Facility Operations

Baltimore hospital apologizes after security guards leave discharged patient on street in hospital gown

Hospital system is talking to everyone who came into contact with the woman

1/16/2018


Legionnaires’ risk can't be eliminated at Illinois VA home

13 people have died of Legionnaires’ disease at Quincy healthcare facility

1/16/2018


Ham radio operators train to help healthcare facilities, others in disasters

Operators take classes on operating in a hospital

1/16/2018


Healthcare facilities weigh in on weather safety for employees

Some hospitals offer sleeping accommodations, food and other essential items.

1/16/2018


Noisy ORs can put patients at risk

Excessive noise can be distracting to healthcare providers

1/16/2018


Health system moves food service beyond tray line

Diet clerks virtually track nutritionals as the patients place their order, guiding them through their options

1/16/2018


Minneapolis hospital develops emergency plan for Super Bowl

Road closures around the stadium will affect routes ambulances take to Hennepin County Medical Center

1/15/2018


How hospitals safely dispose of infectious fluid waste

Proper waste disposal practices are a crucial part of a safe working environment

1/15/2018


Top application security threats

Although social media apps have revolutionized the healthcare industry and changed the way patients and providers interact, they also have opened new avenues for risk

1/15/2018


Healthcare facilities use various methods to keep dementia patients safe

Studies suggest that the unexplained absence of a nursing home resident is one of the most challenging issues for facilities

1/15/2018


Oregon hospital lauded for infection-control efforts

Portland Business Journal named Samaritan Albany General Hospital the least infected facility among 61 hospitals in the state for 2016

1/12/2018


New hospitals bring new tech challenge

The tech crews at OSF HealthCare face a formidable challenge of simultaneously replacing the entire IT systems at two hospitals

1/12/2018


Fresno VA facility tested for Legionnaires'

Residents, staff and visitors at the Veterans Home are getting bottled water

1/12/2018


Cyberattack takes down New York hospital’s computer systems

Jones information technology experts partnered with IT professionals from the University of Rochester, Noyes, and St. James hospitals

1/12/2018


Select an HVAC system for a healthcare facility

Energy efficiency is also critical in choosing the best system

1/12/2018


Office workers at Scottish health board redeployed to hospital cleaning due to flu outbreak

NHS was swamped by an outbreak of flu and respiratory illness

1/11/2018


Recent and ongoing outbreaks listed

Regions of the United States have experienced outbreaks caused by bacteria and viruses in recent months

1/11/2018


Healthcare IT trends in 2018

Welcome to the age of affordability in healthcare

1/11/2018


Geisinger Health removes sugar-sweetened beverages from campuses

Geisinger food service locations will no longer sell regular soda, sugar-added fruit juices, sugar-sweetened teas, sugar-added energy drinks, bottled sugar-added iced coffee drinks and flavored milks

1/11/2018


N.Z. hospital stops frozen-meal program due to safety concerns

Tokoroa Hospital has stopped selling meals to the community, made from the surplus food cooked for patient meals

1/10/2018


How to respond to a healthcare data breach

The cause is as important as the solution

1/10/2018


Takeaways from online security summit

Event explored active shooter response, weather plans and lockdowns

1/10/2018


CDC to issue guidance to prepare for nuclear war

Hospital disaster planning has shifted to preparing for mass casualties

1/9/2018


Boston area healthcare facilities were prepared for storm

Hospitals opened rooms so staff could stay overnight

1/9/2018


2017's worst healthcare data breaches

Data show hundreds of incidents in the past two years, affecting tens of millions of individuals

1/9/2018


Building energy modeling can help build an HVAC plan

Modeling systems can help facilities reach optimal efficiency

1/9/2018


Most US cooling towers contain Legionella bacteria

Study finds Legionella bacteria is percent in 84 precent of towers

1/9/2018


Amtrak derailment emergency response went well

Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia drills two to three times a year on its disaster response

1/9/2018


Remembering Ebola two years later

Are healthcare facilities prepared for another outbreak?

