Facility Operations - April 2015

Workplace violence is on the rise for nursing staff

An Occupational Health Safety Network report finds risks highest among nurse assistants

4/30/2015


Consider systems, human factor to curb infection, study says

Healthcare facilities urged to look beyond isolated practices of staff when working to curb infections

4/30/2015


Healthcare has most nonfatal occupational injuries for all private industries in 2013

One in five reported nonfatal occupational injuries occurred among workers in the healthcare and social assistance industry

4/29/2015


Kaiser Permanente plans increase of solar and wind power use

Kaiser Permanente plans to add on-site solar energy to as many as 170 of its California healthcare facilities, according to an article on the Health Facilities Management website

4/29/2015


Successful activating of an ambulatory care center

Activation will involve focusing on operational readiness, facility readiness and move logistics

4/29/2015


Rubber flooring has multiple benefits for nursing staff

Comfort is the benefit most often cited when discussing the positive impact rubber flooring has upon nurses

4/29/2015


Q&A on exit signage

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

4/28/2015


Some healthcare workers not trained on how to clean uniforms in-home

Many healthcare facilities require employees to clean some uniforms at home, but offer no training

4/27/2015


St. Joseph Health saves clinician time and improves patient care with secure on-demand printing

The system needed a solution that would help with printer management issues and user profile corruption in a virtualized desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment

4/27/2015


Instilling pride in your housekeeping team

Inspire them and they are going to go above and beyond their daily responsibilities and put patient needs above their own

4/24/2015


International collaboration focuses on patient safety

An international partnership of 16 health systems will collaborate on patient safety issues such as hospital-acquired infections

4/24/2015


Article sees problem with satisfied patients

The Atlantic says healthcare changes have led some hospitals to focus on making people happy, rather than well

4/23/2015


W.Va. veterans clinic closes again due to air quality issues

A clinic in Maxwelton, W.Va., that serves veterans in West Virginia and Virginia has closed again because of air quality issues, according to an article on the Herald Online website

4/23/2015


Healthcare energy management could be big business for utilities

The healthcare sector has an increasingly concentrated focus on the ways in which their facilities get and manage energy

4/23/2015


Toolkits designed to help healthcare facilities reduce energy

The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care launched two new interactive toolkits for healthcare

4/23/2015


Maximizing advanced lighting systems

Automatic sensing, daylighting harvesting and digital communication with other building systems such as HVAC and security are starting to represent the 'new normal'

4/23/2015


Legionella found at West Palm Beach VA again

The Legionella bacteria first appeared at the facility in January and the all clear was given then

4/22/2015


Irish hospital exposes patients to burn risks

Inspectors found unhygienic medication practices and safety hazards at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown

4/22/2015


Missouri hospitals prepare for severe weather

Staffs monitor weather briefings, go through their emergency checklists and test backup generators

4/22/2015


Emergency planning helps Michigan healthcare facility in flood aftermath

Storm brought up to 8 inches of storm water into the hospital's emergency department, the kitchen, radiation oncology, radiology, the in-patient pharmacy, and medical supply storage

4/21/2015


Q&A on egress lighting and battery powered emergency lights

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about egress lighting and battery powered emergency lights

4/21/2015


Protecting healthcare facilities from dirty devices

Instructions from manufacturers may not be enough

4/21/2015


Healthcare facilities can use model crisis plans to address disasters

Mathematical modeling cuts out much of the human analysis

4/21/2015


Spring is a good time to review long-term care safety

Spring is the perfect time to inspect, repair, install or improve the systems that keep the building safe and healthy, according to an article on the Long-Term Living website

4/20/2015


Q&A on dust on sprinkler heads

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about dust on sprinkler heads

4/20/2015


Patient violence among ECRI's patient concerns

ECRI Institute's 2015 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns also includes alarm hazards

4/20/2015


N.D. hospital adds Ebola-ready rooms

Sanford Health adds two new rooms equipped to safely treat patients with highly contagious infections

4/17/2015


Sierra Leone rebuilds healthcare system with eco-friendly medical waste disposal

Freetown's Goderich Emergency Surgical and Paediatric Hospital gets autoclave

4/17/2015


White House asks hospitals to fight health hazards of climate change

Healthcare community asked to help reduce potential harms

4/17/2015


Healthcare facilities automation systems evolve

The evolution of building automation systems follows the development of computers

4/17/2015


Hospital cuts falls with 'virtual sitter' system

St. David's North Austin Medical Center uses new technology to increase safety

4/16/2015


Healthcare power efficiency trends

Healthcare facilities are looking to improve efficiency, resiliency and cost

4/16/2015


Healthcare facilities with the cleanest patient rooms

At least 89 percent of patients surveyed reported that their room and bathroom were 'always' clean

