Facility Operations - February 2014

Hospitals ban sugary drinks

New Zealand healthcare facilities will phase out soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks and flavored milk

2/28/2014


Pennsylvania predicts huge need for nursing home beds

State is trying to avoid spikes in the nursing home population by funding services that will allow older residents to live independently at home

2/28/2014


Technology, common sense key for hospital security

In addition to employee vigilance, cameras and security measures are in place to protect prescription drugs and other valuables

2/28/2014


Modeling can increase energy efficiency

Advanced tools enable facilities teams and their energy-industry partners to use net present value (NPV)-based cost analysis

2/28/2014


Healthcare changes spur retail, urgent care clinics growth

Customer demand and shifts in health-care policy have fostered a rapidly expanding business

2/28/2014


Exploring Presbyterian Healthcare Services patient experience efforts

Presbyterian began addressing the issue of experience in 2005. The efforts have engaged leaders and driven significant cultural and organizational changes

2/28/2014


Patient safety progress called 'excruciatingly slow'

Hospitals need more incentives to to make patient care safer, public health expert says

2/27/2014


Fire alarm system upgrade Q&A

When renovating part of a building, does the fire alarm system in the existing area of the building need to be upgraded as well?

2/27/2014


Survey: Top-level support lacking at health care data centers

Only 30 percent of the health care facilities surveyed say they have top-management support

2/27/2014


Pakistan makes medical waste top health priority

The government had given priority to environmental health, medical waste management and infection control

2/27/2014


California legislation aimed at improving elder care

Bay Area lawmakers create package to demand changes within the state Department of Social Services

2/26/2014


Study finds low rate of infections following ambulatory surgery

The absolute number of patients with these complications is still substantial, according to JAMA

2/26/2014


ASHE announces sustainability partners

American Society for Healthcare Engineering announces the first 10 allies to the Sustainability Roadmap program

2/26/2014


VA initiative slashes MRSA rates

A nationwide initiative at 133 of the VA's long-term care facilities found that using a bundled approach to prevention helped to cut overall MRSA rates by 36 percent

2/26/2014


Healthcare Design magazine honors facility manager

Mitch Goplen, vice president of facility services for the Billings Clinic, oversees more than 1 million square feet of facility space

2/26/2014


Study says healthcare organizations under siege from cyberattacks

In addition to getting access to patient files and information, the attackers infiltrated devices such as radiology imaging software, conferencing systems, printers, firewalls, Web cameras and mail servers

2/25/2014


Technology gaps threaten post-acute facilities

Without better technology capabilities, about half of providers surveyed predict they will be bought out by more capable companies by 2015

2/25/2014


'Take Care' worksite health centers accredited as patient-centered medical homes

Walgreen's worksite health centers are staffed by physicians, nurse practitioners and other medical professionals, and offer services including primary care, pharmacy, occupational health, fitness, chronic condition management, physical therapy, dental and vision

2/25/2014


CMS proposes emergency preparedness rule

Proposed Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rule would require all hospitals to develop a plan

2/25/2014


Designing for EHRs in today's healthcare facility

Process map, systems analysis and staff training keys to successful plan

2/25/2014


Insect problem, other issues reported at Connecticut VA

Federal inspectors found unsanitary conditions, an insect problem and inadequate infection control in operating rooms at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System hospital in West Haven

2/24/2014


Nine out of 10 healthcare providers call ACA a 'step forward:' survey

Eighty-six percent say the Affordable Care Act needs major changes or revisions however

2/24/2014


New program to offer long distance health services to students

With bluetooth-enabled stethoscopes, otoscopes and ophthalmoscopes, a pediatrician will see patients at the elementary school as part of a telehealth program

2/24/2014


Managing healthcare facility bed bug problems

Preventative measures must be weighed against privacy concerns

2/21/2014


Hospitals put patient safety first in storm preparation

Facilities are reviewing their weather and emergency planning policies

2/21/2014


Security product choices, maintenance can save lives

Lock-out death in Alzheimer care facilities points out importance of maintaining, monitoring security measures

