Facility Operations - May 2014

Employee smoking bans a hot topic

To address this incongruence of smoking and healthcare, some health systems have started barring smokers - even those who don't work in clinical and patient support roles - from employment

5/30/2014


Green pest management in healthcare

There are many ways to make a healthcare facility greener, including pest management. Instead of reactive chemical treatments, more and more healthcare facilities are using integrated pest management

5/30/2014


Clarifying proposed changes to smoke compartment size requirements

ASHE supports the change in NFPA 101: Life Safety Code that would increase the maximum smoke compartment size in new facilities

5/30/2014


Continuing process improvements can lower cost, raise quality

Successful improvement projects move through four stages: identifying the problem, researching a solution, changing the way people work and maintaining the change

5/30/2014


ASHE survey seeks feedback on CMS Life Safety Code proposal

ASHE is also encouraging members to submit public comments about the proposal

5/29/2014


Florida hospital solves infection problem with communication

Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami uses weekly reports to hospital leaders to help nearly eliminate Acinetobacter baumannii infections

5/29/2014


Quieter hospitals can help healing

Specially designed quiet latches and sound-reducing exit devices can help limit the disturbances to patients and staff

5/29/2014


Cost-effective sustainability tips for hospitals

University of Pennsylvania's online business analysis journal recently released a special report exploring the idea of sustainability in hospital purchasing

5/29/2014


Illinois hospital uses disinfection robot

Palos Community Hospital implements system to improve patient safety and prevent infection

5/29/2014


Video tracks path of hospital linen

Five children at Children's Hospital in New Orleans died from a fungal infection most likely spread through hospital linens

5/28/2014


Protecting safety while respecting patient autonomy

Once patients are admitted, hospitals have the responsibility to keep them safe. But hospitals aren't prisons.

5/28/2014


Real-time feedback encourages hand hygiene

Using real-time feedback may encourage hand-hygiene compliance, according to a study in American Journal of Infection Control

5/28/2014


Eyewash station Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about non-ANSI-approved eyewash stations

5/28/2014


IFMA Health Care Institute releases report on medical facilities' future

The report was developed from interviews with 30+ CEOs, strategic planners, facilities managers, deputy administrators, financial analysts and chief medical officers

5/27/2014


White paper discusses fighting infection in long-term care facilities

As many as 2.8 million adults living in long-term care facilities contract HAIs every year

5/27/2014


Simple restroom care tips for healthcare facilities

Survey shows that 94 percent of U.S. adults would avoid a business in the future if they encountered a dirty restroom

5/27/2014


Health facility business continuity planning

With increased risks of natural and man-made disasters, many hospitals have upgraded their business continuity planning

5/27/2014


Hospital linen safety infographic

New Orleans Times-Picayune publishes infographic on hospital linen cleaning process in wake of deadly fungal outbreak

5/23/2014


Staten Island hospital gets $12 million protective funding for power unit

Staten Island University Hospital will get funding for a flood mitigation project

5/23/2014


New accreditation program offered for small hospitals

Comprehensive accreditation program is customized for rural hospitals, critical access hospitals and small hospitals with less than 200 beds

5/23/2014


Deadly fungal outbreak puts hospital laundry oversight in spotlight

While the CDC determined that the mucormycosis was likely transmitted through the linens, there has been no determination of where the contamination occurred - in the laundering process, in transit or at the hospital

5/22/2014


Americans link cleanliness with level of care in senior facilities

Study says other expectations include hotel-like amenities, such as fresh, convenient food items, comfort and ambiance

5/22/2014


HIEs can improve disaster planning

Recent disasters have illustrated the need to access patient records remotely because of evacuations or damage to hospitals and clinics

5/22/2014


Case study: Reducing reheat energy use

An energy recovery chiller allowed a Wisconsin hospital to achieve higher energy efficiency

5/22/2014


London hospital steps up infection control after rise in C-diff cases

There have been 22 cases of C-diff recorded at the Whittington Hospital - more than double its threshold

5/22/2014


Futurist sees massive consolidation of hospitals

Consolidation of hospitals could mean that there will be 100 to 200 large regional systems around the country

5/22/2014


Grassroots energy-saving campaign saves 105,000 pounds in first year

UK hospital campaign to switch off unused lights and equipment, and remembering to close doors links energy savings to patient care