4/15/2015


Maine hospital recognized for recycling program

York Hospital has volunteer 'Green Team' whose works to conserve the environment by ensuring that sustainability becomes an integral component of daily operations

4/15/2015


Long-term costs of infection control

Healthcare facilities are looking for best ways to prepare for outbreaks

4/15/2015


Technology helping hospitals to reduce infections

Automated disinfection systems have evolved to meet the needs of healthcare facilities

4/15/2015


Minnesota hospital brings critical power management into the digital revolution

Operations team ends testing nightmare, says automated compliance reporting and trending beat 'handwritten'

4/14/2015


Rubber flooring can boost workplace safety in healthcare facilities

Rubber floor coverings can help curb muscle fatigue and aching backs, legs and feet

4/14/2015


Indoor air quality linked to lung health

A study said that the quality of indoor air in nursing homes seriously affects the lung health of elderly residents, according to an article on the Long-term Living website

4/14/2015


Technology fights hospital-acquired infections

Healthcare facilities that fail to ramp up their efforts to reduce these types of infections face stiff penalties - among them, a reduction in Medicare payments

4/13/2015


Designing for long-term infection control

Planners and designers are working with clinicians and facilities staff to improve prevention from pre-design programming through specification

4/13/2015


OSHA updates workplace violence guidelines

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has updated its 1995 and 2004 editions of Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers, according to an article on the Long-term Living website

4/13/2015


Tips for leasing medical spaces

Healthcare systems face many hurdles as landlords, including arcane real estate arrangements and complicated regulatory issues

4/13/2015


Protecting healthcare staff from patients

Technology gives staff quicker and more efficient means of summoning help

4/10/2015


UCSF Medical Center gets $800K for sustainability efforts from PG&E

State-of-the-art energy efficiency systems were integrated in the design of new buildings

4/10/2015


Victoria Hospital denies cleaning problems

Whistle blower alleges problems with infection control and general hygiene at the Kirkcaldy hospital

4/10/2015


Advances improve healthcare AV options

Advances in hardware and software offer a wide range of alternatives for presenters and audiences

4/10/2015


Hospital security boosted after nurses express fears following attacks

Australia's Westmead Hospital reacts to reports of violent crimes near the facility

4/9/2015


Splashes can be overlooked risk for healthcare facility workers

Splashes from cleaning bedpans, and emptying suction cups can transfer a pathogen through the eyes, nose, or mouth

4/9/2015


Curbing incidents of wandering at senior facilities

Electronic equipment such as bed and door alarms, video cameras and resident tracking devices can help prevent elopement

4/9/2015


Kansas hospital tests positive for Legionella bacteria

The facility has installed filters in the showers in the long-term care and in-patient units

4/8/2015


Boston-area hospital to use new non-lethal security device

Newton-Wellesley Hospital to introduce devices for its security staff, as hospitals across the country have seen an increase in violent attacks by patients

4/8/2015


Ontario health system stresses locally grown food

Halton Healthcare Services is recognized for locally-grown foods project

4/8/2015


Healthcare design is putting more focus on infection control

Designers are now exploring more automated ways to combat bacteria

4/7/2015


Chemicals used to make products antimicrobial are classified as pesticides/biocides

Fabrics and flooring treated with antimicrobial agents that prevent bacterial growth create more problems than they solve

4/7/2015


Clinical waste is mixed up with linen at U.K. hospital

Waste was dumped in with dirty linen 40 times and sent off to the laundry

4/6/2015


Robots may reduce workloads in hospitals

UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay has 25 robots on staff

4/6/2015


Hospital recycling barriers studied

Most hospitals are collecting 40 percent or less of what could be recycled

4/6/2015


Dirty mops blamed for norovirus outbreak at hospitals

Cleaning staff are reusing mops contaminated with norovirus in north Cumbria in the U.K.

4/2/2015


Q&A on medical gas system deficiencies

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about medical gas system deficiencies

4/2/2015


HVAC burnout causes week-long EHR outage

California hospital recovering from the fallout of a week-long EHR outage triggered when an HVAC system burned out

4/1/2015


Practice Greenhealth releases new sustainability report

2014 edition of the annual healthcare benchmark report is available for download to members

4/1/2015


Dashboard offer budgetary and management benefits

Healthcare facilities can use business intelligence systems to search for more efficiency

4/1/2015


Designers predict shift from public to home-centric healthcare model

Australian architects expect a decrease in government spending on public healthcare and a push towards a more home-centric and technology-based healthcare service

4/1/2015


Health system offering technology stores

New Jersey medical center opens patient engagement resource

4/1/2015



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