Facility Operations

Oxford hospital closes trauma unit over cladding safety fears

John Radcliffe hospital is the first to have to transfer patients to other buildings after Grenfell Tower fire

8/16/2017


Hospital security is like an onion

Each layer – from the property perimeter to the innermost highly-sensitive areas – presents its own set of challenges that need to be addressed

8/16/2017


N.C. hospital sends family blood-stained clothing of deceased daughter

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center apologizes for package, sent three months after patient's death

8/15/2017


Wisconsin healthcare facility working to make healthy choices easier

Beaver Dam Community Hospital Cafe is designated as a Blue Zones Project-approved restaurant

8/15/2017


Healthcare cybersecurity threat growing

The security of digital health has not kept up with its growth

8/15/2017


AHA says violence cost healthcare facilities $2.7B in 2016

That number includes losses from uncompensated care and added security spending

8/15/2017


Healthcare facility renovation linked to decline in bacteria

Researchers found a sharp but temporary decline in patient colonization with vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE)

8/15/2017


First VA healthcare facility to offer room service dining gets high marks

The Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) started new food service plan four years ago

8/15/2017


CMS extends deadline for smoke barrier door inspections and tests

Facilities have until Jan. 1, 2018, to comply with an annual testing requirement for certain doors

8/14/2017


Trauma unit closed over fire safety concerns

Unit closed for 12 months while flammable cladding is replaced

8/14/2017


Affordable ways to recognize employees

Companies with a solid strategy to recognize members of their team enjoy stronger engagement, increased employee morale, a devoted spirit of customer service and lower turnover rates

8/14/2017


Pa. health systems foodservice best practices include 'Healthy Selections' options

HS+ focuses on minimally processed nutritional ingredients that contain no added sugar and are free of antibiotics, hormones, artificial preservatives, colors and sweeteners

8/14/2017


Key components to severe weather preparedness

About 98 percent of declared disasters are weather related, leading to approximately 500 deaths and $15 billion in damages annually

8/11/2017


Healthcare foodservice balances customer satisfaction and the bottom line

Healthcare executives call on foodservice directors to find solutions to financial challenges

8/11/2017


Collaborative launched for rural hospitals

New charity will offer no- and low-cost consulting services

8/11/2017


Armed dementia patient triggers lock down at Florida hospital

Florida Hospital East patient was not threatening other patients or staff.

8/11/2017


Cybercriminals may be planning a new type of attack on healthcare

There is a possibility of direct manipulation of patient data

8/10/2017


Some Portland-area healthcare facilities planning eclipse-related closures, service cuts

Many nonemergency care providers across Salem, Ore., will close or limit services on Aug. 21

8/9/2017


A ‘perfect storm’ superbug worrying infection experts

Candida auris resists usual control measures

8/9/2017


Copper in linens and surfaces can help prevent infections

Researchers found an 83 percent reduction in infections caused by Clostridium difficile

8/9/2017


Carpet Care 101 for healthcare facilities

Keeping carpets sanitary requires proper maintenance and preventative measures to minimize damage, clean effectively, and eliminate dirt and allergens from carpets as well as the air

8/9/2017


Oregon hospital prepares to care for eclipse watchers

Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital increasing amount of stored food and water

8/8/2017


Virtual assistants could change the way healthcare is delivered

Amazon's Alexa can give medical advice and look up and recite clinical information

8/8/2017


Effective and efficient dusting measures a priority at new trauma center

Renovated Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center has approximately 390,000 square feet of flooring that requires daily cleaning

8/8/2017


Illinois city threatens lawsuit over asbestos in old hospital

Aurora wants the owners of the old Copley Hospital to remove or mitigate asbestos

8/8/2017


Survey: Data breaches a concern for 95 percent of hospital CIOs

Many healthcare facilities struggle to keep up with hackers

8/7/2017


Interoperability is the heart of care coordination

As of 2015, 75% of hospitals have at least a basic EHR, a major increase from 9% less than a decade ago

8/7/2017


Healthcare environmental services workers protest in Britain’s biggest cleaners’ strike

750 of London’s lowest-paid workers take action against one of the country’s wealthiest corporation

8/7/2017


Report released on Milwaukee VA hospital's security

Overdose death of veteran is prompting changes

8/7/2017


Study finds Zika unlikely to be passed by casual contact

Sharing a fork or spoon is not enough to spread the Zika virus

8/7/2017


Colo. engineers demonstrate hospital 'germ trap'

Researchers seal off a hospital wing and adjust the existing ventilation system

8/4/2017


After-hours hospital security performing some triage duties

Private security guards are acting as the after-hours gatekeepers at Winnepeg's Misericordia Health Centre