5/21/2014


Energy-efficiency program helps hospitals spend more on care

Zero-percent loans let hospitals upgrade antiquated heating and cooling systems without diverting money from core mission

5/21/2014


Hospital staff prepares for decontamination emergency

Mayo Clinic Health System training simulates accident involving a chemical carrier

5/21/2014


Preparing for severe weather

In spring stormy weather plays a disproportionately large role in the disaster preparedness planning facilities managers do for their health facilities

5/21/2014


Building teamwork in infection prevention

One of the biggest resources an infection preventionist has is the healthcare facility’s housekeeping team

5/21/2014


Common goals strengthen infection prevention policies

To achieve the level of communication and collaboration necessary to uphold their objective, the infection prevention and sterile processing departments must understand the roles they play

5/20/2014


St. Louis-based health system to create virtual-care center

3 million telehealth visits are expected in the next five years, according to an article on the Healthcare Informatics website

5/20/2014


Sacred music or showtunes for long-term care?

Studies say both religious music and Broadway singalongs benefit seniors

5/20/2014


Download infection prevention infographic

Visual reference guide shows how and where C. difficile spores can lurk on environmental surfaces

5/20/2014


Making senior care bathrooms safer

Chance of bathing injuries can be reduced by correctly using bath safety equipment

5/19/2014


Additional funds sought for California prison health facility

Governor is proposing a $12.4 million increase to the California Health Care Facility's general fund in the revised budget

5/19/2014


'Hand Hygiene All-Americans' named

100 healthcare workers recognized for demonstrating safety, quality and leadership in their hand hygiene practices

5/19/2014


ASHRAE continues work on Legionellosis standard

A fourth public review draft of Standard 188P, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems, which has been substantially rewritten from previous versions, is expected to be approved and made available during the summer

5/19/2014


Fire dampers Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about installing fire dampers in a pneumatic tube system

5/19/2014


Study on laundered towels finds E. Coli, tetanus

Ninety-three percent of the laundered towels used to clean hospital rooms contained bacteria that could result in hospital-acquired infections

5/16/2014


Variable refrigerant flow zoning a flexible option for healthcare

Hospitals and other healthcare facilities have the individual room control needs for which VRF zoning is designed

5/16/2014


Nursing home tornado shelters recommended

Government report says the tornado that destroyed a Missouri nursing home three years ago showed that long-term care facilities need to have specially designed shelters

5/15/2014


Oklahoma hospital prepares well before the storm

St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital starts working days before severe weather comes to keep all patients, visitors and staff safe

5/15/2014


Energy savings, long life drive era of LED

Light-emitting diode technologyis playing an important role in helping health care organizations improve patient satisfaction while controlling costs

5/15/2014


New devices launched to improve hand-hygiene compliance

Two new entires in the hand-hygiene market were designed to make it more convenient for healthcare workers to remain compliant

5/15/2014


Healthcare culinary competition finalists announced

Top culinary professionals from the healthcare industry will compete in the Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) 2014 Culinary Competition

5/15/2014


Hospital lean 'myths' questioned

Hospital consultant says standardization actually leads to better outcomes

5/14/2014


White paper series explores clinical alarm safety

Two-part white paper discusses managing alarms, alerts and interruptions to improve patient safety

5/14/2014


Look of recycling stations can send message

The design of a healthcare provider's recycling program seen as the face of the organization's commitment to sustainability

5/14/2014


How to prepare for the 2012 Life Safety Code

Although the CMS proposed rule covers a lot of ground, the vast majority of it is familiar territory

5/14/2014


Facility says security guard charged with killing resident passed background check, drug tests

Two residents were beaten with a car jack and one subsequently died of his injuries

5/13/2014


CMS offers new equipment maintenance options

Change could help healthcare facilities maintain equipment properly while conserving resources

5/13/2014


Calculating the cost of adopting 2012 Life Safety Code

CMS estimates cost to healthcare organizations to implement the new Life Safety Code rules

5/13/2014


How to clean blood

Environmental services staff should keep their eyes open, stop, think and not take chances. When in doubt, follow OSHA's precautions

5/13/2014


India's hospital train brings care to rural areas

Train is staffed by surgeons and equipped with a state-of-the-art operating room

5/12/2014


Household dining model cheaper, tastier

Long-Term Living article says using satellite kitchens results in lower net costs for communities and an improved dining experience for residents

5/12/2014


Study says serving sorbet before nursing home meals increases food intake

Nursing home residents who have a sorbet appetizer tend to eat more at mealtime and maintain their weight

5/12/2014


Technology tracks patient movements, experience

Real-time location system (RTLS) technology used to limit patient wait times at Sanford Health system

5/9/2014


Spreading information can help curb HAIs

According to research, frequent e-mails to facility leaders can help fight an outbreak

5/9/2014


Does automated hand-hygiene monitoring work?

