Maintenance and 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


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


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


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


Hospital linen safety infographic

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


CMS offers new equipment maintenance options

Change could help healthcare facilities maintain equipment properly while conserving resources

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


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


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


Carpet tiles making a comeback

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

5/5/2014


Key elements to clean restrooms

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

5/2/2014


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



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