Facility Operations - October 2014

Florida nursing home cited for rats

Citrus Gardens, in Fort Myers, Fla., was cited by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for a rat infestation, according to an article on the Long-term Living website

10/31/2014


Laundry council backs CDC Ebola guidelines

The Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) is advising healthcare laundries to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on processing Ebola-related linens

10/31/2014


Fire-rated door frame Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about fire-rated door frames

10/31/2014


Hospitals review infection control practices amid Ebola fears

Experts say renewed education and training efforts may lead to more hospitals revamping their protocols and being more prepared in the future

10/30/2014


Ebola risk management tips for healthcare facilities

Internal risk management strategy should include the establishment of policies, training and demonstrable due diligence

10/30/2014


Green initiatives gaining favor with hospitals

Sustainability believed to be a deciding factor for patients when choosing hospitals, survey says

10/30/2014


N.Y. prison expands medical facility

$32 million expansion of the Mohawk Correctional Facility designed to be safer and more cost-effective

10/30/2014


Health system switches to meats without unnecessary antibiotics

Morrison Healthcare Partners with Health Care Without Harm in serving meat and poultry without unnecessary antibiotics

10/30/2014


Optimizing lighting and HVAC control can save money

Light and HVAC play a critical role in creating an ideal healing environment

10/29/2014


Facilities professionals must communicate how they contribute to the organization as a whole

The evolving healthcare industry may offer new opportunities for facility managers prepared to take advantage of them

10/29/2014


Download free whitepaper on hand hygiene

Paper on Infection Control Today website discusses the effects of hand hygiene on skin

10/29/2014


About one in six doctor visits will be virtual in 2014

Virtual visits are expected to save $5 billion this year

10/29/2014


Mandatory Ebola quarantine criticized

Doctors Without Borders, the New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology disagree with the states' actions

10/28/2014


Controlling allergies in a long-term living facility

A blog on the Long-Term Living website offers five environmental tips to surviving allergy season

10/28/2014


Testing can help clarify wayfinding system

Munson Medical Center's process improvement exercises helped pinpoint problems in their signage and communication, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

10/28/2014


Prevent winter pest problems

As colder weather drives pests indoors, integrated pest management minimizes the risk of infestations

10/27/2014


Pittsburgh facility ups hand-hygiene compliance to nearly 100 percent

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian initiative includes education and accountability measures

10/27/2014


NYC healthcare workers readying for Ebola

Workers urged to calm rampant public fears over Ebola

10/24/2014


Liquid oxygen transfilling Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about liquid oxygen transfilling operations

10/24/2014


N.J. bill would give power-restoration priority to healthcare facilities

Electric companies say healthcare facilities are already among the first customers they consider when getting service back to normal after an extended outage

10/24/2014


Hospital security departments bracing for Ebola impact

Hospitals are re-examining their plans to ensure they are prepared to meet the challenges

10/23/2014


Twin Cities hospitals help anchor local food movement

Most medical centers and colleges have come together to broaden their collective impact by purchasing more local goods and services

10/23/2014


UK hospital criticized for filthy conditions

Patient sat on a pressure cushion covered in previous patient's feces for a week, according to family

10/23/2014


Facility managers feeling effect of healthcare industry changes

Industry veteran says facility managers need to stay involved or risk being left behind

10/23/2014


Western Massachusetts hospital earns LEED HC Gold

The project's brownfield site was once a rope mill and included salvageable brick and other materials that were incorporated into the new structure

10/23/2014


CDC issues stronger standards for Ebola healthcare workers

Updated protocols include personal protective equipment that covers the entire body and leaves no skin exposed

10/22/2014


Ebola units have few rooms

Only four hospitals in the country have high-level containment units and each has the capacity to treat only a handful of Ebola patients at once

10/22/2014


Maintaining Joint Commission accreditation

Various state agencies utilize Joint Commission accreditation as a condition for Medicare payments, so accreditation is even more important with the Affordable Care Act

10/22/2014


San Antonio hospital energy investments save money

Sky Tower at University Hospital includes an array of energy-saving technology and building materials

10/22/2014


Energy measurement best practices for healthcare

Effective measurement and control can help ensure healthcare facilities get the best return on their energy investments

10/22/2014


UK hospital patient dies after dietary mistake

Croydon University Hospital staff gives patient solid food instead of liquids

10/22/2014


Ebola preparedness urged for clinics

Stand-alone clinics need to prepare themselves for patients with Ebola-like symptoms

10/21/2014


Ebola raises concerns over infection controls

The track record of the nation's hospitals in controlling other infections suggests a lot of them aren't prepared

10/21/2014


Iowa hospital works to decrease patient falls

Horn Memorial Hospital, Ida Grove, was one of three Iowa hospitals to be recognized by the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative for their success in significantly reducing their patient fall rate