8/4/2017


Fire safety key to window choices at U.K. hospital

Brighter, child-friendly environment also stressed for Sheffield Children's Hospital

8/4/2017


Healthcare workers pathogen exposure risks highlighted

Data provides standardized system for tracking the occupational exposures for healthcare staff

8/4/2017


Website lists waterborne pathogens more potentially dangerous than sharks

STAT published a list of waterborne pathogens with bite

8/3/2017


Buffalo healthcare facility spent nearly $10 million recovering from massive cyberattack

Erie County Medical Center didn't pay the nearly $30,000 ransom

8/3/2017


Healthcare facilities can optimize infection prevention with best practices

Drones investments may be five years away

8/3/2017



Healthcare laundry challenges include disposables, sustainability

Industry urges to fight false claims about disposable product

8/3/2017


Joint Commission lists issues contributing to healthcare workplace settings

Violence in healthcare settings is underreported and growing

8/3/2017


Patient killed, nurses injured in Pa. hospital patient room fire

Fire in room at UPMC Susquehanna started when gown catches fire

8/2/2017


Despite design precautions, psychiatric facility had 3 suicides in 2016

Less than four years ago, the facility was built with all the latest best practices in suicide prevention in mind

8/2/2017


Army hospitals deploying germ-killing robots

Three new robots were recently sent to South Korea

8/2/2017


The future of health intelligent virtual assistant market

Speech recognition technology to gain prominence over 2017-2024

8/2/2017


What does the client really want?

In order to deliver superior outcomes to healthcare clients, you have to know what your clients want

8/2/2017


VA probe looking into allegations of fly-infested operating room in N.H.

A top-to-bottom review of the Manchester VAMC is planned

8/1/2017


Australian care facility accused of not safeguarding drugs, vetting killer nurse

Insulin storage issues also a focus of the claim

8/1/2017


Keeping the power on in healthcare facilities

The Ministry of Health currently spending more than $727 million annually on security

8/1/2017


Healthcare facilities should prepare for cyberattack against power grid

Researchers urge hospitals to prepare for a cyberattack against the U.S. power grid

8/1/2017


Jamaican government increasing security at public healthcare facilities

The Ministry of Health currently spending more than $727 million annually on security

8/1/2017


Dozens of swastikas found in Long Beach hospital stairwell

Nurses at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center ask for more security

7/31/2017


Jury orders Olympus to pay hospital $6.6 million but rejects claims scopes are unsafe

Hospital must pay $1 million to deceased patient’s family

7/31/2017


Time for a checkup: Conducting hospital roof inspections

Regular maintenance will protect one of a healthcare facility's most expensive assets

7/31/2017


Bathroom doors removed after patient suicide at N.C. hospital

Investigation also found that staff members were not checking patients as they should

7/28/2017


Report: Healthcare facilities unprepared for next infectious disease outbreak

When the next outbreak hits, healthcare facilities should lead with their emergency management (EM) team.

7/28/2017


Combustible dust rule dropped in Trump deregulation push

The administration has dropped several potential workplace safety regulations

7/28/2017


Cutting costs in water management

CMS requires healthcare facilities to reduce Legionella risk in water systems

7/28/2017


Philadelphia hospital cleaners cited for state of bed railings

Doctor says fault is with design, not with environmental services

7/27/2017


Nurse pleads for more hospital security after attack

New bill would require safety plans for healthcare facilities

7/27/2017


Recognition first step in fighting violence in healthcare

Workers should be educated as to what the warning signs are

7/27/2017


Retail space gaining more importance in hospital settings

But there is still room to grow in this area

7/27/2017


Children's healthcare records especially vulnerable to cyber attacks

The healthcare industry may be more vulnerable to cyberattacks because of the wide variety of data

7/27/2017


Healthcare laundries evolve to deal with emerging issues

Laundries competing in healthcare will need to be more professional in their operations

7/27/2017


Black mold abatement underway at California hospital

Palm Drive Health Care District to pay for remodeling costs of Sonoma West Medical Center

7/26/2017


Life Safety Q&A: Locked exit doors from psychiatric unit

Brad Keyes continues the discussion on locked exit doors from psychiatric unit

7/26/2017


Wyoming healthcare facility among those affected by phone, internet outage

Outage caused by cut fiber optic cable about four miles north of Casper

7/26/2017


Sewage backup contaminated surgical instruments at VA hospital

Virginia healthcare facility forced to evacuate contaminated area

7/25/2017


Rise in dementia leads to new food service options

Program addresses residents' potential malnutrition issues

7/25/2017


Washington 'virtual hospital' provides second set of eyes on patients

CHI Franciscan's Clinical Operations Center in Tacoma monitors regional health system