A recent review of published information on automated hand hygiene systems found that less than 20 percent of the articles included calculations for efficiency or accuracy

5/9/2014


50 leaders in patient safety field

Becker's Hospital Review list includes professionals from healthcare organizations, national organizations, universities and other institutions

5/9/2014


Australian university develops antibacterial fabric

RMIT University researchers say material can kill a range of infectious bacteria, such as E coli, within 10 minutes

5/9/2014


Temporary hospital sent to Mississippi after tornado

North Carolina sends 18 trucks of equipment and supplies after storm damages Louisville healthcare facilities

5/8/2014


Mock disaster tests Ontario hospital privacy procedures

Soldiers' Memorial Hospital in Simcoe County stages car accident with chemical spill to test the hospital's emergency preparedness

5/8/2014


Hand hygiene in New Zealand hospitals improving

Good hand-hygiene practices are being followed nearly 73 percent of the time across the country's hospitals, report says

5/8/2014


Bacteria in hospital ice machines blamed for patient death

Legionella bacteria found in hospital ice machines at UPMC Presbyterian contributed to one patient's death and sickened two others

5/7/2014


London's oldest hospital getting low-carbon power upgrade

St Bartholomew's Hospital is getting a new, low-carbon combined cooling, heating and power system from the Sustainable Development Capital LLP 'Powering Health' collaboration

5/7/2014


New superbug infection found every 18 minutes in Hong Kong public hospitals

Cases have risen 15 percent since 2011, with overcrowding and Hong Kong's ageing population blamed

5/7/2014


Safety scores say hospitals are showing improvement

According to newly released data, despite progress, even some premier medical institutions are falling behind when it comes to patient safety

5/7/2014


Infection control measures at Worcestershire hospitals get thumbs-up

Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) visited both hospitals to assess the standards of cleanliness and how staff were working to prevent the spread of infections such as norovirus

5/6/2014


Florida hospital on mock 'high alert'

Highlands Regional Medical Center holds disaster drill, coordinated to give county crisis-response employees, first-responders and staff a hands-on experience of what would take place in the event of an actual crisis situation

5/6/2014


What's wrong with this picture?

AORN website graphic offers a fun way to check environmental cleaning knowledge

5/5/2014


New Orleans area hospital conducts 'active shooter' drill

East Jefferson General Hospital simulates a scenario involving a gunman roaming the facility

5/5/2014


Carpet tiles making a comeback

Ease of installation can make modular carpeting less disruptive for a long-term care facility

5/5/2014


New Orleans deaths raise questions about handling of linens

Five children died during an outbreak of a flesh-eating fungal infection at Children's Hospital between August 2008 and July 2009

5/2/2014


Rally in Sacramento calls for stronger safety standards throughout hospitals

California lawmakers are working on a bill to make hospitals safer in an effort that some are calling a waste of time and money

5/2/2014


Senator pushes FEMA to OK $20M for New York healthcare facilities

Funds would buy emergency generators for West Islip hospital and nursing home

5/2/2014


Key elements to clean restrooms

Long-Term Living article lists six steps to a clean restroom

5/2/2014


UK hospital issuing personal alarms, panic buttons to staff

Accident and emergency department at Noble's Hospital is reviewing safety procedures

5/1/2014


Hospital bug blamed for hospital ward closures in Wales

Increases in bed closures at Glan Clwyd Hospital were six times higher than at other hospitals in North Wales

5/1/2014


Carpeting offering new options for care facilities

Article on Long-term Living website says long-term care and rehabilitation facilities are using their remodeling phases as a chance to explore new carpeting options

5/1/2014


Hospital-affiliated gyms grow in popularity

Health-facility-affiliated gyms are generally more costly than some commercial gyms, but members value the connection with healthcare professionals

5/1/2014


South Carolina Hospital honored for infection control

GHS Laurens County Memorial Hospital in Clinton has received two patient safety awards

5/1/2014



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