So far, there have been no reports of transmission of Zika virus from infected patients to healthcare personnel

5/2/2017


OSHA violence standard for healthcare supported in comments

Expanding the agency's definition of workplace violence also urged

5/2/2017


Duke University Hospital gets mobile water filtration system

Truck is part of facility's emergency response arsenal

5/2/2017


Deadline for emergency preparedness approaching for hospitals

Deadline requiring hospitals to meet new requirements for handling patient safety during emergencies is Nov. 15, 2017

5/1/2017


New Stamford Hospital building designed to be green

Sustainability features key to keeping costs down

5/1/2017


UPMC sued again for mold infection issue

Case is the seventh involving patients who died after contracting mold infections at UPMC hospitals

4/28/2017


Manchester cancer center fire sparks patient evacuation

Facility does not house patients, but is attached to the main hospital

4/28/2017


New power plant to save Baltimore hospital $750K per year

Baltimore Washington Medical Center's new power plant is also expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

4/28/2017


Healthcare facility design can support security

Healthcare organizations are urged to focus on security in facility design and planning

4/28/2017


Effective space programming can ease growing pains

New technologies and legislation mean that healthcare facilities often must change the way they deliver care

4/28/2017



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