Facility Operations

Ohio hospital security officers suspended after detaining visitor

Incident leads to suspensions after video was released

3/27/2017


FBI offers updated active-shooter planning document

Document expands on 'Active Shooter Planning and Response in a Healthcare Setting'

3/27/2017


How to hire the best security officers

The quality of the staff is the best indicator of an effective department

3/27/2017


Three ways to keep facilities clean smelling to increase patient satisfaction

It’s more important than ever that healthcare facilities focus their efforts on odor control to help patients feel more comfortable while on the road to a speedy recovery

3/27/2017


Energy resilience bank focusing on hospitals

Bank will help four New Jersey hospitals stay up and running during outages

3/27/2017


Topeka VA battling bed bugs

Patients from the psychiatric recovery and wellness program on the building's first floor were relocated

3/24/2017


360 degree photo spheres used to capture information for healthcare facility

Minneapolis medical center uses panoramic photos to maintain building

3/24/2017


How to better manage energy use

Connected the dots between energy improvement and reduction of pollutants

3/24/2017


Kansas healthcare facility hires infection-fighting robot

Olathe Medical Center uses ultraviolet light to disinfect hospital rooms

3/24/2017


Few nursing homes use isolation procedures to control superbugs' spread

Skipping isolation precautions may place other residents at risk

3/24/2017


Key points in mass-casualty disaster planning

Many facilities overlook this type of emergency

3/24/2017


Mass casualty mitigation strategies

A good offense can improve response to an active shooter

3/23/2017


Green cleaning's effect on indoor air quality

Look for products that are green certified by at least two certification organizations

3/23/2017


Healthcare facility professionals mark Patient Safety Awareness Week

Patient safety responsibility extends to every department

3/23/2017


Tips for an energy-efficient light design

By employing energy-conscious lighting design, facilities can reap significant cost savings and reduce their environmental footprint

3/22/2017


Death of patient who hit hospital security guard ruled a homicide

Autopsy results showed the man died as a result of traumatic asphyxiation caused by the position in which he was being held

3/22/2017


Tips for reducing exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other infectious diseases

Prevention measures include the proper handling and disposing of linens and wastes

3/22/2017


Is healthcare cleaning a special case?

Many companies offer specialist cleaning and hand hygiene solutions for the healthcare sector

3/21/2017


New prevention methods for Clostridium difficile on a horizon

Prevention relies partially on infection control efforts

3/21/2017


Hospital food service aide gave young patients a Christmas surprise

Cafeteria worker saved all year and spent nearly $5,000 on around 1,300 toys

3/21/2017


Modern surveillance technologies can improve decentralized healthcare security

Security professionals rely on their surveillance system to help them monitor indoor and outdoor spaces

3/20/2017


Hospital floors often overlooked when it comes to infection control

Floors in patient rooms are often contaminated with health care-associated pathogens

3/20/2017


Inspectors find safety issues at Montana hospital

Hospital did not eliminate environmental risks for suicidal patients

3/20/2017


New technology and approaches to cut lab energy use

Lab research facilities are energy intense building types due to the vast amounts of 100 percent outside air required

3/20/2017


Boiler problems cause evacuation of Pennsylvania healthcare facility

Patients at Consulate Health Care of Cheswick were displaced for several hours

3/20/2017


Patient with gun admitted to ICU, bypassed security

Woman shoots, kills herself at Florida hospital

3/17/2017


Manufacturer changing how sinks work in hospitals

It has no faucet, knobs or levers and is designed to reduce splashing

3/17/2017


Connecticut healthcare facility increases efficiency

Windham Hospital in Willimantic was recently honored for energy initiatives

3/17/2017


Safety concerns raised before hospital roof collapse

Concerns about the structural safety at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, where a section of the roof collapsed, were raised by a legislator

3/17/2017


Hospital says facility smoking ban forces patients onto dangerous roads

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, which sets guidance for clinical practice, states that hospital premises, including the grounds, should remain smoke-free

3/16/2017


Data disaster recovery planning key for healthcare facilities

HIPAA-covered entities are required to have a contingency plan

3/16/2017


Healthcare facilities can be compromised by malware that infects medical devices

Insecurable medical systems provide a target for identity thieves

3/16/2017


Study finds air quality can impact effectiveness of antibiotics

Bacteria that cause respiratory infections can be affected by air pollution

3/15/2017


Boosting energy efficiency with building envelope retrofit

Other benefits include improved appearance and uninterrupted workflow

3/15/2017


Full-scale patient room mock-ups help designer see flaws

Patient-care scenarios can be simulated to make sure the design provides an workable space and healing environment, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