2/21/2014


Concord Hospital staff to conduct active shooter training exercise

The hospital re-evaluated its own safety policies after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook

2/21/2014


Upgrading infrastructure for electronic health records

Developing an integrated, facility-wide EHR system starts with routing new cabling and wiring, installing power and data outlets, enabling Wi-Fi access and identifying information technology rack closets

2/21/2014


California prison hospital cited for unsanitary conditions

California Health Care Facility in Stockton charged with mistreatment and medical malpractice

2/20/2014


Healthcare moving toward unified building codes

ASHE Ad Hoc Committee on Healthcare reviews ICC codes and recommends changes

2/20/2014


Children's Medical Center Dallas focuses on accessible design

Main lobby receives an accessibility award for going above and beyond legal requirements

2/20/2014


Affordable Care Act impacting security

Facilities must continue to do more with less and design future changes

2/19/2014


White paper on power strips in healthcare facilities available

Paper discusses misuse of power strips in hospitals and offers guidance to avoid common mistakes that can result in citations, fines or patient injury

2/19/2014


Fire damper requirements in rated walls

Fire-rated barriers do not require fire dampers in fully ducted HVAC systems, unless the one-hour fire-rated barrier is a vertical shaft

2/19/2014


Healthcare workers report hand hygiene compliance - even with failures

Study shows providers are recording hand hygiene compliance as much higher than their actual compliance rates

2/19/2014


Effects of Quebec fire extend to US and abroad

Blaze spurs renewed calls for sprinkler systems

2/18/2014


10 reasons health care needs sustainability treatments

A sound treatment protocol should be balanced with resource conservation and management

2/18/2014


Five keys to hand hygiene compliance

A multifaceted hand hygiene initiative increases compliance, according to study

2/18/2014


Proper CCTV placement based on risk assessment

Improperly placed camera wastes proactive security measure

2/18/2014


Bat colony removed from South Carolina hospital

40 bats found in Orangeburg facility after sightings

2/14/2014


Hospital parking attendants wear CCTV cameras for own safety

Parking attendants in Scottish hospital wear cameras to prevent violence and aggression

2/14/2014


New York prohibits smoking around healthcare facilities

New law in New York State prohibits smoking within 15 feet of a hospital or residential health care facility entrance or exit

2/14/2014


Fire safety a constant focus at Vancouver nursing homes

Fatal Quebec fire brings flood of questions to elder care facilities

2/14/2014


Georgia hospital says it's snow-ready

Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton had its emergency management plan in operation long before the first snowflake fell

2/13/2014


Installing healthcare security with HIPAA and OSHA in mind

What integrators need to know in a complex hospital environment

2/13/2014


Scottish hospitals called out about dirty equipment

Inspectors cite beds, mattresses and commodes - as well as management of needles, waste and linen and continuing concerns around hand-cleaning

2/13/2014


Alcohol rubs called good alternative to hand washing

Alcohol rubs are more efficient and convenient with higher antimicrobial properties than soap

2/13/2014


SF General finds latest missing patient with new procedures

Procedures put in place recently in the wake of another missing patient who was found dead weeks after disappearing

2/12/2014


'Germinator' fights hospital infections at Cincinnati hospital

Matched pair of light machines, each around five feet tall, about 15 inches around, and 54 pounds mounted on industrial casters, clean the room with UV light

2/12/2014


Louisiana hospital adding screens against hurricane winds

More than 70 windows were pierced by debris during Hurricane Katrina, forcing patients to be moved to other parts of the hospital

2/12/2014


Ontario Hospitals foodservice goes local

With $107,000 grant from the Greenbelt Fund and the Ontario government Halton Healthcare Services will be serving local food

2/12/2014


Children's ward equipment called safety risk

New Zealand's Wellington Hospital's beds, chairs deteriorated to the point that they were too ragged to clean effectively

