Facility Operations - June 2015

Dallas' new Parkland Memorial Hospital receives LEED gold

The hospital previously won LEED gold for its eight-story parking garage and seeks the same status for its new power plant

6/30/2015


Dietary errors is an often hidden threat to patients

Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority identified 285 dietary errors in healthcare facilities during study

6/30/2015


Tips for sustainable environmental services

Environmentally sound practices can also save money

6/30/2015


Tracking healthcare facilities' energy use

By improving energy efficiency, hospitals can generate a new source of capital to increase the bottom line

6/30/2015


Testing infection prevention effectiveness

Confirming the disinfection of high-touch surfaces is important in healthcare facilities

6/29/2015


Focusing on infection prevention

There are a number of different best practices and technologies healthcare facility managers use to help help battle infections

6/29/2015


Fire detection, protection in healthcare facilities

Healthcare facilities require fire alarm and detection specifications at a higher level than in other buildings

6/26/2015


Proper washing, storage keeps most healthcare textiles safe

Laundering procedures shown to be effective at preventing the spread of infection

6/26/2015


Nursing home bedbugs a growing problem

Hospitals doing a better job than nursing homes dealing with pests

6/25/2015


Antimicrobial textile manufacturers address pandemic issues

Infection Control Today interviews manufacturers of personal protective equipment (PPE) and antimicrobial textiles on pandemic preparedness

6/25/2015


Vancouver emergency rooms not expected to survive major quake

Aging hospital buildings found to be at high-risk of collapse or being rendered useless by a strong tremor

6/25/2015


Healthcare laundry best practices reviewed

Laundry recommendations include adherence to standard precautions (gown and gloves) and minimal textile agitation when handling contaminated laundry in isolation rooms

6/25/2015


Illinois healthcare facility project boosts security

Franklin Hospital in Benton will upgrade emergency room

6/24/2015


Maine hospital project to benefit budget, environment

The annual savings for Pen Bay Healthcare could be more than $550,000

6/24/2015


Are wifi devices safe in healthcare facilities?

Radiation caused by wireless devices can interfere with medical equipment and lead to serious clinical consequences

6/23/2015


Tackling hospital facility challenges

Healthcare Construction+Operations News interview focuses on the challenges and opportunities that healthcare facilities face

6/23/2015


Hospital fire brings focus to trash chute safety

A fire at a New York hospital began in a trash chute, apparently caused by soldering during a necessary repair

6/22/2015


Q&A on ABHR dispensers in business occupancies

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question on ABHR dispensers in business occupancies

6/22/2015


Luxury vinyl tile gaining more popularity in healthcare facilities

New type of vinyl flooring is second only to carpeting in how frequently it is installed

6/19/2015


Designing for resiliency becoming more common place

Planning for resiliency isn't new to healthcare design. Facilities have been dealing with the impacts of natural disasters for many years, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

6/19/2015


Safety surveys can curb patient risk

Facilities must evaluate their safety practices to ensure they are doing everything they can to safeguard patients

6/18/2015


Housekeeping is a partner in infection control

Reducing the spread of germs and diseases is the responsibility of all employees

6/18/2015


Q&A on ILSM implementation

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question on ILSM implementation

6/18/2015


U.K. hospital trust fined for legionella control problems

Investigation identified a history of failing to manage legionella

6/17/2015


Going green paying off for Southeast Michigan healthcare facilities

Sustainability in healthcare is touching on mainstream from an operations standpoint

6/17/2015


Managing retail healthcare facilities with service automation

A new class of technology called service automation is supporting the rapid growth in retail healthcare

6/16/2015


Healthcare facility staff risks safety to avoid parking fees

Employees of of Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital are choosing to park off-site to avoid paying up to $76.60 for two weeks of secured parking

6/15/2015


Disinfecting while preventing harmful exposure

Study reports a growing a demand for disinfecting strategies and increasing evidence that exposure to cleaners can result be harmful

6/15/2015


Healthcare facilities face unique security challenges

Digitized healthcare records are extremely valuable to criminals and facilities are still learning how to protect them

6/15/2015


Does washing uniforms at home effect infection control?

