Facility Operations - July 2015

'Bedbugs' at Texas hospital turn out to be fleas

Midland Memorial Hospital officials call pest discovery an isolated incident

7/31/2015


Establishing a facility hygiene plan

Having a plan helps organizations can address critical elements that can contribute to environmental hygiene issues

7/31/2015


Hospital IT problems prevent elderly patients from ordering meals

Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth was the first in western Australia to implement a digital medical record system and bedside computers to order food

7/31/2015


Florida hospital sewage leak threatened patient safety

Venice Regional Bayfront Health's response to a large sewage leak at the hospital called inadequate

7/30/2015


Qatar women's healthcare facility restricts patient room decorations

Hospital cautions the public against decorations and other unsafe practices to ensure a clean and safe environment

7/30/2015


Savannah hospital has system to prep for hurricanes

St. Joseph's/Candler tracks hurricanes while coordinating efforts with other groups

7/29/2015


Women impersonating staff rob N.C. nursing home residents

Two women who wore hospital scrubs allegedly stole jewelry from residents at two Cary retirement communities earlier this month

7/29/2015


Healthcare facility cleaners protesting Vancouver Coastal Health practices

Ex-Aramark employees were expecting to be rehired to cleaning positions within Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) but didn't make the cut

7/29/2015


Washington hospital installs 'hyper-efficient' HVAC system

Whidbey General Hospital's variable refrigerant flow systems save energy and use less ductwork than traditional systems

7/29/2015


Hospital lowers C. diff rates by switching cleaners

St. Luke's Boise (Idaho) Medical Center moves away from beach and start using a bundled approach with a different cleaner

7/28/2015


Determine long-term energy efficiency by analyzing systems

Healthcare facilities have health and safety requirements that make energy reduction difficult

7/28/2015


Q&A on security cameras in stairwells

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question on security cameras in stairwells

7/27/2015


Layered security and internal access controls for healthcare facilities

Each security layer is designed to delay an intruder or attacker as long as possible

7/24/2015


The certified energy manager's role becoming more important in healthcare

The new designation has been created in response to the growing need to manage complex energy projects

7/24/2015


Command centers are a planning necessity

A hospital command center should be set up for internal or external emergencies that would impact the facility's ability to provide patient care

7/23/2015


N.Y. healthcare facility to save $14.5 million with retrofit

Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira makes infrastructure improvements and equipment upgrades

7/23/2015


Partnering for infection prevention

Collaborative working relationships between infection prevention and control and environmental services can reduce rates of infection transmission

7/23/2015


Energy management platform concerns

Energy management platforms have undergone significant advancement and add a new level of intelligence to healthcare facilities

7/23/2015


Company bringing on-demand healthcare facilities to offices, homes

Service launched in Dallas-Fort Worth is providing on-site healthcare that can be delivered within a day's time at the tap of a button

7/22/2015


What defines indoor air quality in healthcare facilities?

Hospitals and healthcare facilities must comply with ASHRAE and other regulatory standards

7/22/2015


Maintaining a barrier management protocol in place

With a protocol in place, a healthcare facility is less vulnerable to vender mistakes

7/22/2015


Beyond disasters: Benefits of resilient design for healthcare

Resilient design can reduce operating costs and improve health and well being of employees and patients

7/21/2015


Health industry not adopting worker safety protocols

Report says that hospital executives have no plan of action for lowering injuries to nurses

7/21/2015


Q&A on blood draws in behavioral health corridors

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question on blood draws in behavioral health corridors

7/21/2015


Telehealth could be cost-saver in patient care

Studies expect growth in telehealth for home health care

7/20/2015


Digital signage uses in healthcare

When a visitor enters a healthcare facility, digital signage can engage and inform

7/20/2015


Fall prevention technology issues to consider

New products should be balanced with a complete fall prevention strategy

7/17/2015


Uzbekistan hospitals focus on safety and resilience

WHO/Europe is helping train national experts in applying the Hospital Safety Index

7/17/2015


Healthcare facilities need more cybersecurity personnel

New advances in the industry are creating a need for employees

7/17/2015


Safety issues raised soon after Australia hospital opening

Serious problems, including food safety issues, were reported at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital

