Facility Operations

Healthcare facilities energy efficiency challenge

Healthcare facilities must cope with the challenges of energy management in a mission-critical environment

4/24/2017


Finding pest activity in healthcare facilities

Environmental services departments need to be aware when pests are present

4/24/2017


Infection control 'partnerships' spark concern that industry is leading science

Experts say we need to be sure that these practices and products are better and not just creating potential for further resistance

4/24/2017


MRSA outbreak at UC Irvine hospital undisclosed for months

Outbreak sickened 10 critically ill infants over eight months

4/21/2017


Maintaining security systems during a merger

Because of the disorder that accompanies a merger or acquisition, healthcare facilities can be more vulnerable to security risks

4/21/2017


Real-time locating system can reduce patient wait times

System that uses small locating badges worn by both patients and employees

4/21/2017


Telemedicine saves rural hospital from bankruptcy

Idaho healthcare facility integrates tech-based approaches to care

4/21/2017


DC VA inspection reveals dirty sterile storage

$150 million in unaccounted for items and unavailable supplies was also found

4/20/2017


Ohio hospital asked to increase video monitoring after attempted rape of patient

Patient was attacked in psychiatric unit of ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital

4/20/2017


Rehab center adds mocked-up marketplace, carpentry shop

Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre adds amenities to help patients recover from traumatic injuries

4/20/2017


Janitor training should be flexible for different facilities

Many healthcare facilities are installing luxury vinyl tile and people want to know how to take care of it

4/20/2017


Ignoring access management challenges can be expensive

Healthcare facilities should not rely on manual processes

4/20/2017


Site-specific pest management plan recommended

An integrated pest management plan can deal with pest issues before they become problems

4/20/2017


Virus sends N.Y. healthcare facility back to paper systems

A computer virus created an electronic health record outage

4/19/2017


Wireless access control offers range of potential benefits

Cost and ease of installation could benefit healthcare facilities

4/19/2017


Leapfrog's spring grades show improvement

Hospitals earned more A's and fewer Fs this spring

4/18/2017


Conducting effective infection control surveillance

Infection preventionists urged to 'pick their battles'

4/18/2017


Workplace investigations sensitive and important processes

HR professionals in the healthcare sector should have a solid plan in place when they begin an investigation

4/18/2017


Laughing gas leak leads to lockdown of Nevada hospital

A truck was delivering canisters to the hospital when the leak was discovered

4/17/2017


Robot disinfects ORs in two minutes

Abbreviated cycle time found to be enough for between-case surface cleaning

4/17/2017


Fighting Candida auris fungal infection

Cases of rare yeast superbug are on the rise

4/17/2017


Surprise inspection finds improper linen storage at Pittsburgh healthcare facility

Inspection of UPMC Shadyside hospital also revealed ventilation problems

4/17/2017


Md. hospital NICU reopens after investigation of Pseudomonas bacteria

The hospital invested more than $500,000 in a new water-treatment system

4/13/2017


Cleaning an artificial green wall

Artificial green walls are easier to clean and maintain than living green walls

4/13/2017


Building bridges between application developers and IT through cloud

Developers are the backbone of many businesses, and meeting their needs while also adhering to IT best practices requires strong management processes

4/13/2017


Switchboard fire leads to healthcare facility evacuation

Electrical fire at Canberra Hospital sparks political fallout

4/13/2017


Enterprise resource management drives Triple Aim compliance: Five keys to completing the quest

The three components of the Triple Aim complement and overlap the need to reduce enterprise risk.

4/13/2017


Roaches found (again) in New Orleans care facility

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals previously reported problems

4/13/2017


Study says clean scopes can sit for more than two weeks

Current guidelines say time should be limited to 14 days

4/12/2017


How I stopped worrying and learned to love the gateway

The four benefits of using a gateway in your IoT design

4/12/2017


Linen storage issues found at UPMC Shadyside

Surprise inspection uncovered clean and soiled linens were not stored according to standards

4/11/2017


System uses bacteria to purify water

A University of British Columbia-developed system that uses bacteria to turn non-potable water into drinking water

4/11/2017


Hygiene matters on World Health Day and beyond

Good hygiene is a joint effort that depends on hospital administrators and environmental services staff

4/11/2017


Cal/OSHA’s healthcare workplace violence rules take effect

Effective April 1, some employers must develop and implement a workplace violence prevention plan