10/21/2014


Improving hand-washing compliance

Hospitals are adopting direct observation, education and creative signage initiatives to increase hand washing among staff

10/21/2014


OSHA issues Ebola guidance

The agency is being urged to move forward with an infectious-disease rule initiated in 2010

10/20/2014


Appropriate technology key to hospital security

The goal should be balancing the need for a secure environment and allowing staff and visitors to move through a facility without too much hassle

10/20/2014


Detroit hospital considers outsourcing housekeeping

Move is part of a trend by hospital systems in Southeast Michigan and elsewhere

10/20/2014


Fiber optic cable Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about fiber optic cable

10/20/2014


Ebola a workplace issue for healthcare facilities

Hospitals focusing on training, communication to diminish risk and worry

10/17/2014


Facility conditions key to controlling spread of viral hemorrhagic fever

Many of the hosts that carry hemorrhagic fever viruses are rodents

10/17/2014


Saskatoon hospitals warn of thefts

Hospitals advise greater precautions to deal with thefts from patients

10/17/2014


What if a flu pandemic were to happen tomorrow?

As part of a pandemic plan, hospitals should work with a security provider to focus on crowd control and restricted access or 'lockdowns'

10/17/2014


Hospital commits to reducing its carbon footprint

George Washington University Hospital will source enough zero-emission solar power to cover about one-third of its energy needs

10/17/2014


Hospital security a growing concern

Shootings, privacy breaches and theft are just some of the challenges that hospitals face daily

10/17/2014


Community health beyond just the data

According to a blog on the Healthcare Design website, focus groups, interviews and ethnographic studies can help clarify community needs

10/17/2014


Health officials discussing designated Ebola hospitals

Bellevue Hospital Center has agreed to take confirmed cases of Ebola from the 11 hospitals within the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp.

10/16/2014


CDC's how-to on treating Ebola safely

New York Times article includes instructions, charts and graphics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

10/16/2014


Nurses at Dallas hospital say there were no Ebola protocols

Union says guidelines were constantly changing on how to deal with the virus

10/16/2014


Housekeeping leader at senior care facility honored

Monique Walker, director of housekeeping Vi at Grayhawk, recognized with 'Managers of Distinction' Award

10/16/2014


TriRivers Health Partners installs integrated power management system

System supports healthcare IT requirements and electronic health record storage

10/16/2014


Many nursing homes still lack sprinklers

A total of 385 facilities in 39 states fail to meet requirements set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

10/16/2014


Hospitals can learn from Dallas' Ebola mistakes

U.S. hospitals are concerned that more Ebola patients will emerge, pushing them to buy more protective equipment, build new isolation rooms

10/15/2014


Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center FM honored

Brian Tallmadge recognized with 'Managers of Distinction' Award

10/15/2014


Hopes realized seven years after Michigan hospital installs vegetative roof

Project enhances sustainability efforts as part of the hospital's stormwater management

10/15/2014


Choosing patient-unit flooring

A flooring mock-up can be an ideal way to show all the options

10/15/2014


Waste containers Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about waste containers

10/15/2014


Surgical fire prevention strategies

Between 550 and 650 surgical fires occur each year in the U.S.

10/15/2014


New case raises questions about treating Ebola in all hospitals

CDC considering whether patients with the virus should be transferred to hospitals with special containment units

10/14/2014


Free 'Building Commissioning for Hospitals' webcast Thursday

Webcast will include an in-depth examination of how existing building commissioning can be used to identify system improvements in hospitals to boost utility savings and capital ROI

10/14/2014


Firefighting in hospitals takes specialized training

One of the most complicated types of facilities that a firefighter will ever respond to is a healthcare center

10/14/2014


Infection-control problems found in Connecticut hospital

Community Health Services cited for inadequate handling of patients who arrive with a cough, fever or rash; unsanitary conditions and poor sterilization procedures

10/13/2014


Protecting healthcare workers from splash exposures

Splashes occur during workers' daily activities like emptying suction cups, spraying bedpans or changing fecal tubes of catheters

10/13/2014


Ensuring health facility firewall integrity

Constant construction, renovation and maintenance projects in hospitals can lead to compromises in firewall barriers

10/13/2014


Connecticut hospitals gear up for Ebola

Hospitals in the region say they have quarantine rooms at the ready

10/13/2014


When Ebola is suspected but not confirmed, linen should be left in the room until test results are obtained

If the tests show the patient is not infected, the linen can be processed according to regular procedure, if the patient has the virus, the linen should be discarded and treated as regulated medical waste

10/13/2014


A day at a Liberian Ebola clinic

An article in The New York Times examines a single day at the newly opened Ebola treatment center run by the International Medical Corps.