3/14/2017


Study says healthcare facility floors can harbor pathogens

Many items in patient rooms can come in contact with the floor, and germs can spread to hands

3/14/2017


Many hands: Team building may boost hand washing

Study suggests a cohesive team will have improved compliance

3/14/2017


Standardized security technologies urged for healthcare campus

Facilities with strict, consistent specifications can improve safety and cut costs

3/13/2017


Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta: Navigating a better patient experience

Mobile wayfinding application instrumental in designing and delivering a personalized patient experience

3/13/2017


Materials management supported by efficiently designed spaces

Nurses can spend 20 percent or more of their total time performing fundamental materials management tasks

3/13/2017


Patient room floors, sinks could be contaminated with bacteria

Infection risks may be overlooked by infection control efforts

3/13/2017


Human capital management for the healthcare industry: What to look for

Healthcare organizations need to locate and manage talent that will support their unique operational objectives

3/13/2017


Hospital floors may be spreading germs more easily than believed

Germs can move quickly from floors to high-touch surfaces

3/10/2017


Madison hospital makes eating healthy easier

The effort began with the removal of sugar-sweetened drinks and deep-fat fryers

3/10/2017


Report predicts healthcare facilities to increase IT security spending

A majority of survey respondents are without adequate data security controls

3/10/2017


Technology advances fuel demand for new healthcare equipment

How to finance new equipment in 2017

3/10/2017


Study explores superbugs found in healthcare facility sinks

Bacteria spreads from drainpipes to patients in stages

3/9/2017


Big Data can support infection control

Healthcare facilities can use Real Time Location Systems to track visits to hand hygiene stations

3/9/2017


$1.2 million of equipment stolen from Toronto hospital

The hospital’s video surveillance footage shows the suspects used suitcases to transport equipment

3/9/2017


Texas hospital ready for hazardous material emergencies

Parkland Memorial Hospital decon unit deals with chemical exposure situations

3/9/2017


Texas hospital employee says stealing was 'easy'

Employee allegedly stole $400k of medical equipment from Christus Santa Rosa Hospital

3/8/2017


Maximizing BIM use in healthcare facility operations

White paper says not all facilities are putting BIM to use

3/8/2017


Pre-fab bathroom pods deliver luxury to go

The Christ Hospital Joint and Spine Center plugged in high-end modular bathrooms as part of its tight construction schedule

3/7/2017


Drug disappearances at VA hospitals investigated

VA drugs losses rose tenfold between 2009 and 2015

3/6/2017


Innovations curbing healthcare facility infections

Lighting and antibacterial surfaces helping to reduce harmful microrganisms

3/6/2017


Height-adjustable bathroom fixtures can make life easier for people with mobility challenges

Fixtures have been designed to allow quick and easy height and position adjustability

3/6/2017


Steps to prevent health facility violence

Risk management expert urges zero tolerance culture

3/3/2017


Flint healthcare facility ordered a second time to address Legionella issues

Michigan health officials told McLaren Flint Hospital to correct conditions to reduce the presence of bacteria

3/2/2017


Survey suggests better supply chain management supports patient safety

A quarter of hospital staff with 'good' processes have seen or heard of expired product being used on a patient

3/2/2017


Hospital's HVAC upgrades benefit from in-house expertise

Maintenance and engineering managers know they can’t monitor what they don’t measure

3/2/2017


Lawsuit linking sixth death to UPMC mold names third facility

A third wrongful death lawsuit was filed in connection to a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center mold outbreak

3/1/2017


Nonclinical staff has role in patient satisfaction

There are a number of ways they can help to improve patient outcomes

3/1/2017


Dispute over hospital defects resolved

Embattled South Australian hospital will open within months

3/1/2017


Parkland Hospital combines laundry tech with human touch

Advanced processes back up one skilled seamstress

2/28/2017


Naples healthcare facility dumping chemical spill into creek

Workers dumped industrial dye into a storm drain

2/28/2017


Long-term care facilities told to be disaster-ready

Facilities that participate in Medicare and Medicaid must meet the new requirements by Nov. 15