1/8/2018


Healthcare facilities leading way in climate change prep

Hospitals are recycling, turning off lights and computers, planting trees in the community, and buying Energy Star-certified equipment

1/8/2018


Healthcare facilities looking at new ways to reduce noise

Hospital noise is a growing concern for patients, family and staff

1/8/2018


New Orleans healthcare facility deploys infection-fighting robots

The robots can destroy deadly pathogens and multi-drug resistant organisms

1/8/2018


Infections are common in nursing homes, punishment is not

Repeat citations are common, fines are rare

1/8/2018


Tesla helps Puerto Rico hospital retain power

Company donates photovoltaic system

1/5/2018


Study explores microbial colonies in ORs

The microbial concentration influences surgical site infection rates

1/5/2018


French survey shows patients happy with care but not the food

Hospital food was identified by the study as one of the main areas requiring improvement

1/5/2018


Building energy modeling can help build an HVAC plan

Modeling systems can help facilities reach optimal efficiency

1/5/2018


Key points in mass-casualty disaster planning

Many facilities overlook this type of emergency

1/5/2018


London Hospital allows horse to visit patient before Christmas

Horse's box was parked in an ambulance bay and the horse rode the elevator up 13 floors

1/4/2018


Mayo workers who went on one-day strike back to work in a week

Mayo officials said they had to fulfill a one-week contract signed with replacement workers

1/4/2018


Los Angeles County adds recuperative beds to help homeless

Two-hundred fifty new beds brings the total to 432

1/4/2018


Spanish hospital wins battle with two superbugs

From July to October 2015, the infection control team identified a surge in cases of patients infected or colonized with OXA-48-PE or MRAB.

1/4/2018


Belfast children's hospital cited for water safety problems

A series of failings have been uncovered at Northern Ireland's regional children's hospital

1/4/2018



Cleveland Clinic moving toward carbon-neutrality

Health system planning renewable energy purchases, continued energy efficiency

1/3/2018


Hospital's HVAC upgrades benefit from in-house expertise

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

1/3/2018


Study says thinking about germs makes people concerned about their appearance

Findings suggest that the possibility of contagion activates the 'behavioral immune system'

1/3/2018


Seniors expected to shake up facility food service

Study identifies five ways tomorrow's seniors could affect foodservice offerings

1/3/2018


Spokane healthcare facility sued after 85-year-old woman falls in construction zone

Woman walked past an empty nurses station, through an unlocked door and fell into a construction pit

12/29/2017


Nashville VA deploys germ-zapping robots

Studies have found the VA to be more aggressive at controlling infection rates than other large hospital systems

12/29/2017


Building conditions cause most services to be cut at Kitty Hawk healthcare facility

Despite repairs, facility issues were ongoing.

12/29/2017


Mayo OKs visible body art for staff

Currently, employees must keep their tattoos covered

12/28/2017


Chicago hospital nurses say violence isn’t monitored

Informal survey found that one in three nurses were kicked or hit

12/28/2017


How hospitals use energy

Energy efficiency and patient satisfaction intersect in healthcare facilities

12/28/2017


Several challenges expected to shape healthcare IT in 2018

Three areas of uncertainty will have implications for the information systems

12/28/2017


Canadian healthcare energy costs down, but spending is up

Government hospital funding is up by 59 percent

12/28/2017


'Appalling' Adelaide mental health unit closed

Unit of Lyell McEwin Hospital in Australia called 'appalling and unsafe'

12/28/2017


The right communication can improve patient satisfaction

Infographic charts key patient touchpoints

12/27/2017


How to fund and implement high-touch digital signage

Digital signage can help a healthcare facility reach varied audiences

12/27/2017


Penn State healthcare facility CHP plant expected to save $2.5 million a year

The plant is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 44,000 tons per year

12/27/2017


Eight cybersecurity tools your healthcare facility needs today

Many companies are simply not investing enough in IT security, despite the obvious threats

12/27/2017


Eliminating the environment from the infection equation

Mother says she informed hospital staff of the boy's allergies

12/22/2017


Maryland hospital attributes success to giving IT staff independence

Union Hospital of Cecil County encourages IT 'adventures'

12/22/2017


LED lighting can save lives, energy in hospital parking garage

Reston Hospital is expecting an 81 percent reduction in annual energy consumption

12/22/2017


Inquest probes boy's death of severe food allergy reaction in hospital

Mother says she informed hospital staff of the boy's allergies

12/22/2017


UK healthcare facility admits health and safety failing after Legionnaires death

The Royal United Hospital has admitted to a breach of law

12/22/2017


AAP revises infection control guidelines for ambulatory settings

The guidelines include updates on issues including hand washing and cleaning and safety procedures

