Facility Operations - April 2014

Hospital safety under fire after stabbings

Incidents at two Los Angeles County medical centers spur call for greater focus on hospital security

4/30/2014


Adding bioremediation to the sanitation schedule

Focal areas should include vault toilets, showers, ceramic tile floors and other areas where organic buildup is present

4/30/2014


Free webcast: Data Center Consolidation: A Roadmap

Building Operation Management Magazine is presenting a webcast by David Hutchison of Excipio Consulting. He will offer facility managers a roadmap for planning a data center consolidation.

4/30/2014


Monitoring infection-control cleaning results

Employing a science-based measurement to monitor cleaning will have the most favorable results

4/30/2014


Video surveillance of hand hygiene

Study says video surveillance has comparable results to in-person observation when measuring hand-hygiene compliance

4/30/2014


Honolulu ambulances delivering bedbugs

To kill bedbugs in emergency vehicles, the city is expected to spend $25,200 over the next fiscal year

4/29/2014


Trauma room infection control Q&A

Consultant Brad Keyes answeres a question about the placement of a flushing hopper sink in a trauma room

4/29/2014


Nebraska hospital hosts mass-casualty incident exercise

Exercise gives hospital and ambulance staff the chance to adjust and adapt to a chaotic situation

4/29/2014


Challenges of infection-control cleaning

Within the healthcare facility, areas differ in terms of the infection- control cleaning methods needed in each space

4/29/2014


Jamaican hospital to save $1.6 million in energy costs

With the installation of a state-of-the-art air conditioning (AC) system, Spanish Town Hospital in St. Catherine is expected to save more than $1.6 million annually in energy costs

4/29/2014


New Orleans hospital admits dropping ball in fungal outbreak communication

Deadly fungus on hospital linens killed five patients between 2008 and 2009 at the medical facility

4/28/2014


One year after flood, Illinois hospital is more prepared

Newly poured four-foot-tall concrete wall could be Morris Hospital's saving grace this flood season

4/28/2014


Cleaning for hospital-acquired infections

Altering environmental cleaning practices can have the most significant impact on infection control

4/28/2014


Mother says newborn died from fungus at New Orleans hospital

Children's Hospital said that five pediatric patients died over 11 months ending in July 2009 following an outbreak of a deadly infection caused by fungi present in dirt and decaying organic matter

4/25/2014


U.K. charity banned from donating food to hospital

Organization was told that the hospital would no longer accept food from outside sources

4/25/2014


Most U.S. health facilities have good hand-hygiene programs

WHO survey of hand-hygiene initiatives shows that nearly all respondent programs rank as adequate or better

4/25/2014


U.K. hospital adopts new infection control guide

Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth adopts National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) quality standards

4/25/2014


Hospital produces infection prevention video

Cambridge University Hospital video guides staff, patients and visitors through a six-step hand-washing process

4/25/2014


Garbage can liners banned after hospital suicides

Glasgow's health board told to remove plastic garbage can liners from all its mental health wards and facilities after two patients took their own lives

4/24/2014


'Starbucks of healthcare' opens in Connecticut

ASAP Urgent Care opens location in Madison

4/24/2014


Waco VA Medical Center loses water for a day

Crews repair damaged water main connection restoring water service to the campus after a 24-hour interruption

4/24/2014


Behavioral health facility extends real-time locating system's reach

Western Maryland Regional Medical Center uses RTLS technology to monitor patient movements, prevent elopement

4/23/2014


Boston hospitals apply lessons learned from bombing

A year after being packed with blast victims, Boston facilities have changed how they prepare for a disaster

4/23/2014


Tips for improving hand hygiene compliance

Hand hygiene averages well below 50 percent compliance in many healthcare facilities

4/23/2014


Healthcare providers preparing for climate change

Evacuations forced by storms have made healthcare professionals more aware of climate change and how it effects the industry

4/23/2014


Man shoots himself at Johns Hopkins days after hospital safety symposium

Experts at the national symposium on how medical professionals can stay safe said it can be difficult to restrict guns entirely

