Facility Operations - January 2015

Are present hospital security plans enough?

Security has been a top topic of discussion within Greater Boston's healthcare community

1/30/2015


Georgia hospital earns thousands of dollars for saving energy

Midtown Medical Center was presented a rebate check for $27,600 for making energy efficiency improvements

1/30/2015


Scottish hospital recognized for energy efficiency

NHS Ayrshire & Arran awarded for contribution to energy efficiency and renewable technologies

1/30/2015


Emory hospitals turn their operating rooms 'green'

Hospitals are reducing and diverting waste with a new recycling program in the operating rooms and other patient care areas

1/30/2015


East Coast providers were ready for massive storm

Hospitals stocked up on medical and surgical supplies, drugs and food

1/29/2015


Common healthcare cost cutting mistakes

Not investing in equipment can backfire

1/29/2015


Clinicians' use of mobile devices increasing

Twenty-eight percent of all U.S. hospitals reported using smartphones in 2014 compared with 26 percent in 2013

1/29/2015


Protecting laundry workers from Ebola threat

Healthcare clients should be informed not to send to a laundry any linens that have been used in cases of confirmed or suspected Ebola

1/28/2015


Worcester hospital trains for 'active shooter' situation

Security is top of mind in the area are a fatal shooting at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston

1/28/2015


Wisconsin hospital chef launches business to help healthcare kitchens

New enterprise will change menus and recipes, overhaul kitchen systems and train staff

1/28/2015


Ohio health systems establishes own police force

Holzer Health System recently established a police department for some of its facilities

1/28/2015


Choosing the right disinfecting products

Most facilities clean and disinfect with quaternary ammonium products

1/28/2015


Survey shows acceptance of video doctor visits growing

Sixty-four percent of patients recently surveyed saying they are would consider a video chat with their doctor instead of an in-person visit

1/28/2015


Operating room lights burn patients at Oregon hospital

Hospital staff changes diffusers on the halogen lights but leaves out the filters

1/27/2015


Walmart is getting retail healthcare right

They have a better understanding than traditional healthcare providers of what patients really want, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

1/27/2015


Emergency illumination in mechanical room Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about emergency illumination in mechanical rooms

1/27/2015


After Boston Hospital shooting, area facilities revisit security

After a cardiovascular surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital was fatally shot, facilities are focusing on safety procedures

1/26/2015


How much of a threat is gun violence in hospitals?

Three recent shootings in healthcare settings make national headlines

1/26/2015


Police work with Ohio hospitals' security forces

Canton-area police, area hospital security forces meet to share expectations of one another's role

1/26/2015


CDC: Keep patients out of waiting room for early flu treatment

CDC urges providers to use phone triage first to facilitate treatment

1/26/2015


Healthier healthcare interiors trends

Innovative organizations are using an intentional approach to avoid products, services and materials that can have negative impacts

1/23/2015


Whitepaper explores firewall breaches

Paper details how to investigate, resolve firewall breaches

1/23/2015


Burst pipe damages Virginia hospital

Hospital maintenance staff works to clean up the water damage in the Halifax Regional Hospital cafeteria

1/23/2015


Idaho behind on inspecting health facilities

There is a backlog of 275 overdue surveys and 135 open complaints awaiting investigation

1/23/2015


Security re-examined after doctor killed inside Boston hospital

A man shot and fatally wounded a doctor inside a Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston before killing himself

1/22/2015


Future of the healthcare supply chain

Data is the key to unlocking the supply chain challenges facing the industry

1/22/2015


Alberta hospital infrastructure called years behind because of neglect

New Democratic Party says patients and healthcare workers is at risk because the government has neglected hospital infrastructure for years

1/22/2015


Sprinklers in air handlers Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about sprinklers in air handlers

1/22/2015


VA police cite nationwide security lapses after shooting

Force is renewing calls for more staff, better training and increased resources

1/22/2015


Case Study: Using Wi-Fi to keep up with changing patient needs

Through access to the Wi-Fi network, patients are able to gain an insight into their own treatment

1/21/2015


Disinfecting robots could be worth the investment, report says

Disinfection robots are at the top of the ECRI Institute's 2015 Top 10 Hospital C-Suite Watch List

1/21/2015


Boston hospitals reduce energy use, emissions

Facilities decrease their energy use by 4 percent and emissions by 2.9 percent from 2011 to 2013

1/21/2015


Lighting choices can improve patient experience and bottom line

LED lighting offers controllability and energy efficiency

1/21/2015


Hospitals' fried chicken tradition at odds with health mission

'Fried Chicken Wednesdays' are popular with the community and the hospital's bottom line, but at odds with its healthy philosophy

1/20/2015


Ensuring your emergency messaging system is disaster-ready

Traditional methods of communication can add to the confusion and disorganization

1/20/2015


Controlling infections in waiting rooms

Clinics urged to create safer waiting rooms to help protect against the spread of the influenza virus

1/20/2015


Indiana hospital creates police department

IU Health LaPorte swears in five officers to respond to increased violence

1/19/2015


Comparing accreditation programs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has authorized five organizations to survey hospitals for their compliance with the Conditions of Participation

1/19/2015


ES staffing equation impacts hospital bottom line

Staffing is an environmental services department largest expense

1/19/2015


Foodservice tableware can make effective first impression

Long-term care residents consistently rate cleanliness of tableware as important as food quality and taste