2/12/2014


Top budget considerations for healthcare facility managers

A facility manager's tool kit should contain ways to maximize the total cost of ownership of all the assets they maintain

2/12/2014


Lack of knowledge hurts hand hygiene compliance, study says

Researchers talked to noncompliant healthcare workers to study hand washing habits

2/12/2014


Housekeeping role called out in article series

'The Hospital' includes article and photo gallery focusing on housekeeping staff

2/11/2014


Minnesota hospital improving safety practices and looking to spread the word

St. Joe's staff trying to educate Hubbard County residents about the danger of falling and ways to prevent it

2/11/2014


Texas hospital recognized for efforts to go 'paperless'

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Analytics program measures a hospital's implementation and use of medical records

2/11/2014


Wayfinding can help building communication

Signage has been a primary method of place communication for generations and can be effective when designed with user needs in mind

2/11/2014


Energy efficiency initiative to benefit Ontario health care sector

Research suggests Ontario hospitals have the potential to reduce electricity consumption by approximately eight percent with higher savings achievable for natural gas

2/11/2014


Silencing some hospital alarms may lead to better care

Boston Medical Center is attracting national attention as a hospital that apparently has conquered alarm fatigue

2/10/2014


Antimicrobial copper listed as a Top 10 Technology to Watch in 2014

ECRI Institute evaluates the safety, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of health technologies

2/10/2014


Security gaps can cost $1.6 billion

Cutting corners on IT security can end up costing more down the road

2/10/2014


Missouri hospitals simplify 'code' calls

Plain language thought to heighten patient safety, increase response time

2/10/2014


Healthcare capital markets expect an active 2014

Changes in the healthcare delivery model could mean record year in medical office sales.

2/10/2014


UK hospital opens infection control unit

Patients with infections previously were treated in 32 side rooms spread across West Suffolk hospital

2/10/2014


Hospitals seek cure for confusing building navigation

Healthcare facilities are borrowing way finding ideas from shopping malls and airports

2/10/2014


Facilities focus on fire safety after Quebec fire

Long-term care facilities stress prevention measure in wake of fatal blaze at wood facility with no sprinklers.

2/7/2014


Events in 2013 will impact green cleaning in 2014

Improved economic outlook and focus on sustainable cleaning projects will change the landscape

2/7/2014


Connecticut hospital power plant saves 30 percent on energy bills

Middlesex Hospital uses natural gas to generate 90 to 100 percent of its power in its combined heat and power system. As the generator runs and creates electricity, the system captures excess heat exhaust and uses it to make steam.

2/7/2014


Short sleeves recommended by infection control experts

White coats should be removed before patient contact, experts say

2/6/2014


Dedham, Mass., health center ends use of alarms

There have been fewer falls and the number of falls that result in injury has remained stable.

2/6/2014


Nottingham University Hospitals upgrade means large carbon and cost reductions

Fifteen-year plan to upgrade and manage the Queen's Medical Centre's on-site power plant, as well as introduce an energy efficiency program will reduce energy use and save approximately 2.8 million pounds annually

2/6/2014


Indian college to host meeting on hospital safety

The conference will explore standard, contemporary and futuristic approaches to create a safe environment at hospitals for patients and healthcare workers

2/5/2014


Aging showing preference for home care

New generation will drive how long-term care system operates. DC program helps seniors receive Medicaid-funded services at home

2/5/2014


Hospital water taps contaminated with bacteria

Research finds significantly higher levels of infectious pathogens in water from faucet taps with aerators compared to water from deeper in the plumbing system

2/4/2014


CMS proposes rule on emergency preparedness

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rule would establish national emergency preparedness requirements for 17 types of Medicare - and Medicaid-participating providers and suppliers

2/4/2014


Balancing ideal temperatures for aging patients and staff

Compromise is the name of the game with healthcare design

2/3/2014



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