Facility Operations - September 2015

Health system uses IT with acquisition strategy

Citizen Memorial Hospital focusing on connecting its system

9/30/2015


Mass. hospital practices emergency planning

Lowell General Hospital prepares for disaster with an all-hazards plan

9/30/2015


Q&A on fire-rated barriers vs. smoke compartment barriers

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question on fire-rated barriers vs. smoke compartment barriers

9/30/2015


307 hand-washing stations set for Jamaican healthcare facilities

Regional Health Authority is installing the stations as part of measures to improve infection control

9/29/2015


BIM can bring efficiency to facility management

A building information model (BIM) allows facilities managers to share information about building components from initial design through ongoing maintenance

9/29/2015


Bacteria-fighting copper making a comeback in hospitals

Hospitals are installing copper components on 'high-touch' surfaces

9/28/2015


Meeting the emergency management requirement

Each of the six EM areas should be broken down to identify single-point-of-failure items and critical consumable resources

9/28/2015


Infographic addresses when to use bleach in healthcare facility

Managing spending while attacking HAIs can be a tough balance

9/28/2015


Massachusetts hospital honored for sustainability

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts has received a 2015 Redevelopment and Renewal Awards for sustainability impact, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

9/28/2015


Drywall poses danger at max-security psych hospital

Patients are destroying the drywall and make weapons from materials found inside

9/25/2015


Securing protected health information during file disposal

When a healthcare provider changes facilities, it is important that they understand how to properly dispose of or transfer PHI

9/25/2015


Careful specifications can prevent flooring failure

Flaws often begin to occur at the base with the concrete slab

9/25/2015


Operating room environment can address strategic challenges

When operating rooms have the correct levels of HVAC, they can help hospitals decrease risk of infection

9/24/2015


Cleaning standards at UK hospital questioned with 22 C. diff cases in four months

James Cook Hospital cited for a lack of adequate isolation facilities and standards of cleanliness

9/24/2015


Low-cost ways to improve environmental services

Report includes staff-based initiatives to improve operations

9/24/2015


Q&A on E Size O2 cylinders with handles

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question on E Size O2 cylinders with handles

9/24/2015


Boston safety net hospital aims to become city's greenest

Boston Medical Center expects a 50% reduction by 2020

9/23/2015


Taking a closer look at waste-removal operations

More health systems are looking at ways to minimize waste and safely reduce waste-handling costs

9/22/2015


New sewage leak reported at Venice hospital

Latest sewage breach forced Venice Regional Bayfront Health to evacuate patients and wall off a section of the facility

9/22/2015


Ontario hospital doubles number of security guards

Guelph General Hospital's new program was a result of a security audit done in the emergency department

9/21/2015


ES plays a growing role in fighting HAIs

Blog on CDC website says organisms that are difficult to kill and impossible to treat make environmental cleaning more important for the safety of patients

9/21/2015


MD Cancer Center ES manager honored

Facility Cleaning Decisions names 2015 Managers of Distinction

9/21/2015


Strategies for successful collaboration between infection prevention and environmental services to target zero HAIs

Studies suggest that when infection prevention (IP) and environmental services professionals work collaboratively, rates of infection transmission, process redundancies and costs are reduced

9/18/2015


Hunterdon Medical Center ES director honored

Facility Cleaning Decisions names 2015 Managers of Distinction

9/18/2015


Q&A on offsite fire drills

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question on offsite fire drills

9/18/2015


Review of sterilizing procedures for reusable devices urged

CDC and FDA stressing public health need to properly maintain, clean and disinfect or sterilize devices

9/17/2015


Masking noise and conversation in healthcare facilities

Technology uses loudspeakers to distribute an engineered background sound throughout a facility

9/17/2015


ES staff hand hygiene is key to infection control

But often there is a lack of understanding and training

9/16/2015


Reusable instruments can be an infection issue for outpatient facilities

Infection-spreading medical devices include a range of reusable instruments

9/16/2015


Surveillance cameras key to overall security program

Surveillance systems can enhance access control, reduce theft and provide another opportunity to protect individuals, information and the hospital campus

