Facility Operations

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


Montana healthcare facility reviews security after fire

Surgeon’s home was destroyed by a disgruntled former patient

4/27/2017


VDI can boost IT security for healthcare facilities

Virtual desktop infrastructure solutions use an on-site or cloud-based data center to host an organization's files, data and applications

4/27/2017


Biofilm study found high contamination rates on dry hospital surfaces

Researchers collected samples from the hospitals after environmental cleaning procedures were done

4/27/2017


Virginia healthcare facility undergoes deep clean after bacterial infection outbreak

Six patients were infected with extended spectrum beta lactamase-producing Klebsiella

4/27/2017


Bringing from-scratch cooking into hospitals

Chef has introduced local sourcing and from-scratch cooking into healthcare and other institutional settings

4/26/2017


Don’t get caught in the dark, make sure your backup power is hurricane ready

May 15th through the 21st is Hurricane Preparedness Week.

4/26/2017


Staten Island ambulatory care facility built with modular construction

Project expected to significantly reduce construction waste

4/26/2017


Legionella risk management in cooling towers for protective care

Hospital buildings have multiple complex water systems, and since many people staying in hospitals already have a suppressed immune system due to illness, it greatly increases their risk for Legionella infection

4/26/2017


Anesthesia machine cover designed for OR infection control

Anesthesia machines may pose risk for exposure to pathogens

4/25/2017


Legislation would outlaw surgical smoke in Calif.

Bill that would mandate the use of smoke-evacuation systems

4/25/2017


Virginia healthcare facility adds restaurant-style food service

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital redesigns its 14,000-square-foot cafeteria

4/25/2017


Hacked healthcare records could harm patients

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

4/25/2017


DMC Children’s Hospital passes follow-up investigation

Michigan healthcare facility no longer in danger of losing federal funding

4/24/2017


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


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



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