1/16/2015


Mississippi hospital storm ready

Rush Hospital in Meridian was awarded the StormReady designation by the National Weather Service

1/16/2015


Behavioral health design comes with its own regulations

Furniture and equipment for behavioral patients are vastly different from what is typically provided in general hospitals

1/16/2015


Construction barrier doors Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about construction barrier doors

1/16/2015


Infection control a high priority for healthcare facility managers

Among the areas of primary concern to FMs in managing this problem is air pressure and airflow

1/15/2015


Broken water main floods Pontiac hospital

The emergency room at McLaren Hospital in Pontiac, Mich., closed to new patients after an overnight water main break caused flooding

1/15/2015


Patient, doctor suffer electric shocks at Scottish hospital

Medical equipment malfunctions during an examination at the Jubilee Hospital in Huntly

1/15/2015


Ontario hospital FM spent career pursuing efficiency

Retiring facilities manager calls making his hospital more energy efficient - saving $400,000 a year - his greatest achievement.

1/15/2015


Maintaining power during an earthquake

Selecting certified power solutions ensures that buildings are equipped with the best materials possible

1/15/2015


California hospital plans seismic study

Tehachapi Hospital will undergo tests for seismic safety to allow the facility to remain in use

1/14/2015


New Kaiser hospital features updated technology

New California seismic standards spurred many hospitals to decide whether to replace or retrofit facilities

1/14/2015


The 'Internet of things' can offer solutions or new problems

Healthcare facility professionals will have to keep up with increasing rates of technological change

1/14/2015


North Carolina hospital forms police department

Lenoir Memorial Hospital in Kinston is building its own police force to enhance safety

1/13/2015


Acronyms facility managers should know

Computer-aided design (CAD) is full of acronyms that facility managers should know

1/13/2015


Occupant load calculation Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about occupant load calculation

1/13/2015


New York hospital cafe cited for safety problems

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw was cited by health inspectors for food safety violations

1/12/2015


Lighting can improve patient experience

Aesthetic lighting can also positively impact staff attitudes

1/12/2015


Military jet transformed into a flying hospital

Boeing C-17 Globemaster III turned into a flying triage unit so doctors can stabilize, monitor and give soldiers high-level care

1/9/2015


New Mexico court says 'Wet Floor' sign is a safety device

The court said the term 'safety device' must be given a broad interpretation

1/9/2015


Ebola offers lessons for facilities

Hand-washing, personal protective equipment and pristine techniques central to infection control

1/9/2015


Report: NHS hospitals call police 175 times a day

Incidents up from previous year with alcohol cited as main cause

1/9/2015


Mobile options for emergency communication

Many healthcare facilities don't take advantage of mobile solutions for emergency management

1/9/2015


Healthcare facilities 2015 and beyond

Real estate and facilities services will see changes in products, delivery models and relationships

1/8/2015


Supply chain technology can save time, money

New software and devices can help to keep track of hospital supplies

1/8/2015


Humidity in sterile storage rooms Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about humidity in sterile storage rooms

1/8/2015


Canadian scientists find key to trapping bedbugs

Pheromones that lure the bed bugs into traps and keep them there are discovered

1/7/2015


Boston Hospitals cut energy use by 6 percent, despite continued facility growth

Energy conservation and efficiency investments have cut sector energy use by 6 percent in two years, eliminating the annual green house gas emissions of 7,486 passenger vehicles

1/7/2015


Hospitals adding technology to cleaning routines

Environmental services departments are adding technology to help fight infections, measure cleaning thoroughness

1/7/2015


Planning for disaster and power recovery

It is important to have integrated hospital contingency plans addressing power and HVAC

1/7/2015


New Hampshire hospitals react to fatal shooting at area facility

Hospitals say public safety measures are top priority after an apparent murder-suicide in the critical care unit at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital

1/6/2015


Four Kansas facilities recognized for new food and beverage policies

Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation recognizes facilities for providing healthier food options

1/6/2015


Ontario hospital receives funding for equipment improvements

Funds will help enhance services in long-term rehabilitation and complex continuing care

1/6/2015


Floor care issues explained

Proper training an equipment can minimize potential problems

1/6/2015


Medicare cuts payments to 721 hospitals for hospital-acquired conditions

The HAC Program is aimed at reducing preventable harm to patients by penalizing the 25 percent of hospitals with the highest rates

1/6/2015


Farm-to-bed cooking gaining ground

More hospitals maintaining own farms to feed patients

1/5/2015


New technologies aid hospital design and construction

Tablet, cloud computing boost communication, efficiency

1/5/2015


South Brisbane hospital fixing glitches after complaints

Lady Cilento Children's Hospital working on access to food adequate transportation

1/5/2015


Copper bedrails may fight hospital infections

A study of the effects of copper-alloy surfaces in U.S. hospitals shows promising results

1/2/2015


Group works on Ebola building standard in Africa

Standard designed for the construction of healthcare facility compounds rather than wards or discrete buildings

1/2/2015


Technology boosting building efficiency

BIM, other technologies improving building performance

1/2/2015


U.K. hospital commissions new energy center

Cheltenham General Hospital project is expected to cut carbon emissions by a third with a new combined heat and power system

1/2/2015


Stairwell storage Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about stairwell storage

1/2/2015



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