10/10/2014


Stabbed surgeon calls for safety boost in Australian hospitals

Secure entrances for hospital staff, restricted access to wards and regular security patrols of public areas urged for facilities

10/10/2014


Outstanding healthcare environmental services professionals honored

Honorees recognized for making a difference for patients and long-term care residents

10/10/2014


Virgin Island hospitals to be revamped to save energy

Some of the energy saving measures applied to the hospitals could save nearly $5 million annually

10/10/2014


California hospital gets seismic safety reprieve

New law allows Sutter Memorial Hospital to operate until Sept. 1, 2015 without meeting state earthquake safety rules

10/10/2014


CDC: Discard Ebola patient linens as regulated medical waste

CDC lists laundry and housekeeping staff as 'healthcare personnel' who should follow its recommendations during cleaning and disinfection activities

10/10/2014


Skilled nursing facility creates own TV station

Archie Hendricks Sr. Skilled Nursing Facility honored for technology that helps residents feel part of the nursing home and native communities

10/9/2014


Copper coated hospital beds help combat possible infections

UK hospital replaces high-touch surfaces - including bed rails, cabinet handles, chair arms, hand rails, switches and taps - with copper

10/9/2014


Single-use device reprocessing saves money and the environment

When hospitals discard items that can be reprocessed, they perpetuate the problem by creating unnecessary landfill waste

10/9/2014


U.S. nearing solution on Ebola waste issue

Experts warn that conflicting regulations could make it difficult for hospitals

10/8/2014


VA New Orleans replacement medical center has self-sustaining power plant

Plant has enough capacity for the campus to operate independently for up to five days in case of natural disaster

10/8/2014


U.S. has the healthcare system to stop Ebola

America has the facilities and equipment, public sanitation and communications infrastructure to contain outbreak

10/8/2014


Hand hygiene improves with monitoring

Study says healthcare workers' hand-hygiene compliance is better when other workers are present

10/8/2014


Feds may be lowering safety standards for Ebola waste

The Healthcare Coalition for Emergency Preparedness (HCEP) says the government will be lowering standards for disposing of Ebola waste in Dallas

10/7/2014


Calif. guv OKs one hospital workplace safety bill, vetoes another

Gov. Jerry Brown signed bill which imposes new requirements on hospitals for workplace violence plans and reporting

10/7/2014


Health system initiative to reduce red-bag waste

Inova Health System launches more aggressive waste-segregation and education strategy

10/7/2014


Book calls for detoxing healthcare

'Greening Health Care: How Hospitals Can Heal the Planet' says the healthcare industry produces waste and emissions that can make people sick

10/7/2014


CMMS success rests on having a plan, goals

Before installing a computerized maintenance management system, a facility needs a comprehensive view of how the system will function

10/7/2014


Hospital security can help contain Ebola virus

Policies and personnel can play a role in preventing the spread of Ebola

10/6/2014


Indiana health network forms its own police force

Parkview Health in Fort Wayne is first network in the state to have it's own force

10/6/2014


Environmental services 'secret weapon' against HAIs

Scientist says environmental services staff rarely appear on the radar of hospital administrators except when there's a need for budget cuts

10/6/2014


Scottish hospital not clean enough for HEI inspectors

Inspectors found contaminated linen on 'ready to use' patient beds

10/6/2014


Managing health facilities after a merger

As more health systems consolidate, facilities managers are seeing the emergence of centralized facility management

10/6/2014


Dealing with infectious disease

Issues hospitals should consider before handling an Ebola patient

10/3/2014


Electronic surveillance cuts death rates, study says

The use of an electronic physiological surveillance system correlated with two United Kingdom hospitals slashing mortality rates by more than 15 percent over the course of a year

10/3/2014


Temporary staffing in healthcare security

Careful planning can help ensure that regardless of the situation, it's (safe and secure) business as usual for your hospital

10/3/2014


Electrical closets Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about electrical closets

10/3/2014


UK hospital chlorine contamination sparks police investigation

Two patient deaths are linked to contaminated water with chlorine levels 16 times higher than accepted as safe

10/2/2014


Study says shark-skin-inspired surface helps control MRSA

Coating surfaces with microscopic bumps could limit the transmission of bacterial infections

10/2/2014


N.C. health providers team up to cut costs

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, WakeMed Health & Hospitals and Vidant Health have formed a shared-services operating company

10/2/2014


R.I. healthcare organization repurposes manufacturing space

Retrofit includes modulating boilers, packaged rooftop units

10/2/2014


Technology infrastructure can reduce costs and improve patient care

Implementing an intelligent technology infrastructure is one of the new wave of conservation measures

10/1/2014


Survey names 10 cleanest Dallas hospitals

Facilities chosen from Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey data

10/1/2014



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