2/28/2017


Antimicrobial surfaces can support HAI prevention

The antimicrobials used for solid surfaces include copper and silver

2/28/2017


California hospital moves patients ahead of potential flood

Hospital officials feared the facility would be flooded if the Oroville Dam broke

2/27/2017


UV cleaning technology manufacturers discuss key issues

UV disinfection technology can supplement manual surface cleaning by killing persistent pathogens

2/27/2017


Report: Growing healthcare sector will boost demand for industrial cleaning services

The global industrial cleaning market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of close to 5%

2/27/2017


Maintaining hospital air isolation rooms

Room needs to be well sealed to prevent excess air leakage

2/24/2017


Deploying wireless locks and readers in a healthcare facility

New access control technology can improve the security and efficiency of campus

2/24/2017


Free hazard communication webinar planned to help protect cleaners

The webinar will focus on how OSHA can help staffing firms and host employers better understand their responsibilities for ensuring the safety of temporary workers.

2/24/2017


Street light outages cause safety concerns near Nashville hospital

Some streetlights have been out for months, leaving at least two intersections in the dark

2/24/2017


Legionella found in Washington hospital

Harrison Medical Center patient contracted Legionnaires' disease

2/23/2017


Select an HVAC system for a healthcare facility's specific goals

Energy efficiency is also critical in choosing the best system

2/23/2017



Healthcare has more emergency power system options

As the healthcare construction industry grows, advances in technology are creating new emergency power system options, according to an article on the Healthcare Design

2/22/2017


How common are hospital shootings?

A number of studies have examined instances of gun violence

2/21/2017


Telehealth trend coming with many misconceptions

HealthcareITNews website lists and debunks five of the most popular myths

2/21/2017


How to maximize an intrusion detection system

Integrating other technologies with the security control panel can improve outcomes

2/17/2017


Five mistakes healthcare professionals must avoid with their medical waste disposal

About 15 percent of the waste generated by healthcare facilities is infectious, toxic or radioactive

2/17/2017


50 vehicles ransacked near Orlando hospital

Florida Hospital in Orlando hospital workers weren't the only ones hit

2/17/2017


Medical spaces have specific HVAC design requirements

System designers need to know the type of space the system serves, the occupancy type and codes that govern the occupancy

2/17/2017


Medical spaces have specific HVAC design requirements

System designers need to know the type of space the system serves, the occupancy type and codes that govern the occupancy

2/17/2017


Patient safety efforts are paying off

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's tally of healthcare-associated conditions between 2010 and 2015 shows a 21 percent decline, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

2/17/2017


Experts concerned about the potential fire hazard with hyperbaric chambers

In 2009, a chamber erupted in fire — fed by the oxygen — killing two people inside

2/16/2017


Missouri long-term care facility fire injures resident

Fire blamed on loose wire in an electrical outlet

2/16/2017


Healthcare interoperability slowed by financial, cultural challenges

Lack of standardization, fear of new procedures, or data gaps in EHR systems slowing progress

2/16/2017


Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care wins international climate change awards

Organization recognized for leading the transformation to climate smart, resilient healthcare

2/16/2017


Boston hospital saves more than 5,000,000 kWh with energy upgrades

LED lighting and advanced controls retrofits were installed throughout the campus

2/16/2017


ED patient found dead in Illinois hospital restroom

Man found nearly 8 hours after being discharged

2/16/2017


Automated UV-C disinfection: Finding the system that meets your facility’s needs

Despite the fact that the fundamental technology might be the same, no two commercially available automated UV-C systems are identical

2/15/2017


Boston hospitals review security after fake doctor roams facilities

Woman observed surgeries and attended patient rounds

2/14/2017


Cleaners can harm plastic surfaces over time

Use of some cleaning products could harm medical devices

2/14/2017


Designing healthcare facilities with security in mind

Consult with security personnel during design of new projects

2/14/2017


San Diego hospital accused of reinstalling secret cameras in ORs

Former staff physician at Sharp Grossmont Hospital is suing the healthcare facility

2/13/2017


Cleaning strategies to reduce hospital-acquired infections

Enhanced disinfection techniques can decrease the spread of pathogens

2/13/2017


Experts say current cleaning techniques for flexible endoscopes insufficient

Careful visual inspection and cleaning verification tests are recommended

2/13/2017


New maintenance infection control standards released

The new standard incorporates improvements based on industry advances since the previous edition release in 2012

