Facility Operations - June 2014

San Francisco hospitals rehabilitating hospital food

Facilities join with Physicians for Social Responsibility to brainstorm ways to change hospital food

6/30/2014


UK hospitals' revamped energy systems to save 2.5 million lbs

Two NHS hospitals in East Cheshire are hoping to cut their carbon footprint by 30 percent

6/30/2014


Michigan hospitals working to prevent infections

Muskegon, Grand Rapids facilities working to safeguard patients and their bottom lines

6/30/2014


Sweat hurts anti-bacterial brass surfaces

A new study shows sweat can cause corrosion of the protective qualities of brass surfaces - such as doorknobs - that contain bacteria-fighting copper

6/27/2014


New hospital maintenance rules kick in July 1

Guidelines clarify when a hospital may adjust its maintenance, inspection and testing activities from what is recommended by the manufacturer

6/27/2014


Northern California health system to invest $11.5 million in patient lifts

Sutter Health will install 1,036 overhead patient lifts at 19 intensive care units and acute rehabilitation centers

6/27/2014


Infant abduction puts spotlight on maternity ward security

Hospitals nationwide have upped security measures in their nurseries in recent years

6/26/2014


Consult models outside of healthcare to improve patient experience

Healthcare providers compare themselves to each other and benchmark their customer service accordingly. This sets the bar in the wrong place.

6/26/2014


Michigan hospital holds armed-intruder drill

Monroe facility held drill to test existing resources and determine what else may be needed in the future

6/26/2014


Tools for hand-hygiene observation

Becker's Hospital Review article lists five tools to monitor hand-hygiene compliance

6/26/2014


Boston patient dies after delayed window fix

Facility manager of a state psychiatric hospital requested window replacements twice before a patient hurled a chair through a window and jumped

6/25/2014


Atlanta hospitals address patient safety

Hospital safety specialists borrow high-reliability principles from industries such as nuclear energy and the airlines.

6/25/2014


Austin medical center achieves LEED Silver certification

Austin Energy Green Building gives facility a 3-star rating for sustainability

6/25/2014


White paper tackles increasing noise in healthcare environment

Today's hospitals are twice as noisy as they were 50 years ago, according to the paper

6/25/2014


Hospitals increasingly faced with security issues

Violence by patients themselves is up - typically, mental health patients or the elderly

6/24/2014


White paper offered on sustainable pest management

Pest management program can align with sustainability requirements

6/24/2014


'Aquarium lights' improve dementia care: study

Therapeutic lamps used in study found at a pet store

6/23/2014


APIC conference showcases infection-control videos

'Today, I Vow' video by Norton Healthcare wins APIC 'Peoples Choice Award'

6/23/2014


Energy dashboard usage can mean significant savings

The ability to see changes in utility usage at a healthcare facility can save thousands of dollars, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

6/23/2014


Healthcare professionals honored with annual Facility Managers Awards in California

The North Bay Business Journal included many healthcare facility managers in 2014 honorees

6/23/2014


Ensuring hospital's fire barrier integrity

Firestopping is the last line of defense for patients within a hospital

6/20/2014


Long-term care facilities including more amenities

New are existing facilities are are realizing that these features are necessary to remain competitive, according to a blog on the Environments for Aging website

6/19/2014


New Zealand hospital reviews safety after attacks on staff

Hundreds of hospital staff have been attacked on the job by patients and visitors, with injuries ranging from minor bruising and shock to broken limbs and black eyes

6/18/2014


Oklahoma hospital designed for severe weather

Modifications to the Tahlequah hospital's existing plans for the $60 million facility enhance its ability to withstand severe weather

6/18/2014


Facilities find different solutions to ensure critical power

Two retrofitted their critical power management system and the third built it from scratch

6/18/2014


Recognizing signs of bedbugs

To look for bedbugs, check for these signs in the places where people sleep

6/17/2014


Infection control best practices for long-term care

In the communal setting, infection control involves environmental cleaning, clinical caregiver and social aspects, according to an article on the Long-term Living website