12/21/2017


Dealing with C. difficile in healthcare facilities

Newer technologies include dried hydrogen peroxide

12/21/2017


Curtailing facility water usage can aid sustainability efforts

Florida Blue put its corporate social responsibility pledge into practice five years ago by setting ambitious goals to reduce water and energy use and increase recycling

12/21/2017


Nanotexturing on stainless steel creates bacteria-killing spikes

An electrochemical etching process creates a nanotextured surface

12/21/2017


UCSF 'die-in' protests guns and Tasers in hospitals

Medical residents, students and faculty demonstrate to challenge the role of law enforcement in healthcare settings

12/20/2017


Boosting energy efficiency with building envelope retrofit

Other benefits include improved appearance and uninterrupted workflow

12/20/2017


Las Vegas hospital sued over attempted sexual assault

The lawsuit claims a psychiatric patient was unguarded and unrestrained

12/20/2017


Seattle healthcare facility installing large solar array

Harborview Medical Center's installation will be the largest system of its kind on a Washington hospital

12/20/2017


'Bring your own device' policies should set alarm bells ringing

A survey by ISACA suggests that 54 percent of employees have a personal device they use for work

12/19/2017


Alignment, analytics and aggregation can boost energy savings

Energy supply management should keep pace with operational changes

12/19/2017


Smaller healthcare facilities partner to adapt to changing landscape

People across 46 communities in north-central North Dakota and northwest Minnesota are served by outreach programs

12/19/2017


Former guards cleared in death of patient at Mass. hospital

Former guards at Bridgewater State Hospital were charged after patient had a heart attack when strapped to his bed

12/19/2017


West Virginia health system runs dorm for commuting nurses

One floor and 44 rooms in a nearby dormitory are for nurses who have to travel at least 60 miles

12/18/2017


Hospitals look to hotels for patient satisfaction tactics

Medical researchers say some amenities can improve health outcomes by reducing stress and anxiety

12/18/2017


Communicating the importance of good laundry practices in infection control

Healthcare textiles are a common factor in virtually every patient’s experience

12/18/2017


Universal design principles can help make healthcare spaces work for everyone

Healthcare facilities should be able to improve human performance, health and wellness and social participation, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

12/18/2017


Adding beds might not solve Canadian 'hallway medicine'

Some say healthcare crunch needs more staff and innovation

12/15/2017


Hawaii State Hospital requires security upgrades before renovations

Oahu puts new demands on the hospital before it can expand

12/15/2017


Hospitals save lives and money by investing in climate resilience

New report says preparing for extreme weather offers significant financial benefit

12/15/2017


Computer stolen From UNC facility in Burlington puts patient info at risk

24,000 patients' info affected by the theft

12/15/2017


Southern California's hospitals braced for disaster as embers ignite

Health officials in Ventura, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties warned of high pollution levels caused by smoke

12/14/2017


Infection preventionists' holiday wish list

System that encourages staff to wash their hands is on the list

12/14/2017


Smart bathroom design can curb spread of hospital infections

Many patients contract new illnesses from pathogens they contact during a hospital stay

12/14/2017


Maximizing cooling tower technology for HVAC, power and industrial applications

New technology advancements provide up to 50 percent more cooling capacity, greater energy and installation savings, fewer components and easier maintenance*

12/14/2017


White paper on energy savings available

'Energy savings — Realistic Expectations' downloadable from Medical Construction & Design website

12/14/2017


'Three-bucket' sustainability

The easiest way to accomplish sustainability goals is to take it a step at a time

12/14/2017


N.Y. hospitals offering healthier choices in cafeterias, machines

Canton-Potsdam Hospital has committed to doubling the amount spent on locally grown produce for use in the cafeteria

12/14/2017


Patients evacuated before Calif. hospital burns

Vista Del Mar Hospital in Ventura destroyed by wildfires

12/13/2017


Healthcare facilities can generate energy savings with GPOs

Group purchasing organizations help health systems lock in prices

12/13/2017


Supersized food can mean undersized profits for healthcare facilities

When it comes to offering healthier food options in their cafeterias and gift shops, most U.S. hospitals may be 'penny wise and pound foolish'

12/13/2017


California hospital staff lauded for active-shooter response

Bakersfield healthcare facility was locked down after a man was spotted in the employee parking lot with a rifle

12/13/2017


Northwest hospital food: Not just for patients anymore

Some healthcare facilities are serving up such good hospital food that locals are choosing to eat their meals there