4/22/2014


Long Island hospital updates security to prepare for emergencies

The improvements at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital include advanced surveillance cameras and a card reader to restrict access to one area of the hospital

4/22/2014


Renewed focus on operating room's role in infection prevention

Nurses association says a greater degree of evaluation of the cleaning and disinfection performed in operating rooms is needed

4/22/2014


Preventing hospital-acquired infection transmission

Cleaning and disinfection can cut risk of HAI from cross-contamination from equipment and surfaces

4/22/2014


Florida medical center renovated to increase security

The psychiatric treatment center is being completely redone. New ceilings, walls and safety features, such as alarms, are being installed

4/22/2014


Communication badges can help when staff are at risk

Badges have one button to summon coworkers for less urgent assistance. A second button can call security if the situation escalates.

4/22/2014


Hospital increases security after woman pushed down stairs

Attack part of theft, purse-snatching on HealthAlliance Leominster, Mass., campus

4/21/2014


Taming the hospital microbial ecosystem

Researchers are trying to understand hospitals' entire microbial ecosystem instead of just the impact of pathogens

4/21/2014


ASHE energy campaign focuses on patient care

Program for health facilities encourages sustainability and energy efficiency

4/21/2014


Kansas hospital implements new safety program

Via Christi Hospital officials are working to enhance patient safety by creating a more collaborative environment

4/21/2014


New fire safety regs proposed for hospitals

Fire safety standards from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services address everything from automatic sprinkler systems to the size of patients' rooms and where to store medical equipment

4/21/2014


Patrols increased after 'fluke' shooting in hospital parking lot

Massachusetts' Baystate Medical Center security chief says hospital is safe, incidents of violence rare

4/17/2014


Waste and mismanagement cited at medical prison

$840 million California Health Care Facility beset by waste, mismanagement and miscommunication between the prison and medical staffs

4/17/2014


Hospital door handle sanitizes hands

Column can be fitted on a pull door and has a blue paddle on bottom that dispenses a dab of hand sanitizer when pushed

4/17/2014


Copper called safe, effective for infection control

Author responds to reader comments on an article in The Hospitalist about copper touch surfaces in hospitals

4/17/2014


South Dakota seeing urgent-care facility boom

The push toward urgent care has led to an expansion of clinics in western South Dakota

4/17/2014


Providers urged to look ahead to next stage of meaningful use

While many organizations are still struggling to deal with Stages 1 and 2 of meaningful use, consultant suggests keeping an eye on future patient engagement aspects

4/17/2014


Four things to know about cyber surveillance

By adopting user-activity monitoring, healthcare providers can record every action of users accessing sensitive data, getting cyber surveillance to match the video surveillance they have in the physical world

4/17/2014


Is there room in the healthcare C-suite for facilities managers?

ASHE exec says by improving their ability to communicate in business terms and finding ways to reduce operating costs while improving performance, facilities managers can generate trust capital

4/16/2014


Ohio hospitals hold mass-casualty exercise

Hospitals, emergency responders, health departments and coroners in northwestern Ohio take part in an emergency preparedness exercise to make sure hospitals are prepared for a mass casualty response

4/16/2014


Guidance lacking for soft-surface decontamination

Lack of awareness surrounding the issue called biggest challenge in soft-surface decontamination

4/16/2014


Looking beyond staff to create a safe facility

'Prevention through design' can lead to safer healthcare facilities

4/16/2014


Disabled helicopter removed from hospital roof

During the removal, University of New Mexico Hospital switched to internal power at the university's utilities center. UNMH and other critical facilities on campus relied on generator back-up.