6/17/2014


UK hospital trust to launch energy-saving project

Plan would reduce carbon footprint by 30 percent and cut power costs

6/17/2014


Assessing a healthcare facility

An initial discussion of what areas will be covered will help determine the correct approach

6/17/2014


Hospitals in Hawaii go solar to save money

Honolulu facility expects to save about $101,318 annually on its electricity bill with a solar photovoltaic system

6/16/2014


Mock disaster drills held at Connecticut senior facility

Norwalk facility holds mock disaster drill to test policies and procedures in case of a natural disaster

6/16/2014


New guidelines help hospitals curb MRSA

Strategy includes implementing a monitoring program and the proper cleaning and disinfection of equipment and environments

6/16/2014


Nursing homes in Germany serve 3D-printed food

3D-printed "smoothfood" uses pureed food to create a more appetizing-looking meal for elderly people who have trouble chewing and swallowing

6/13/2014


Study shows UV cleaning cuts superbugs by 20 percent

Rate of hospital-acquired infections was significantly lower during the 22 months of UVD use compared with the previous 30 months

6/13/2014


Collaboration model may control spread of C. diff

Study says multi-hospital collaboration can help control infection

6/13/2014


Benchmarking cooling water systems

Strategies should address economic, environmental and social benefits

6/13/2014


AHF culinary competition winners named

Teams were judged on organization, time management, culinary skills, originality, taste and plate presentation

6/13/2014


Deadly linen contamination a wake-up call

Laundries urged to review processes, procedures

6/12/2014


Medical-grade wireless becoming a facility standard

Wireless connectivity a basic healthcare utility, like power, HVAC and water

6/12/2014


UCSF Medical Center's room service program delivers restaurant-style food

Patients can choose from menu items available at the various restaurant-style concepts in the center's retail cafes

6/12/2014


New Hampshire hospitals take part in pandemic exercise

Strafford County facilities join local agencies, schools in setting up alternate care site during emergency

6/12/2014


Better oversight of Alberta care facilities urged

A new report by the Health Quality Council of Alberta says Alberta Health Services needs to decide who is responsible

6/12/2014


Baltimore hospital's K-9 unit helps cut security incidents

Two dogs were added to the Union Memorial Hospital staff in the spring

6/11/2014


Smart design can help keep patients safe

University Medical Center project's goals included reducing the number of errors, falls and infections at the facility and improving patient outcomes

6/11/2014


Louisiana hospital sanitizes with UV light

West Calcasieu-Cameron Hospital in Sulphur is using UV technology to disinfect its facilities

6/11/2014


Healthcare addressing longstanding environmental challenges

Facilities have found they can reconfigure operating rooms without compromising patient or staff safety

6/11/2014


Hand-washing goals key to Maryland CMS waiver

In state's acute care hospitals, health professionals have been washing their hands at least 90 percent of the time over the last six months, study shows

6/11/2014


Hospital raises bar on food service with intensive training

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital increases profits with new menu, trained staff

6/11/2014


Poor communication cited in Wisconsin hospital shooting

Shooting resulted in a lockdown at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

6/10/2014


Largest U.S. health system will stop buying flame-retardant furniture

Kaiser Permanente will stop buying furniture treated with the chemicals linked to cancer, reproductive disorders and brain damage

6/10/2014


South Korean hospital examined for safety lapses after fatal fire

A fire killed 21 and injured eight at a private hospital for chronically ill patients

6/10/2014


North Carolina hospital launches 'Dinner-to-Go' program for employees, community

Transylvania Regional Hospital aims for great food not great hospital food, with emphasis on nutrition, local sourcing

6/10/2014


Greening your healthcare facility

Developing waste reduction strategies is a good place to start

6/10/2014


'Cultural guide' urged for hospital staffs

Guidelines on the religious and cultural needs of patients urged

6/9/2014


Healthcare foodservice gets creative

Industry was poised for a change regardless of what happened on the political landscape

6/9/2014


Hospital infection control: reducing airborne pathogens

Source and pathway management should involve airborne transmission and especially enhanced methods of its control even though the primary route is considered to be direct contact