12/13/2017


Vanderbilt recognized for excellence in infection prevention

VUMC is the first hospital system in the nation to receive the (APIC) Program of Distinction designation

12/12/2017


Center for Disaster Medicine brings a clinical perspective on emergency planning

Group has roots in 2001 efforts to answer questions about emergency preparedness that were raised after the 9/11

12/12/2017


Growing hospital energy costs can be managed

Low-hanging fruit includes turning off or reducing power to electronic equipment that is not being used

12/12/2017


Four things to know about preparing for winter weather

How to help your organization plan for and respond to weather emergencies

12/11/2017


Geisinger focuses on ES department career advancement

Health system working to redefine environmental services

12/11/2017


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

12/11/2017


2017's biggest healthcare cyberattacks listed

The U.S. healthcare sector experienced roughly 336 data breaches as of Nov. 29

12/11/2017


Healthcare facilities energy efficiency challenge

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

12/8/2017


Ontario plans to reinvest energy savings into patient care

The province is investing $64 million this year in the Hospital Energy Efficiency Program

12/8/2017


Miami VA hospital cafeteria so dirty it had to be fumigated

Inspection found evidence of insects, rodent droppings

12/8/2017


Nurse stabbed in N.J. hospital parking lot where staff had asked for more security

Union members met with hospital management to discuss increased safety

12/7/2017


Healthcare facility staff serve up Christmas dinner to patients

The catering team at James Paget University Hospital in Norfolk, England, provides a traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings

12/7/2017


Sinai Hospital increases security after Baltimore campus employees targeted

Hospital recently upgraded lighting in parking lots and installed additional security cameras

12/7/2017


RFID, other technologies impacting healthcare facilities

Growth and profitability will depend upon a realignment of infrastructure

12/7/2017


Infectious disease response guide for hospitals published

Paper’s main goal is to develop tools and strategies for prevention and management

12/6/2017


Nonclinical staff has role in patient satisfaction

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

12/6/2017


Free white paper on healthcare facility digital signage available

New technology options and tools for both patients and staff

12/6/2017


Safety system investments helped Houston’s healthcare facilities withstand Harvey

Lessons from Tropical Storm Allison helped limit impact of hurricane

12/6/2017


Sturgeon Falls hospital project to cut hydro costs

The program is an initiative of the Climate Change Action Plan

12/6/2017


Florida Keys airport may get pop-up hospital

Fishermen’s Community Hospital's temporary facility will move

12/5/2017


How the health industry can benefit from having a visitor registration system

Healthcare facility security must contend with security threats while balancing the need to maintain an open and inviting environment

12/5/2017


Sudbury hospital to get almost $1.3 million in funding for energy efficiency projects

In all, Ontario is funding 180 projects this year at 98 hospitals

12/5/2017


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

12/5/2017


Choosing the right LEDs for lighting retrofits

Hundreds of products are available for converting linear fluorescent fixtures to use light emitting diode technologies

12/5/2017


Texas hospital engineers energy savings, boosts patient satisfaction

MD Anderson works to improve temp control in patient rooms

12/5/2017


California healthcare facility to use ER overflow tent during flu season

Move was necessary because of an early flu season and the closure of nearby facilities

12/4/2017


Los Angeles launches seismic program with compliance notices

Large healthcare systems are factoring regulations into their capital plans

12/4/2017


Many healthcare facilities still need to power up for the digital age

Survey finds facilities don’t have the equipment to support digital goals

12/4/2017


Pennsylvania hospital producing most of its own power

Lancaster General Hospital is buying less electricity because of new power plant that runs on natural gas

12/4/2017


Building automation systems can boost energy savings

Technology can control every aspect of a healthcare facility's HVAC system

12/4/2017


Search after killer's escape from Hawaii hospital spurs call for security review

Another patient was caught with a fake driver's license

12/1/2017


Healthcare cybersecurity concerns go beyond medical information

Patients could potentially be blackmailed due to sensitive information contained in health records

12/1/2017


Idaho fire blaze may spark fire code review

The Safe Haven Care Center in Pocatello that was destroyed by a fire met all applicable fire codes

12/1/2017


12 Florida nursing home patient deaths ruled homicides

Patients died from environmental heat exposure after Hurricane Irma knocked out the power to the central air conditioning

11/30/2017


Interoperability lessons learned from disasters

Tragic events highlight the necessity for preparing healthcare facility information-sharing systems