A recent UK study (1) found that 44% of nursing staff washed their uniforms below the recommended temperature of 60˚C

6/15/2015


Saskatoon healthcare facility opens with state-of-the-art technology

The Southwest Integrated Healthcare Facility (SIHF) in Maple Creek, Saskatoon, will have nurse communication devices that are integrated with the telephone system

6/12/2015


The evolution of healthcare meal planning

Executive chef at Washington hospital discusses food service's role in healthcare, the farm to hospital trend

6/12/2015


Michigan hospital partners with salad restaurant

The Big Salad opens seventh location at the University of Michigan Hospital Cafe

6/12/2015


N.C. health facility cafe invests in pizza upgrade

The team at The Korner Cafe at Rex Healthcare in Raleigh worked on a shoestring budget and 'just made it happen' by adding the correct equipment

6/11/2015


Establishing healthcare disinfection programs

One tactic for improving the cleanliness of surfaces, is to use the right disinfectants

6/10/2015


Identifying Lean opportunities in healthcare

Lean is about reducing cost through the elimination of variation and waste

6/10/2015


Q&A on electrical safety program

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question on electrical safety program

6/10/2015


Room service adjusts to facilities' evolution

When a Long Island hospital absorbs 32-bed orthopedic program, needs and expectations changes

6/10/2015


Keeping patients safe from superbugs

CDC says healthcare facilities must do more to mitigate the threat of CRE

6/9/2015


Biggest trends in healthcare power, efficiency

More healthcare systems are considering a move to a self-reliant microgrid

6/9/2015


Geisinger Health Center renovates food service to boost production

The 350-seat Atrium Cafe, located on the campus's Hospital for Advanced Medicine, replaced three operations

6/9/2015


Drugs thefts reveal gaps in hospital security

Safeguards include restricted rooms, heavy surveillance

6/8/2015


Report eyes healthier disaster planning

Building healthier communities should be focus in disaster preparation

6/8/2015


Self-check-in kiosks can boost patient experience

San Diego-based Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group installs kiosks to remain competitive in changing market

6/8/2015


'Celebrity chefs' in healthcare foodservice

Healthcare foodservice chefs are consistently overlooked

6/8/2015


Concrete work causes noxious fumes in Michigan healthcare facility

Sparrow Hospital in Lansing detected fumes near operating room

6/5/2015


Planning fire drills in healthcare facilities

Staff, visitors, volunteers and others may ignore the fire alarm and continue to go on with their day

6/5/2015


Healthcare facilities stressing cleaning protocols for C. Diff

Almost half hadn't adopted strict limits on the use of antibiotics, but protective gear, separate hospital rooms and special cleaning techniques were in place in virtually all hospitals

6/5/2015


Concerns raised about fire-proofing materials at UK infirmary

Materials used in Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle cited for not meeting required standard

6/5/2015


Healthcare food service facing new challenges

As healthcare systems continue to consolidate, they must compete with other providers

6/5/2015


UK hospital installs security fence after sexual assaults

A rape and sexual assault of two women are among 30 incidents which reported at Sheffield hospitals in a three-month period

6/4/2015


Transforming healthcare lighting

Proper outdoor lighting is a critical element in shaping visitors' perceptions of a healthcare facility

6/4/2015


N.H. healthcare facility gets nonlethal devices for protection

Devices can record interactions with unruly patients or visitors, shine a laser pointer on them and shoot a stream of pepper gel

6/3/2015


'Design thinking' urged for healthcare tech

Design begins by gaining an understanding of how a system is likely to be used within a given environment

6/2/2015


Q&A on the required width of new corridor

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question on the required width of new corridor

6/2/2015


Healthcare facility's telecommunications system relies on five features

From verbal codes to technology, a hospital must be able to trust its communication system

6/2/2015


Canadian healthcare facility focuses on security after fatal shooting

Security at local hospitals is a top concern after a woman was attacked at Guelph General Hospital

6/1/2015


N.Y. hospital and civic center collaborate on energy proposal

Glens Falls Hospital and Adirondack Civic Center Coalition are seeking funding for a 'micro-grid' power project

6/1/2015



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