Maintenance and Operations - February 2015

Noise levels greatly influence patient comfort

An environment that produces fewer disruptions and allows for more consistent patient rest contributes to faster recovery and lower readmission rates

2/26/2015


Cleanliness concerns cited at Fife hospital

Inspection of U.K.'s Kirkcaldy's Victoria Hospital found dusty equipment as well as trolleys and chairs contaminated by blood and body fluids

2/25/2015


Boston hospitals battle to keep things running during winter storms

Facilities struggle with shortages of beds, linens and transportation

2/24/2015


Nursing home janitor and cook keep working without pay

Pair spent several days providing round-the-clock care for elderly patients after nursing home closes leaving residents behind

2/24/2015


Executives' strategies to improve hand hygiene

Executives offered novel concepts and suggestions to modify existing strategies

2/24/2015


New standards set for healthcare laundry facilities

Hygienically Clean Advisory Board introduces new testing protocols for certification

2/23/2015


Probe finds some Florida hospitals have infection control issues

Investigators found several Southwest Florida hospitals falling below national standards

2/23/2015


Handwashing leads to more worker dermatitis

Study reveals that dermatitis has increased 4.5 times in healthcare workers following increased hand-hygiene efforts

2/20/2015


South Carolina hospitals gear up for storms

Hospitals throughout the Greenville region prepared for the worst of expected storms

2/20/2015


Deadly tech hazards include patient-handling device errors

With the increasing use of advanced technology in hospitals comes an increasing risk of harm from misuse, according to a blog on the Forbes website

2/19/2015


Illinois nursing home given plan to shape up

Champaign County Nursing Home in Urbana instructed to improve conditions, food service

2/18/2015


Top eight risks in healthcare industry

Healthcare risks in South Africa analysis similar to those of worldwide peers

2/18/2015


Dealing with water outages

Planning can help ensure an outage does not cause a hospital shut-down

2/18/2015


EPA developing proposal for hazardous waste pharmaceuticals

Proposal will address concerns over the lack of notification requirements for those facilities that generate, handle or transport 'universal waste' pharmaceuticals

2/17/2015


Outdoor LED signs can promote community

Signage can promote a facility's mission, enhance a sense of community and disseminate of new, timely information

2/17/2015


Improving facility manager 'soft skills'

The ability to communicate the needs of maintenance staff to the C suite is key to promotion

2/17/2015


$75M gift to SF General to buy equipment and technology

Some of the money will be spent on smart beds, which can provide nurses with real-time patient information

2/13/2015


Surgeries cancelled after burst pipe floods Ontario hospital

St. Mary's Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, and it's neighbors face days of cleanup

2/12/2015


Preventing burst pipes Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, preventing burst pipes is discussed by several plumbing professionals

2/11/2015


Walk-in behavioral health clinics gaining popularity

The emerging trend of walk-in behavioral health facilities is providing a potentially better alternative to an emergency room visit, according to an article on the Behavioral Healthcare website

2/10/2015


Sealed TV remotes in patient rooms cut infections

Traditional remote controls are difficult to clean and sanitize

2/9/2015


Hospital security measures effect flower deliveries

New safety and security guidelines from the CDC and Homeland Security are changing the way flowers can be delivered to hospitals

2/6/2015


Whole Foods may expand into healthcare

The popularity of standalone walk-in retail clinics continues to grow, with organizations often leasing space formerly occupied by stores

2/5/2015


UCSF Medical Center offers robot-aided healthcare

Robots will haul blood samples, food, medication, biohazardous waste and other materials and supplies

2/4/2015


Key issues for healthcare facility condition assessments

There are many things to consider before launching the FCA

2/3/2015


Key differences between accreditation programs

Each accreditation organization conducts surveys differently

2/2/2015



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