7/25/2017


Glasgow hospital lauded for hygiene turnaround

Previous inspections at Hairmyres Hospital found issues

7/25/2017


Better cleaning and fewer antibiotics are cutting C. diff rates

Many healthcare facilities implemented stricter cleaning and infection control protocols

7/25/2017


The ABC of FHIR: Reinventing interoperability

FHIR was created with keeping the complexity and the sheer amount of healthcare data in mind and it takes a new, web-based approach to connecting discrete data elements

7/24/2017


LEDs can help healthcare facility become more energy efficient

Investing in energy efficiency can help to free up funds to meet the changing demands in healthcare

7/24/2017


Stanford Hospital union issues a cautionary tale

Workers claimed that healthcare system had high rates of healthcare-associated infections due to inadequate staffing and training

7/21/2017


Keys to cleanliness in an ambulatory care setting

Limited resources can make a standardized environmental cleaning program challenging

7/21/2017


Electrician's work transforms refugee hospital

Window films were added to make the hospital rooms cooler, more energy efficient

7/20/2017


Preparing for active shooter events in healthcare facilities

Hospitals should start with training employees to recognize and respond to dangers

7/20/2017


Fewer healthcare facilities planning emergency notification upgrades

Survey also indicates the authority to issue alerts is shifting

7/20/2017


N.H. VA hospital officials fired for safety issues

Staffers cite an operating room infested with flies and obsolete or unsterile surgical instruments

7/20/2017


Assessing potential utility problems and responses can help with CMS compliance

Planning for utility system failure is essential for patient care

7/20/2017


Hospital asbestos called 'a ticking time bomb'

BBC London has found 94 percent of hospitals in the city contain asbestos

7/19/2017


Healthcare facilities urged to develop systems to track security technology repairs

Maintenance issue is much bigger than most facilities realize

7/19/2017


How to improve patient safety

One such solution is strategically used patient wristbands

7/19/2017


Wyoming healthcare facility bracing for eclipse fans

Hospital preparing by shuffling around staff from its professional office building and stopping nonessential services

7/18/2017


Chicago area flooding, power outage force evacuation of hospital

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital transferred 70 patients to nearby facilities after losing power

7/18/2017


Infection rates key in Stanford Hospital, union conflict

SEIU says hospital's poor infection control practices jeopardize safety

7/18/2017


Study says bacteria adhesion does not depend on contact area size

Despite their spherical shape, the bacteria cannot be described as hard spheres when they interact with a surface

7/18/2017


Bronx hospital attack, puts focus on healthcare worker safety

What measures do hospitals take to minimize risk to their employees

7/18/2017


Specific environmental strategies needed in infection control

World Health Organization offers first-ever priority pathogens list

7/17/2017


Healing from under your feet

How resilient flooring is helping fight hospital-associated infections

7/17/2017


Hand and surface cleanliness support prevention of cross contamination

Frequently touched surfaces can collect infectious pathogens

7/17/2017


HAI reduction program developed to support environmental services

Hospital improves infection control by educating housekeeping

7/14/2017


Wired hospitals using technology to drive efficiency

Health Care's Most Wired survey suggests there's room to further integrate systems

7/14/2017


Self-cleaning touch points can support infection control

Powered by light, the self-cleaning surface use mineral nanocrystals to create an oxidation reaction

7/14/2017


Stab-proof vests urged for staff at some Perth hospitals

New figures about 50 violent incidents reported each day

7/14/2017


ASHE announces 2017 award recipients

The American Society for Healthcare Engineering is recognizing members for improving the healthcare physical environment, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

7/14/2017


Building design and construction can impact patient safety

Buildings should be designed in a way that prevents patient injury

7/14/2017


Bomb scare at Dallas VA hospital just latest in history of troubles

Physician assistant sparked concern from colleagues for months before incident

7/13/2017


Guidelines help hospitals make drink options healthier

New South Wales Health has banned the sale of sugary beverages from its healthcare facilities, but Queensland makes it optional

7/13/2017


New hospital hit by mold

Mold was found in a ward of the new Gleneagles Hospital Hong Kong

7/13/2017


Healthcare facility design can impact infection control

Environmental services should participate in the design process

7/13/2017


Hospitals reviewing security after Bronx shooting

Shooting at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center resulted in death of one doctor and injuries to six other people

