Safety - November 2014

Ebola-proofing often an improvisation

Efforts have been guided by principals from clinics in Africa and the few full biocontainment facilities in the U.S.

11/26/2014


Florida facility focuses on Ebola prep

Flagler County hospital dedicating and segregating a part of its facility for treatment

11/24/2014


Miami hospital hit by rash of tire thefts

Tires are stolen from cars in Ryder Trauma Center-secured lot

11/24/2014


Survey shows growing workplace violence in healthcare

Analysis shows that the violent crime rate per 100 beds increased from 2012 to 2013

11/21/2014


Infection control tips in the age of Ebola

There is a growing body of evidence that 'disinfected' medical devices are not as clean as they need to be

11/20/2014


Shred bin Q&A

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

11/20/2014


Houston Medical Center adds UV technology to infection control

UV protocol adds extra layer of protection in the war against infections

11/20/2014


Ebola fears spark equipment companies to restrict service

Diagnostic labs refuse to accept patients' blood or tissue samples

11/19/2014


Study: Hospital workers wash hands less toward end of shift

Workers probably wash their hands less as the workday progresses because the mental reserves they need to follow rules are depleted

11/17/2014


Minnesota hospitals deal with increase in patient violence

Attack on nurses at a Maplewood hospital highlights daily issue for healthcare workers

11/17/2014


U.K. not prepared for Ebola, expert says

Safety procedures are not being followed strictly enough to prevent medical staff from becoming infected, Ebola expert says

11/14/2014


Faulty sprinklers cause flooding at Jersey City Medical Center

The first-floor lobby of New Jersey facility floods when two sprinklers in the lobby inadvertently turned on

11/14/2014


Hospital designers balance safety and luxury

'Airportlike' screening for patients and other safety elements are being incorporated

11/13/2014


Interpreting the Life Safety Code

It is often risky to offer advice on code interpretation if you are not the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ)

11/12/2014


Report says infections, accidents and injuries remain problems despite gains

Leapfrog's Hospital Safety Scores show that while hospitals are doing better implementing safety processes, performance on outcomes lags

11/11/2014


WHO updates personal protective equipment guidelines for Ebola

Guidelines to clarify PPE options and provide information for procurement of PPE stock in the current Ebola outbreak

11/10/2014


Facilities experts urge Ebola prep

Hospitals encouraged to prepare facilities now so they are ready to respond to pandemics and viral outbreaks

11/7/2014


Architects design for safety

Healthcare designers try to create homey - yet secure - environments

11/7/2014


Demand for Ebola supplies up

Some experts worried about price gouging, shortages and hoarding

11/6/2014


Pakistani hospitals set up disaster management wards

Four hospitals in Karachi equipping facilities in preparation for approaching cyclone

11/6/2014


Two Virginia hospitals achieve infection risk certification

Hospitals are the first certified in a new program focusing on managing infection risk

11/6/2014


Study links armed guards to less hospital violence

International Healthcare Security and Safety Foundation study found a 41 percent lower risk of physical assaults where Tasers were available to security personnel

11/6/2014


'Homelike' setting in senior care not so important, study says

Safety and caring staff members seen as more important

11/5/2014


Common security framework can be key tool for healthcare facilities

A CSF is a single security framework that healthcare providers can use to address security challenges. The framework includes federal and state regulations, standards and frameworks

11/4/2014


Ebola may be draining resources from other efforts

More time spent on Ebola can mean less time to handle day-to-day demands, particularly the Enterovirus D-68 outbreak and the approaching flu season

11/3/2014


Good hand hygiene essential in HAI battle against health

Cleaning hands remains the single most effective known pathogen prevention process

11/3/2014


Making a hospital 'Ebola ready'

New York City’s Bellevue Hospital upgrades isolation rooms and is building a separate laboratory to handle blood work

11/3/2014


Great Neck facility to build bio-containment unit

North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System is planning to build a biological containment unit to strengthen its response to infectious disease outbreaks

11/3/2014


Associations issue statement on processing biohazardous medical waste

Outbreak of Ebola has raised questions about the correct handling of Ebola-contaminated biohazardous medical waste

11/3/2014



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