Maintenance and Operations - March 2015

ES department can boost HCAHPS scores

Electronic work-request model can improve communication and patient satisfaction

3/30/2015


Jersey City healthcare facility has 'rampant' rodent problem

Residents and staff report mice in resident rooms, hallways and cafeteria

3/27/2015


Computerized system can address preventive maintenance mistakes

A computerized maintenance management system and a preventive maintenance strategy can increase a building's life span, save money and reduce equipment downtime

3/24/2015


Ice damages Pennsylvania VA healthcare center

Ice and cold damaged the recently built community health center at the VA Butler Healthcare System

3/23/2015


Hazards found in Georgia hospital elevators

More than one-third of the elevators inside Doctors, Trinity and University hospitals, and on the Georgia Regents Health System campus, had at least one violation last year

3/23/2015


Adapting facilities for primary care needs

Health systems are adjusting their scale and size for contracting strength with insurers, access to capital or cost-efficiencies

3/18/2015


Merging healthcare organizations need an operational efficiencies plan

A business plan of operational efficiency is a comprehensive, action-oriented system integration plan

3/17/2015


Oregon hospital fined for mislabeling hazardous waste

Oregon Healthy and Science University was cited for not labeling, or labeling inappropriately, hazardous waste containers in its storage facilities

3/16/2015


EPA updates hazardous waste pharmaceuticals standards

Disposing of pharmaceuticals regulated as hazardous waste posed a problem for facilities

3/13/2015


Surviving the Joint Commission survey

Results for any testing process are likely to be better with effective preparation

3/9/2015


Hospitals focusing more on patient comfort

Studies suggesting comforts mean more than fancy facilities

3/9/2015


Pest control in healthcare facilities

Locating, identifying and stopping infestations is key

3/5/2015


Sewage spill damages patient records, floods Australian hospital ER

Sewage spilled when a drain was blocked at the Adelaide Women's and Children's Hospital in South Australia

3/5/2015


On-site laundry can have big impact on long-term care

Laundry rooms must also comply with certain design regulations to prevent the cross-contamination of clean and soiled linens

3/2/2015



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