Facility Operations - October 2015

Popularity of telehealth continues to grow

Telehealth will provide increased healthcare services usually provided at the facility

10/30/2015


Technology can help with life safety compliance

Maintaining compliance with The Joint Commission’s process can be challenging

10/30/2015


Surprisingly common crimes committed in hospitals

Slide show highlights the types of incidents that hospitals might not be as well prepared for as they should

10/29/2015


Top Calif. hospitals struggling with infection control

Federal inspections cited five Orange County hospitals nearly 100 times for infection control violations over the past five years

10/29/2015


N.Y. hospital gets $5.4 million FEMA grant for energy upgrade

Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco operated on generators for a week after hurricane Sandy

10/29/2015


Flexibility key to healthcare's new sustainability

A green facility's infrastructure must meet today’s and tomorrow’s compliance and operational requirements

10/29/2015


Q&A on comingling oxygen cylinders

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about comingling oxygen cylinders

10/29/2015


Staff can help manage healthcare noise and speech privacy

Staff and visitors can play a role by reducing the amount of noise produced in the first place

10/28/2015


Things to consider with a clean energy plan

With an energy transformation there is not always a clear path for achieving desired results

10/27/2015


FEMA grants N.Y. hospital $5.4 million

Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco will upgrade the hospital's electrical power system

10/27/2015


Healthcare disaster prep should focus on kids

Disasters' effects on children may be more significant because environmental hazards may affect them more quickly

10/26/2015


Solid surfaces choices can effect maintenance

Durability and consistent color are important factors

10/26/2015


Healthcare can learn from Disney technology

Wearable devices can transform the customer experience

10/23/2015


Healthcare construction waste diversion proves to be cost-effective

For a 250,000-square-foot medical facility, roughly 1.1 million pounds of materials must be removed, recycled or reused

10/23/2015


Felician Village retirement residence improves food service programs and financial practices

The assisted living resident dining program was upgraded from a non-selective menu to selective table service and restaurant-style menus with no additional staffing or additional costs

10/23/2015


Environmental services worker recognized for patient safety efforts

A long-time employee of Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital has been awarded for infection control work

10/23/2015


Q&A on storage in a separation of different occupancies

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about separation of different occupancies

10/23/2015


Reviewing Ebola waste disposal protocols

Reassessment of the efficiency of methods determined in last year's outbreak urged

10/22/2015


'Most Connected' Hospital list released

U.S. News & World Report recognizes hospitals for their use of health IT to improve patient care

10/22/2015


Decluttering hospital corridors

Hospitals must maintain free and unobstructed access to all exits and minimize fire risk

10/22/2015


Hand-hygiene behaviors, attitudes affect patient experience

Ninety-three percent of healthcare facility patients and visitors agree that hand hygiene is more important in healthcare settings

10/21/2015


California hospital adopts new trends in hospital food

Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton offering fresh and healthy choices and cooked-to-order meals

10/21/2015


UVC light disinfection shines in the fight against HAIs in ambulatory healthcare

The new 18,000-square-foot emergency department will have 23 beds, including 14 beds for acute care

10/21/2015


Assessing risk in behavioral healthcare facilities

The occurrence of inpatients harming themselves or others is increasing

10/21/2015


N.J. hospital runs gunman protocol drill

Hospital employees also are trained in the health system's disaster response through computer modules

10/20/2015


When to repair or replace medical equipment

One way to help decide whether to replace an item is the carrying cost of older equipment

10/20/2015


Hospital's fire safety fixes to cost millions

A recent report says fire safety failures stretching back years have the potential to put staff and patients at 'intolerable risk'

10/19/2015


UV cuts C. diff transmissions on cancer floors

Study shows that ultraviolet robots helped reduce the transmission rates by 25%

10/19/2015


Study says chemicals, UV rays cut superbug transmissions

Using a combination of chemicals and UV light to clean patient rooms cut transmission of four major superbugs by a cumulative 30 percent

10/16/2015


Optimizing an operating room

Small efficiencies can add up to substantial time and cost savings

10/15/2015


Healthcare facilities avoid tripping hazards, bacteria seams in restrooms

Combination toilet/shower rooms are sometimes called universal design

10/14/2015


Q&A on storage in a corridor

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

10/14/2015


Telehealth expected to curb healthcare construction

CEO sees the number of hospital stays and surgeries trending down

10/13/2015


Princeton Healthcare System invests in cost-effective energy

Facility explored non-traditional energy-efficiency solutions to increase cost savings

10/13/2015


Ohio county considering portable hospital

Location and volunteers sought for emergency facility

10/13/2015


Technology can improve the patient experience

Patients expect the same tech conveniences in their healthcare facility as they do in their daily lives

10/12/2015


Adopting tech tools can advance facility professionals

Report says facility management's adoption of technology is lagging

10/12/2015


NFPA 99 for existing facilities addresses power strips

Overlooking these requirements can be costly

10/9/2015


Patch invented to repair hospital beds, prevent spread of infection

CleanPatch works like a Band-Aid to save healthcare facilities from prematurely replacing equipment

10/8/2015


Salt Lake City outpatient facility installs upscale bistro

In its first year, Mountainside Cafe registered 440 daily weekday and brought in nearly $500,000

10/7/2015


14 salmonella isangi infections reported at Detroit hospital

State health officials and Henry Ford Hospital staff are working to figure out the cause of the outbreak

10/6/2015


Joint Commission issues alert on fall prevention

Sentinel Event Alert 55 addresses preventing falls and fall-related injuries in healthcare facilities

10/2/2015


Infection control goes beyond hand washing

Purchasing equipment, protection during construction and preparing for disasters are part of infectious disease specialist's role

10/2/2015


Hospital central power plant expected to save $500,000 a year

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre expects to reduce the hospital's electricity consumption by more than two-thirds

10/2/2015


First all-digital hospital opens in Toronto

Humber River Regional Hospital described as green, lean and all digital

10/1/2015



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