2/13/2017


IoT security is critical to healthcare

Traditional cybersecurity sometimes lapses comes to the IoT

2/13/2017


Steps for effective outpatient facility cleaning

New facilities give environmental services new challenges

2/10/2017


Rare E. coli found in Los Angeles County patient

Incident marks a first for California

2/10/2017


Surgeon falls off rolling stool, successfully sues for $7 million

The stool was allegedly only suitable for use on a soft, carpeted flooring surface

2/10/2017


VA Pittsburgh system issues water restrictions after Legionella detected

Legionella bacteria found in sinks at facility

2/10/2017


Scabies outbreak reported at Ohio hospital

The disease was spread at Kettering partly by objects that were infested with itch mites

2/9/2017


Some surgical facilities are seeking alternatives to forced air warming

Forced air warming linked to surgical site infections

2/9/2017


Probe of dirty surgical tools at Detroit healthcare system reopened

Federal health authorities are again investigating dirty tools at the Detroit Medical Center

2/9/2017


Iowa hospital to add K-9s to security team

UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center is getting two four-legged security officers

2/9/2017


Study explores environmental cleaning for containing MRSA

Research examines the efficacy of different approaches for cleaning environmental surfaces

2/8/2017


UPMC mold report won't start new investigation

Health agencies have no plans to do any more investigating of the fatal mold outbreak at UPMC

2/8/2017


Tips to reduce the spread of norovirus

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests five steps

2/8/2017


Thieves impersonate Ark. hospital employees, steal credit cards

People dressed in scrubs stole the credit cards of hospital employees

2/7/2017


Junk food is out at Intermountain Healthcare facilities

System doing away with sugary drinks and snacks in clinics, hospitals

2/7/2017


Report links UPMC bed linens filled with mold blamed to crisis

Hundreds of other healthcare facilities may be affected

2/6/2017


Following the new scope reprocessing guidelines

Any gaps in procedures could lead to infections

2/6/2017


Environmental services' morale sometimes suffers on the job

Lifting staff morale goes a long way toward improving productivity

2/6/2017


Hospital enhances patient safety with germ-zapping robots

The Christ Hospital Health Network is the first healthcare system in the Cincinnati region to use the technology

2/3/2017


Study links superbug to antibiotic overuse rather than dirty hospitals

Scientists have found overuse of the drugs was the main cause of a serious stomach bug outbreak that spread through NHS hospitals

2/3/2017


Ontario hospital workers warn about hospital-acquired infections

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is urging the government to reduce hospital-acquired infections by increasing funding for hospital housekeeping

2/2/2017


Choosing the right medical carts

Fully functional and well-equipped carts are the best way to deliver precise medical care

2/2/2017


Poor healthcare facility air quality can harm patients and employees

Hospitals that do not maintain an effective air filtration strategy may find that airborne contaminants become a health issue

2/2/2017


Urban Health Plan’s ‘solar wall’ maximizes vertical space in the Bronx

Unlike most rooftop systems, the 37kW array has been installed on the side of the building

2/2/2017


California hospitals with high infection rates not inspected

California law requires hospitals to be inspected every three years

2/1/2017


Applying the basics of network security

Many strategies that can protect a healthcare facility's electronic security from cyberattacks are simple to implement

2/1/2017


Video surveillance can curb drug thefts

Height markers should be placed at exits to help identify suspects and video cameras should be positioned at strategic locations

1/31/2017


Hand-hygiene compliance up after safety stand-down

A 'stand-down' is when everyone stops what they're doing, so that an issue can be immediately addressed

1/31/2017


Experts discuss healthcare cybersecurity

2016 averaged one healthcare data breach per day

1/31/2017


IoT integration one of video surveillance's newest upgrades

Latest video surveillance systems designed to overcome challenges that come with a healthcare environment

1/31/2017


Dirty instrument found at Detroit hospital one day after investigation ends

Michigan regulators are reviewing whether to reopen probe

1/30/2017


Human error blamed for embryo-destroying hospital blackout

A hospital generator failure was likely caused by human error in wrongly leaving a control switch off

1/30/2017


Study says UV light helps eliminate four superbugs

UVC was used against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA; vancomycin-resistant enterococci, or VRE; Acinetobacter and Clostridium difficile

1/30/2017


Vermont Healthcare facility creates 'safe space' for patients

Grace Cottage Hospital's emergency department's 'safe room' built for vulnerable patients

1/30/2017



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