4/15/2014


Jamaica allocates $1 billion to upgrade health facilities

Major project components include sewage treatment, child and adolescent mental health facilities, medical waste management enhancement, primary health care renewal and piped medical gases infrastructure

4/15/2014


Effective terminal cleaning can curb HAIs

Daily disinfection of high-touch surfaces can help to prevent the spread of hospital-acquired infections

4/15/2014


Most common hospital fire code violations

Having fire protection equipment in place at a hospital isn't enough to minimize risk to staff and patients and ensure compliance. Fire code violations can include anything from improperly installed equipment to a missed service date

4/15/2014


Hospital's web-based training improves worker safety

"5 Minutes With" podcast on Facilitiesnet talks to Bill Warren of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Shadyside Hospital

4/15/2014


Putting new facilities to the test

Healthcare Design magazine article discusses 'clinical operations commissioning' to identify and eliminate operational risks before the healthcare facility's doors open

4/15/2014


Who will win and lose with Accountable Care?

Healthcare reform is all about the patients, but who else in the healthcare industry will come out on top? Industry experts predict the winners and losers.

4/15/2014


Hospital kitchens source for drug resistant bacteria

After handling raw poultry, hands of food preparers and cutting boards remain a source of transmission for multi-drug resistant bacteria, study shows

4/14/2014


How healthcare facilities can improve patient satisfaction

Understanding the connection between the physical appearance of a facility and patient satisfaction can have a lasting impact on both a hospital's performance and its ability to provide exceptional community health

4/14/2014


'Keep the Coat' campaign launched in defense of lab coats

Initiative advocates for healthcare workers to keep their white coats as a defense against contaminants

4/14/2014


UK hospitals launch safety project to reduce hospital falls

A new approach to improve safety and prevent falls in hospitals has been introduced across Doncaster, Rotherham and North Lincolnshire

4/14/2014


Hospitals brace for effects of insurance reform

South Jersey hospital officials are bracing for the effects of the Affordable Care Act, with some planning staffing cuts due to fewer patients visiting their emergency rooms and others hiring more doctors

4/11/2014


UNM Hospital staff trains at FEMA facility

Disaster preparedness training covers mass casualty incidents to catastrophic natural disasters and terror attacks

4/11/2014


New, past violent events spark facility emergency drills

Healthcare leaders see disaster exercises and planning paying off

4/10/2014


Oregon facility offers storefront healthcare

Corvallis' new medical facility is a storefront clinic wedged between a coffeehouse and a Mexican restaurant

4/10/2014


To boost patient satisfaction - align scores and strategic goals

Building a culture of improvement is the framework for creating the best patient experience

4/10/2014


Central energy plant can lower costs

A high-performance central energy plant called best strategy for lowering operational costs at a healthcare facility

4/10/2014


Hospitals simulate infectious disease disaster

Eight Minnesota facilities participate in a disaster drill portraying a widespread infectious disease breakout

4/9/2014


Minnesota VA to expand food service facility

The St. Cloud VA Health Care System plans to build a bigger food services building to better serve veterans living on campus or with mental health issues

4/9/2014


California nursing home safety bill advances

The legislation would establish timelines and procedures for completing an investigation into alleged abuse within a long-term care facility

4/9/2014


Hospital safety tipping point hit well below full occupancy

Research shows healthcare facility safety at risk at about 92 percent of full occupancy

4/9/2014


App supports job site safety and accountability

Executive site safety visit (ESSV) app is used to perform site safety inspections on job sites

4/9/2014


Scientists develop light-activated antimicrobial surface

New antibacterial material is deadly to bacteria when activated by light and also shows antibacterial properties in total darkness

4/8/2014


FEMA may seek $2 million repayment from Louisiana hospital

The Department of Homeland Security is recommending that the government recover $2 million in Hurricane Katrina-related disaster recovery assistance from East Jefferson General Hospital

4/8/2014


Liverpool hospital's safety rating puts donations at risk

Alder Hey Children's Hospital may lose 4 million-pound gift after poor report

4/8/2014


Healthcare data center projects dictated by needs, resources

Healthcare Design article explores the options when creating safe, secure locations with back-up power and the ability to withstand a disaster

4/8/2014


Many hospital infections commonly found directly outside facilities

Researchers tested cultures taken from surfaces, mostly doors from local businesses, less than 1.5 miles from six hospitals

4/8/2014


Greenville hospital shifting police security to unarmed guards

Vidant Medical Center plans to cut the number of sworn police officers at the North Carolina hospital by more than half