7/17/2015


Sterilization unit lapses cause Texas hospital to cancel surgeries

UMC of El Paso cancels elective and non-emergency surgeries after receiving a preliminary denial of accreditation

7/17/2015


Environmental services staff called essential to care team

Article discusses vital environmental services at healthcare facilities

7/16/2015


Alarm system fails in U.K. hospital fire

Patients and staff were evacuated from Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary following a fire as an alarm system failed

7/16/2015


Cameras in nursing homes popular with families

Nursing homes worried that cameras could compromise what little privacy and dignity residents have left

7/15/2015


33 staff at Oregon hospital hit by norovirus

Outbreak sickened more than 30 people working in the pediatric intensive-care unit of Doernbecher Children's Hospital

7/14/2015


Texas hospital increases security after two employees robbed

Two employees were robbed at gunpoint while sitting outside Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital in Humble

7/14/2015


Hospitals named to 2015's Most Wired list

The survey examines how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based healthcare

7/14/2015


Tennessee reviews certificate of need process

Reform efforts aims to increase competition and spending among health care organizations

7/14/2015


White paper on germ-zapping robot available

Paper on Becker's Hospital Review website offers an evidence-based case for ultraviolet light disinfection

7/13/2015


Study explores cost of Ebola readiness

Researchers are examining the resources hospitals have used and the challenges and benefits of their efforts

7/13/2015


Q&A on sprinkler testing certification

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question on sprinkler testing certification

7/13/2015


Hospital ordered to tighten infection control after blood found on mops, footwear

Inspectors says standards need to improve at Scottish hospital in order to reduce the risk of infection

7/10/2015


Guaranteeing healthcare facility backup power

On-site backup power equipment can ensure reliability, safety and productivity

7/10/2015


Illinois hospitals prepare for tornadoes

Staffs monitor local weather and revisit and practice their emergency plans

7/10/2015


Thief dressed as hospital employee robs patient in hospital room

Elderly patient in Bridgeton, Mo., robbed of jewelry, purse

7/9/2015


Medical equipment maintenance demands more resources

New Joint Commission regulations and standards for maintenance were recently announced

7/9/2015


Illinois considers in-room security cameras for nursing homes

Illinois would become the fourth state in the U.S. to allow video and audio monitoring devices in nursing homes

7/9/2015


Surveillance/intervention boosts hand hygiene

Cameras positioned at hand-hygiene stations and immediate one-on-one intervention improves compliance

7/9/2015


High school students invent metal detector for hospital laundry

An alarm alerts employees to potential danger and the system automatically records the incident

7/8/2015


Fire service orders UK hospital to improve safety

Serious concerns relate to fire proofing materials in the hospital which do not meet the required 60-minute protection standard

7/8/2015


GPS devices can improve security for dementia patients

New study in Norway says patients experienced increased levels of physical activity using GPS devices

7/8/2015


OSHA healthcare inspections to target common injury causes

The agency is expanding its use of enforcement resources in hospitals and nursing homes

7/7/2015


Hospitals RFID chips focus on patient safety

University of Vermont Medical Center tracks medications, kits using radio frequency identification technology

7/7/2015


BlackBerry may go bacteria-free for hospitals

Company considering a bacteria-free smartphone to become the secure mobile choice for the healthcare industry

7/6/2015


Uniforms raise concerns at Perth hospital

A mandatory uniform for staff at Fiona Stanley Hospital in Australia has comfort and safety issues

7/6/2015


Report says hospital food can be a hazard

Hospital patients with special dietary needs could have allergic reactions or swallowing problems

7/6/2015


Pennsylvania hospitals boost patient security

Monongahela Valley, Uniontown hospitals implement new technology and increase visitor security policies

7/2/2015


Hospitals considering patient lifts face challenges

Retrofitting rooms with ceiling-mounted lifts would increase staff use of assist equipment

7/2/2015


Robots may improve healthcare efficiency

Robotics can provide additional capacity and capability to unmet needs

7/2/2015


Healthcare facilities find new funding sources for infrastructure upgrades

Federal tax programs and many state and local incentives are available

7/2/2015


Q&A on UL labels vs. an ETL labels

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question on UL labels vs. an ETL labels

7/1/2015



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