9/16/2015


Health organization urges safe, 'smart' hospitals in Caribbean

Effort designed to ensure the facilities can function during disasters and reduce their environmental footprint

9/16/2015


N.Y. hospital's green expansion includes co-gen plant

Plant will produce 90 percent of facility's daily electricity needs

9/16/2015


ES 'Departments of the Year' honored

Northside Hospital and Seton Medical Center Williamson win magazine's award

9/15/2015


Special legal and financial factors should be considered for healthcare lease guaranties

A lease is only as strong as the guarantor's financial condition

9/15/2015


Why aren't more facility managers embracing sustainability?

Not every facility manager is able to prioritize energy efficiency projects

9/14/2015


Nonclinical staff have role in patient satisfaction

Nonclinical staff should consider the myriad ways they can help to improve patient outcomes

9/14/2015


Practice Greenhealth releases sustainability report

Report encourages hospitals to improve sustainability efforts

9/11/2015


Safety protocols questioned after patient dies after falling from hospital balcony

Saint John Regional Hospital patient fell from a balcony to the hospital's lobby below

9/10/2015


New hospital compliance resources available

Joint Commission adds resources to physical environment portal

9/10/2015


Quebec superhospital plagued by sewage floods

SNC-Lavalin and the McGill University Health Centre working to fix recurring daily backups

9/10/2015


Europe's oldest hospital gets green energy upgrade

London's St Bartholomew's Hospital is investing in a combined cooling, heat and power plant to help boost the capital's energy security

9/10/2015


Sioux City hospitals increase security, training

Hospital staff trained as trainers for active shooter situations

9/10/2015


Q&A on suite boundary

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

9/10/2015


Natural disasters can hit healthcare finances hard

Emergency preparedness plans sometimes don't survive a natural disaster

9/9/2015


Networked lighting systems can unlock a healthcare facilities connectivity

The systems' capabilities include occupancy and vacancy sensing, flexible programming, task tuning and daylight harvesting

9/9/2015


Contractors can sink an accreditation survey

Healthcare facility staff should try and control the process as much as possible

9/8/2015


New technologies changing healthcare

Information technology will increasingly alter how and where healthcare is accessed and delivered

9/8/2015


Theft and budgets keep hospital's coffee under lock and key

The emergency department at Australia's Canberra Hospital to lock up the coffee and tea supplies due to budget restrictions and suspected theft

9/4/2015


Coordinating workplace violence prevention with community partners

A quality provider with experience in the industry will be familiar with best practices and standards that will enhance your plan

9/4/2015


Children's hospital installs a germ-zapping robot

The device is used as an extra layer of patient protection after hospital staff has cleaned the area

9/4/2015


Sarasota hospital is storm-ready

Sarasota Memorial Hospital has protocols in place to protect patients

9/3/2015


Kansas City hospital adds 'violence interrupters' to security efforts

'Interrupter's' job is to quell urges of retaliatory violence among shooting, stabbing and assault survivors and the victims' social circle

9/2/2015


Missouri hospitals working to prevent nurses' injuries

State is one of 11 requiring facilities to adopt safety initiatives

9/2/2015


Q&A on the path of egress through a construction area

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question on the path of egress through a construction area

9/2/2015


Dirty surgical equipment may have been used on 12,000 pediatric patients

Seattle hospital advises those who visited surgery center to get tested for hepatitis, HIV

9/1/2015


Four ways to save money while running a hospital

The average cost of running a small city hospital is nearly $200,000 a day not including clinicians' wages.

9/1/2015


Bike patrol targets smokers on Boston hospital campus

Brigham and Women's Hospital security guards check for smokers while making rounds on bikes

9/1/2015


Building automation can improve patient experience

Today's technology is allowing FMs to provide greater individual control in patient room

9/1/2015



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