4/7/2014


Canadian hospitals recognized for security programs

Security programs at six hospitals have received the Program of Distinction Award from the International Association of Healthcare Security and Safety

4/7/2014


An alternative to 'meaningful use'

Surgeon/medical researcher builds a cloud-based and bi-directional clinical operating system, agnostic to any device or electronic health record

4/7/2014


Solar initiative delivers green energy to English hospitals

Stratford upon Avon energy co-op seeking investors for solar project at local hospitals

4/7/2014


Healthcare workers identify infection-control barriers

Research shows patient-care demands and availability of equipment among the perceived problems

4/7/2014


New Jersey hospital ties employee bonuses to the facility's performance

What happens when pay-for-performance applies to a hospital's staff as a whole?

4/4/2014


Survey says Canadian hospitals not clean enough

Only 62 percent of lead infection-control staff believe their hospital is sufficiently clean

4/4/2014


Boston-area hospitals set healthy example for patients

Hospitals are adopting changes to encourage healthier eating among patients, visitors and staff and to make their own facilities less damaging to the environment

4/4/2014


Study looks at hand hygiene in resource-limited facilities

Researchers evaluate hand-hygiene adherence in Ethiopia after WHO campaign

4/4/2014


British Columbia hospital to boost emergency generator capacity

Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock plans project to meet Canadian Standards Association requirements for power supply and electrical safety

4/4/2014


Facilities honored for advances in technology use

The RFID in Healthcare Consortium (RHCC) and Intelligent Hospital.org recognize leaders in advanced healthcare technology use with the first Intelligent Hospital Awards

4/3/2014


CDC releases up-to-date report on hospital-acquired-infection estimates

Report shows the incidence of HAIs has slightly decreased, with the 2011 data estimating 721,800 infections

4/3/2014


Keeping that 'new building' feel

White paper on Healthcare Design magazine website explores how everyone responsible for how a new building lasts should take a long-term view when it comes to door- and wall-protection products

4/3/2014


Maryland hospitals' hand-hygiene compliance rises

State reaches an average of 87 percent compliance at 44 of its acute-care hospitals and one of its specialty hospitals in 2013, up from 81 percent two years ago

4/3/2014


New security measures in place at Milwaukee hospital after shooting

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office has instituted a new security policy for Children's Hospital after police shot a wanted felon inside the hospital last November

4/2/2014


Hospital partners with college to develop new food service

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is joining forces with Niagara University to deliver a new food service experience for hospital visitors, staff, students and volunteers

4/2/2014


Healthcare facilities need more physical security

White paper suggests facility managers should increase their security budgets to combat street-level criminality as well as potential terrorist threats

4/2/2014


Some hospitals still use paper records despite incentives

About six percent of U.S. hospitals have yet to convert even the most basic services to electronic medical record systems despite billions of dollars in incentives

4/2/2014


Improving environmental cleaning outcomes

A facility can leverage disinfection advancements to improve infection prevention while reducing costs

4/2/2014


Consumer Reports ranks hospitals for patient safety

Magazine releases patient-safety rankings for more than 2,500 hospitals based on a composite score of five quality measures

4/2/2014


Green House turns nursing-home concept upside down

According to a McKnight's blog, the Green House Project creates the 'ideal' long-term care setting from the ground up

4/1/2014


CDC says 1 in 25 hospital patients get an infection

The report also shows limited progress in controlling some bacteria

4/1/2014


Seattle hospital sparks new patient safety measures throughout England

Virginia Mason's safety and quality efforts are helping to inspire new measures aimed at improving patient safety in the UK

4/1/2014


White paper examines soft-surface decontamination

Aesthetically appealing soft surfaces pose a practical challenge to infection control in healthcare settings

4/1/2014


Stolen medical data accounts for 43 percent of identity theft

Study points to the lack of security for tablets and smartphones used in healthcare facilities.

4/1/2014


UK hospital uses pre-fab cubicles for infection prevention and control

Royal Bournemouth Hospital installs infection control enclosures to contain outbreaks

4/1/2014



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