7/12/2017


Surface touch frequency & hand hygiene in the patient zone

A closer look at surface contamination and compliance rates

7/12/2017


Study says recurring C. diff infections up 189% from 2001 to 2012

Findings indicate multiple recurring C. diff infections place an increased burden on healthcare system

7/12/2017


Unions claim victory in Mayo food fight

SEIU Healthcare Minnesota announces a tentative contract agreement with Morrison Healthcare

7/11/2017


Heater-cooler contamination found to be more common than previously believed

Devices have been linked to a number of infections

7/11/2017


Three hospitals fail fire safety checks after London tower fire

Buildings at London's King's College Hospital, Sheffield's children's hospital and the North Middlesex Trust have been found to have combustible cladding

7/11/2017


Study says that understanding how microbes interact with hospital surfaces is key to infection control

Previously, few studies focused on the hospital room microbiome and whether the data might affect room cleaning

7/10/2017


Healthcare facilities striving for more creativity in the kitchen

Hospital chefs and food service workers networks submit themed recipes for annual contest

7/10/2017


Doctor opens fire at a Bronx hospital, killing one and wounding six

Disgruntled doctor was armed with an AR-15 rifle that he snuck in under a lab coat

7/10/2017


Study says even clean hands can transmit MRSA in the NICU

Hospitals urged to not rely on hand hygiene alone for protecting patients

7/10/2017


Hospital's sprinklers will not be fully installed until 2020

Inspectors highlighted fire safety failures at Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary in UK three years ago

7/7/2017


Better cleaning contributes to fall in C. diff rates

Healthcare facilities are adopting stricter cleaning standards

7/7/2017


Wisconsin healthcare facilities affected by global ransomware attack

International cyberattack is having an effect on medical facilities here in Northeast Wisconsin

7/6/2017


BioPharma facility trends to watch

Facilities are a major investment for these businesses

7/6/2017


Best surface cleaning options depends on many factors

Whole-room disinfection robots may be part of best practices for outpatient facility

7/6/2017


Canadian hospitals may have exposed 1,307 patients to hepatitis B and C

Some diabetic patients were potentially exposed during individual insulin training sessions

7/6/2017


Cutting infection risk in high-traffic areas

Public spaces contain her own infection-risk issues

7/6/2017


Superheroes drop in on hospitalized children in Virginia

Window washers dressed as superheroes Spider-Man, Batman, Thor and Superman

7/5/2017


Guide looks at hospitals' response to food insecurity

AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust explores the challenges of ensuring a population has access to healthy food

7/5/2017


Mass. nurses push for safety after stabbing

Hospital asking safety officials to examine security following attack

7/5/2017


Hospital staff searches 15 tons of hospital waste to find patient's necklace

St. Luke's Hospital in Phillipsburg apologized for losing the jewelry in the first place

7/3/2017


Study focuses on better patient room cleaning methods

Researchers are using human factors engineering to optimize performance and processes

7/3/2017


Welch hospital cladding checked after London tower fire

The cladding on Singleton Hospital in Swansea will be removed and inspected as a precaution

7/3/2017


Training key to curbing hospital violence

Workplace violence injuries increased by 55 percent among nurses during this time period from 2012 to 2014

7/3/2017


Rural healthcare facility uses woodchip waste as heating fuel

Ripon Peace Memorial Hospital in Australia is heated solely from woodchip waste supplied from local sawmill

6/30/2017


The truth about disinfectant contact time

More providers are moving closer to potential patients

6/30/2017


Videos urge hospital staff to close the door on 'tailgating'

Boston hospital campaign reminds staff of safety training

6/30/2017


Study says healthcare facilities need pet therapy guidelines to limit infection

Without proper policies, pet associated infection risks may outweigh any benefits

6/29/2017


Complying with Joint Commission and CMS standards

Standards can offer a template for designing security programs

6/29/2017


Checklist for protecting your healthcare facility

A piece of the endoscopy equipment had a defect that may have prevented it from being properly disinfected

6/29/2017


Patients at Md. medical center may be infected by improperly cleaned equipment

A piece of the endoscopy equipment had a defect that may have prevented it from being properly disinfected

6/29/2017


Illinois hospital sued for red-winged blackbird attack

Suit says hospital knew it hosted aggressive birds in its landscaping but failed to block the path or post warning signs

6/28/2017


Bringing robust bandwidth support to a retirement community

The technology had to support 500+ residents with Wi-Fi-enabled Internet, and the behind-the-scenes patient management systems

6/28/2017


Adding a UV disinfection system to a healthcare cleaning routine

There are specific steps to creative an effective system

6/28/2017


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



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