Facility Operations - April 2013

Boston Marathon bombings shine spotlight on hospital emergency preparedness

While public health officials agree U.S. hospitals are more prepared to handle disasters than they were prior to the 9/11 attacks, concerns have risen in recent weeks about how funding cuts could potentially impede hospital emergency preparedness.

4/30/2013


Kaiser Permanente wins national awards for environmental practices

Kaiser Permanente has received 29 Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards for 2013.

4/29/2013


Bedbug encounters are on the rise in hospitals, nursing homes

More pest-management companies are being called to exterminate bedbugs in hospitals and nursing homes, according to a survey by the National Pest Management Association.

4/29/2013


ASHE offers course on fundamentals of healthcare facility management

The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) offers a seminar for new or aspiring healthcare facility managers.

4/26/2013


ASHE recognizes hospitals nationwide for cutting energy consumption

The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) is recognizing hospitals for their efforts to reduce energy consumption as part of ASHE's Energy Efficiency Commitment (E2C) program.

4/25/2013


Survey: Patient safety and financial stability top concerns for hospital executives

Patient safety and financial stability are cited as two of the most important issues facing hospitals today in a recent survey of hospital executives and risk managers.

4/23/2013


Feds form new advisory Health IT workgroup to safeguard patient safety

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have organized a new workgroup tasked with promoting innovation in health information technology (Health IT) while safeguarding patient safety.

4/19/2013


Mobile medical devices may pose infection threat in healthcare facilities

Improperly disinfected mobile medical equipment may be inadvertently increasing the spread of healthcare-associated infections.

4/17/2013


Redundant data facilities important for hospitals, regardless of size, budget

Tighter budgets may lead smaller hospitals to rely on a single data center, but strategies have to be worked out for backing up data in a practical fashion.

4/16/2013


Hospital plans to profit from recycling packaging used for surgical equipment

Massachusetts General Hospital is starting a pilot program to recycle and sell blue wrap used in operating rooms to package surgical equipment.

4/15/2013


Medical center takes big energy efficiency step with lighting retrofit

When the Georgia Regents Medical Center in Augusta, Ga., began pursuing Energy Star certification in 2004, it became apparent that a lighting retrofit involving almost 12,000 lamps and ballasts on the 1.6-million-square-foot campus was a necessary step.

4/12/2013


Medical center takes big energy efficiency step with lighting retrofit

When the Georgia Regents Medical Center in Augusta, Ga., began pursuing Energy Star certification in 2004, it became apparent that a lighting retrofit involving almost 12,000 lamps and ballasts on the 1.6-million-square-foot campus was a necessary step.

4/12/2013


NICU bedside cameras keep parents connected, improve communication

As part of a telehealth redesign to give parents constant access to their babies, the NICU at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah is being fitted with 195 video cameras.

4/11/2013


Effects of climate change may pose business risk for healthcare facilities

Healthcare facilities need resiliency in design and operations to be prepared for extreme weather.

4/9/2013


Surveillance system hybrids can stretch healthcare facility security dollars

Hybrid video surveillance systems capture the benefit of IP while mitigating the cost.

4/9/2013


ASHRAE publishes second edition to HVAC manual for healthcare facilities

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has published a second edition of its "HVAC Design Manual for Hospitals and Clinics."

4/9/2013


EPA announces changes to Design for Environment program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced several changes to its Design for the Environment Program (DfE) for labeling cleaning products.

4/8/2013


Hospitals could slash energy use through careful equipment purchasing

Advances in the energy efficiency of medical equipment can significantly cut plug loads in hospitals, and should be factored into purchasing decisions.

4/8/2013


Hospitals could slash energy use through careful equipment purchasing

Advances in the energy efficiency of medical equipment can significantly cut plug loads in hospitals, and should be factored into purchasing decisions.

4/8/2013


Complying with CoPs has implications for hospital security staff

Several of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Conditions of Participation come to bear on security department actions and policies.

4/4/2013


Practice Greenhealth offers webinar on risks of flame retardants

Practice Greenhealth will host a webinar on flame retardants on April 3 at 2 p.m. Eastern.

4/1/2013



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