11/30/2017


Gundersen Health credits smaller price increase to energy independence

System's 1.8 percent hike lowest in 20 years

11/30/2017


Tips for hiring healthcare cybersecurity pros

Cybersecurity requires people from all backgrounds and majors

11/30/2017


Study: C. diff mostly found in floor corners after disinfection

Study identifies sites where spores persist

11/30/2017


Telemedicine could be impacted by loss of net neutrality

Rural healthcare organizations could be hurt by policy changes

11/29/2017


A regular maintenance schedule protects flooring investment

Facility appearance ratings can drop by as much as 75 percent if floor shine makes a bad first impression

11/29/2017


Ontario healthcare facilities reducing carbon footprint

Province is investing in hospitals to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gases and redirect savings into patient care

11/29/2017


Healthcare facility design advancing safety standards

The standards are based on the concept of a highly reliable organization, which focuses on avoiding catastrophes in an environment where normal accidents can be expected, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

11/29/2017


Choosing reusable vs. disposable underpads

Reusable underpads may offer cost savings and usability benefits to healthcare facilities

11/28/2017


Fla. nursing home says Irma deaths not staff’s fault

Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills sends letter to Congress says staff could't overcome lack of power to the central air conditioner

11/28/2017


Why your employees are the greatest risk to HIPAA compliance

Often, conversations about HIPAA violations center around technological issues. The remaining compliance violations are related to employee actions and behaviors.

11/28/2017


Las Vegas hospital offers lessons in disaster planning

The emergency room at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center responded to the recent mass shooting

11/28/2017


Parkland Hospital ER uses purple lights to improve patient flow

Consultants from Toyota worked on improving discharge time

11/27/2017


Arming security officers with tablets may boost productivity

Tablets can streamline processes, improve communication

11/27/2017


Maintaining security with contract cleaning staff

Improved and standardized security checks urged

11/27/2017


Door alarms can limit OR foot traffic

Excessive foot traffic can send contaminates into the sterile field

11/27/2017


48 hours after fire at Pa. senior facility, some residents were still missing

Residents were evacuated into bitter cold, and 27 were transported to hospitals

11/22/2017


Indiana hospital adopts recycling program for clean waste

Surgery generates about one-fourth of all hospital waste

11/22/2017


Hawaii hospital boosts security after dangerous patient escapes to California

'Pathological predator' managed to fly to California before being caught

11/21/2017


Va hospital cancels elective surgeries after particles found on equipment

Inova Fairfax Hospital found sandlike particles on sterilized surgical trays and instruments

11/21/2017


Ottawa Hospital plans new unit for preemies

The renovations and expansion will provide more space, which will allow for single rooms

11/21/2017


Study finds copper surfaces in fitness and healthcare facilities reduce bacteria

Inova Fairfax Hospital found sandlike particles on sterilized surgical trays and instruments

11/21/2017


Study: US hospitals' HAI risk down 22 percent

Results suggest that national efforts to prevent healthcare-associated infections are succeeding

11/21/2017


The foundation to build an interoperable ecosystem: APIs

Short for Application Programming Interfaces, APIs are like connectors that allow you to access information on your application or software.

11/20/2017


Energy project creates savings for Oxford hospitals

The new engine, boilers and heat pipe link between two facilities has already saved the NHS trust £231,000 in its first month

11/20/2017


Indiana hospital starts own police force

Community Hospital Anderson formerly relied on officers from local communities

11/20/2017


PCI FAQs and myths

Without a secure infrastructure to protect their sensitive information, patients risk having their financial information and even their identities stolen

11/20/2017


San Juan VA hospital sheltering veterans after hurricane

In many instances the VA has kept people after they were stabilized, because they had nowhere else to go

11/17/2017


DC VA cancels surgeries over concerns about surgical equipment

The surgical devices were discolored and may have been subjected to an overabundance of cleaning solution

11/17/2017


Nashville hospital to end inpatient care

Nashville General Hospital is the the city’s only safety net hospital

11/17/2017


Reasons why telehealth is gaining momentum

New bills in Congress are helping the implementation of telehealth programs

11/17/2017


Oregon hospital working to change perception of hospital food

About 80 percent of food served at St. Charles Prineville is for medical staff, friends and family of patients, and the general public

11/17/2017


Report explores emergency preparedness for healthcare facilities

White paper focuses on the role of facility management during emergency events and for CMS compliance

11/17/2017



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