6/9/2014


West Virginia hospital holds decontamination drill

Preston Memorial Hospital uses community volunteers to set up temporary facility

6/9/2014


Hospital system security will be allowed to make arrests on public property

Police working for University Hospitals Health System in Cleveland, Ohio, soon will be able to make misdemeanor arrests, enforce traffic laws and ticket illegally parked cars

6/6/2014


Toronto hospital gets infrastructure upgrade through energy contract

Improved patient care, cost savings and environmental sustainability drive hospital-renewal plan

6/6/2014


Security reviewed after newborn abduction

The abduction of a day-old baby from a Quebec hospital has raised questions about hospitals' security measures

6/5/2014


Call for portable bed rail ban renewed after deaths

A long-term care consumer watchdog group has renewed its call for a permanent ban of adult portable bed rails in long-term care settings

6/5/2014


Mobile hospital becomes temporary medical center

National Mobile Disaster Hospital (MDH) from North Carolina opens in tornado-ravaged Louisville, Miss.

6/5/2014


Healthcare facility's food service expands to food truck

Lynchburg, Va., health system launches mobile kitchen as part of its food service transformation

6/5/2014


Savannah area sees urgent care growth

Perfect healthcare storm has created a boon for the urgent care industry: a shortage of primary care physicians, overstretched emergency rooms and newly insured patients

6/5/2014


Deadly infections at 'med spa' tied to poor practices

Outbreaks of strep infections at East Coast weight loss clinics linked to staffs' poor infection control practices

6/5/2014


UK man dies after being trapped in hospital doors

Inquest will review the death of an elderly man who was trapped in the revolving doors at South Tyneside District Hospital

6/4/2014


New technology improves hospital emergency communication

Emergency managers have access to communication tools that make sure that the right people get the right message

6/4/2014


Manhattan hospitals partner for disaster drill

Lenox Hill Hospital, New York-Presbyterian practice decontamination, test patient-tracking system

6/4/2014


Healthcare launderers call for higher standards

Deaths from a fungal outbreak at Children's Hospital in New Orleans has prompted national leaders in the healthcare laundry industry to review standards for handling hospital linens

6/3/2014


Canadian hospital test drives new emergency plan

Ottawa Hospital builds new links to police, fire, ambulance, city services and the Red Cross, while putting in place a new emergency management system

6/3/2014


Irish care homes criticized for 'shared gender' facilities

Females and males with intellectual disabilities had to share cubicles in three residential homes

6/3/2014


Wisconsin hospital proactive on safety

Mercy Hospital in Devil's Lake offers safety seminars for staff

6/3/2014


Antimicrobial coatings and equipment advancing infection control

As technology plays a greater part in healthcare, more attention is being paid to how device surfaces and materials behave in terms of harboring micro-organisms

6/3/2014


More hospitals using antibiotic-free meat

Facilities face the reality that reduced-antibiotic meat and poultry products are more expensive and finding vendors with an adequate supply is a challenge

6/3/2014


Study says ultraviolet cleaning reduces superbugs 20 percent

Multidrug-resistant organisms were decreased after adding ultraviolet environmental disinfection to a hospital's cleaning regimen

6/3/2014


Seattle medical center security staff to carry Tasers

Security officers at the Swedish Medical Center will be the first in the city to be armed with Tasers

6/2/2014


Tupelo hospital laundry on constant alert

North Mississippi Medical Center's laundry treats everything like it's potentially infectious

6/2/2014


Adelante chief honored as healthcare facility 'Changemaker'

The Center for Health Design gives Changemaker Award to honor the exceptional ability to change the way healthcare facilities are designed and built

6/2/2014


Cabling infrastructure supports sustainability

A well-planned and -designed infrastructure includes energy management, is aesthetically pleasing and contributes to efficient construction

6/2/2014


MRSA study recognized by APIC

The study examined the survivability of a MRSA strain on razors, plastic toys, ceramic, soap, wood, vinyl, towels, bed sheets and shoulder pads

6/2/2014


Portsmouth hospital practices for disasters

Portsmouth Regional Hospital staffers train at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Center for Domestic Preparedness

6/2/2014



FREE
NEWSLETTER

• News and Updates
• Webcast Alerts
• Building Technologies



All fields are required.