4/10/2017


Pa. healthcare facility cited for using dirty scope

Crozer-Chester Medical Center allowed an improperly cleaned endoscope to be used in a surgical procedure

4/10/2017


CMS urges action on required emergency exercises

Medical facilities warned not to wait until fall to implement new emergency preparedness rule

4/10/2017


IoT usage in healthcare facilities

A recent paper examines some of the ethical considerations

4/10/2017


Detroit hospitals submit correction plans after inspection

CMS conducted an unannounced inspection at three Detroit Medical Center hospitals in January

4/10/2017


Healthcare facility hacked by ex-employee using two-year-old credentials

Justice Department charged man with one count each of felony hacking and wire fraud

4/7/2017


UK healthcare facility to save £9m with energy upgrade

New low-carbon energy center includes a combined heat and power (CHP) unit

4/7/2017


Ontario healthcare facility hydro bill up despite cutting energy consumption by 25 percent

The cost of energy represents less than one per cent of the hospital's entire budget

4/7/2017


Hospital installs bacteria-fighting operating room light fixtures

Lights reduce harmful bacteria, including MRSA and C-diff, up to 70% beyond routine disinfection

4/7/2017


Biopesticide could defeat bed bugs' insecticide resistance

New compound is based on Beauveria bassiana, a natural fungus that causes disease in insects

4/6/2017


Master planning healthcare wireless networks

Healthcare facilities should assess current and future needs

4/6/2017


Day-specific colored bedding used to improve hygiene

Color-coding can help ensure a sanitation plan is followed

4/6/2017


Aligning healthcare information security with physical safety

Dual security concerns involve different departments with different roles and responsibilities

4/6/2017


Healthcare facility says rising energy bills not affecting patient care

Energy bills at Health Sciences North went up by about $1 million over the past five or six years

4/6/2017


Some fear purple ring symbol in facilities could stigmatize dementia patients

A symbol that would be hung in or outside the room of a patient with dementia is intended to improve workplace safety in Manitoba health facilities

4/5/2017


Wireless cabinet locks facilitate hospital security

Managers need efficient ways to secure medical cabinets

4/5/2017


Amateur radio operators keep emergency communication going at Indiana hospitals

Though called amateur radio, professional first-responders are respectful of its role in their disaster-response plans

4/4/2017


Cutting risk of water-borne infections

The American Society for Healthcare Engineering suggests 10 steps to combat Legionella and other pathogens

4/4/2017


Tips for buying a whole-room disinfection system for an outpatient environment

Whole-room disinfection systems don't replace traditional cleaning methods

4/4/2017


Massachusetts hospital has launched an interactive map and virtual tour platform

The map, built by concept3D using its atlas3D platform, is navigable via desktop and mobile device

4/4/2017


Security at nursing home where sex assault occurred called 'non-existant'

Residents of nursing home in Buffalo, N.Y., were unaware convicted sex offender lived there

4/3/2017


Building automation evolving

BAS may eventually mean automated actions, as well as data

4/3/2017


Insiders linked to majority of February healthcare data breaches

Thirty-one healthcare breach incidents were reported in the month

4/3/2017


Active incident training must go beyond a focus on active shooters

Immediate entry and fast-moving tactics now constitute the majority of active shooter training

3/31/2017


Boasting healthcare facilities' cybersecurity

Cybersecurity spending increased by nearly $74 billion in 2016

3/31/2017


Course offered on planning for biosafety environments

Course aims to revolutionize the design, construction, management and delivery of environments where infectious disease needs to be controlled

3/31/2017


Tips for better healthcare cybersecurity

Culture change can help providers improve their healthcare cybersecurity measures

3/30/2017


Mass. healthcare facility installing rooftop solar array

Countryside Health Care of Milford will construct a 261 kilowatt rooftop solar array on the rehabilitation facility

3/30/2017


Commercial laundries lauded for safety

Op-ed says commercial laundries serve hospitals safely and effectively

3/30/2017


Security staff saves man who set himself on fire in Detroit hospital

Man walked into Beaumont Hospital’s Dearborn pharmacy with a two liter soda bottle of gasoline

3/29/2017


Advances in energy management changing systems

Building automation also changing energy investments

3/29/2017


Chefs looking at healthcare positions for challenges, benefits

When healthcare took hold, an increasing number of chefs with formal training have joined food services

3/29/2017


Hospital cleaners awarded damages over toxic fumes

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

3/28/2017


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



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