Facility Operations - October 2016

Eerie photographs show Georgia hospital frozen in time

Records and syringes full of blood are exactly where they were left 15 years ago at the 'Bad Debt Hospital'

10/31/2016


Sinks added to fight infections can make the problem worse

Some sinks have been linked to the spread of dangerous bacteria

10/31/2016


Naval hospital recognized for energy and water programs

Naval Hospital Bremerton was one of only two Navy healthcare facilities recognized by the Secretary of the Navy's Energy and Water Management Award

10/31/2016


Copper healthcare facility surfaces can help fight infections

A new study says antimicrobial copper can minimize pathogens in hospital rooms

10/31/2016


Healthcare expert offers advice on establishing security plan

Training and planning can help to reduce incidents

10/28/2016


Tackling healthcare cybersecurity challenges

Many chief information security officers aren’t even close to having the tools they need to deal with cyberattacks

10/28/2016


Hospital maintenance crew committed to safety

They are the men behind the scenes, in the elevator shafts, air ducts, boiler rooms, water lines and every nook and cranny of Covenant Health Plainview

10/28/2016


Antimicrobial copper touch surfaces may help fight antibiotic resistance

Replacing frequently-touched surfaces with antimicrobial copper equivalents — teamed with good hygiene practices —could help address both the environmental spread of contamination and the rise of antibiotic resistance

10/28/2016


Rural hospitals lead in infection prevention

New research also suggests rural providers are ahead on care coordination

10/28/2016


Boston Medical Center and MIT partner for energy plan

Group will purchase almost all of its electricity through a new solar farm

10/27/2016


Waterline break leads to disruptions at N.C. hospital

Fire Department tanker trucks were brought in to Columbus Regional Healthcare to supply chillers

10/27/2016


UV air purification linked to lower sepsis rates

An ultraviolet air sterilizer can reduce infection rates in cardiac surgery patients

10/27/2016


Detroit Medical Center's correction plan for sterilization issues approved

The plan includes using a perioperative improvement council and task force to oversee improvement actions

10/26/2016


New bacteria strain requires effective healthcare facility cleaning

Rigorous cleaning standards can help to prevent spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

10/26/2016


Federal rule key to health IT infrastructure development

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) final rule requires oversight of health IT vendors

10/26/2016


Automating a reprocessing department

Automation can increase efficiency without cutting corners or skipping steps

10/26/2016


Chicago healthcare facility uses GPS to try to eliminate wait times

Rush River North Medical Center uses the location system to boot workflow

10/25/2016


HLAC encourages healthcare laundries to be proactive to break the chain of infection

Healthcare laundry providers to build a relationship with their customers' infection preventionists

10/25/2016


Getting administrative buy-in for facility security

Securing funding for public safety departments can be a challenge

10/25/2016


Toronto healthcare facility gets smart with technology

Humber River Hospital wanted automated building and clinical systems — to be able to work together and achieve a more sophisticated level of interoperability, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

10/24/2016


Indian Health Services hospitals facing challenges

Problems include sewage in the OR and physician vacancies

10/24/2016


How healthcare facilities can stay ahead of cybercriminals

Organizations must understand the risk and respond with continuous diligent cyber security

10/21/2016


Integrating security and safety technologies can benefit hospitals

A security integrator can help a healthcare campus make the most of its systems

10/21/2016


Philadelphia hospital to have smart patient rooms

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital installing voice-recognition technology

10/21/2016


Check your knowledge with a surface disinfection quiz

Outpatient Surgery's 20 questions test infection prevention insight

10/20/2016


Maximizing cooling tower technology for HVAC, power and industrial applications

New technology advancements provide up to 50 percent more cooling capacity, greater energy and installation savings, fewer components and easier maintenance

10/20/2016


Hospital room design linked to safety

Texas Tech University study finds design may keep patients safer and healthier

10/20/2016


Study says UV light cuts C. diff by 25 percent

Treating empty patient rooms can reduce infection rate in high-risk patients

10/20/2016


Specific heater-cooler linked to infections

CDC warning that one type of heater-cooler device could be spreading a serious bacterial infection

10/19/2016


Psychiatric hospital using cameras as health monitors

Broadmoor High Secure Psychiatric Hospital in the U.K. is giving monitoring the health of psychiatric patients with camera technology a trail run

10/19/2016


HPOE and the Joint Commission partner to create fall prevention tool

The guide describes contributing factors and solutions to prevent falls

10/19/2016


Hospital bed history can create C. diff risk

If the previous patient receives antibiotics, it puts the next occupant at an increased risk

10/18/2016


Joint Commission offering online violence prevention resource

“Workplace Violence Prevention Resources,” provides a range of resources for health care organizations

10/18/2016


Hospitals add family programming for extended stays

Hospitals are increasingly arranging for extracurricular services

10/18/2016


Morrison has 10-year agreement with Mayo Clinic

Four unions are involved in the transition

10/18/2016


Detroit Medical Center releases plans to correct infection control problems

U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services finds numerous issues with sterilization of instruments

10/17/2016


Indianapolis hospital closes operating rooms to conduct air quality testing

Community Hospital North has voluntarily suspended the use of six of its operating rooms

10/17/2016


Tips for medical waste disposal

Infographic details how to save money on waste disposal

10/17/2016


Pa. hospital security guards to become certified police officers

Training includes qualifying with firearms, criminal and constitution law, and testifying in court

10/17/2016


Identifying patient fall risks

Report describes how five hospitals reduced falls by 35 percent

10/17/2016


Hospitals focusing on security concerns

Survey says most American hospitals finding security more challenging

10/14/2016


HHS to help fund healthcare cybersecurity

Agency recently awarded corporate agreements to fight against healthcare cybersecurity threats and improve information sharing

10/14/2016


Healthcare infection forum focuses on devices and equipment

More attention urged to the role of medical devices and equipment in infection

10/14/2016


Hospital reopens NICU two months after bacteria discovered

Three babies tested positive for Pseudomonas bacterial infections in August

10/14/2016


Cooling towers may be linked to Legionnaires' outbreak

Minnesota Department of Health increased number of cases to 23

10/13/2016


Healthcare environment can help limit errors

Creating spaces with secure point-of-care storage and distribution is one way to medication errors, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

10/12/2016


Officials recommend arming healthcare security officers in N.Y.

A commission at the University of Rochester in New York has recommended arming public safety officers at the university medical center

10/11/2016


Building an energy efficient healthcare facility

Savings for St. Jude Medical Center Hospital came down to the advancements made in delivery and prefabrication

10/11/2016


Seven top-of-mind healthcare facility flooring considerations

From cleanliness and accessibility to heavy wear, wayfinding and promoting a healing environment, hospitals face a stringent set of challenges

10/11/2016


Hospitals use digital signage to improve patient experience

Solutions include wall screens, kiosks and smartphones

10/11/2016


Cybersecurity threats continue to evolve, impact healthcare providers

Ransomware is just one area to consider

10/11/2016


Calif. healthcare facilities deploy security robots

Dignity Health System is testing robotic surveillance

10/10/2016


‘Living Walls’ curb toxic air hot spots

Report shows that the contribution of green building envelopes has been underestimated

10/10/2016


High C. diff infection rates at teaching hospitals

Consumer Reports says only two teaching hospitals with at least 500 beds earned top prevention scores

10/10/2016


College's research finds copper helps reduce bacteria in hospitals

Researchers at Grinnell College say using a copper mix for all types of metal materials in hospital rooms can cut down on dangerous bacteria

10/10/2016


Hospital cutting food waste and cost

Providence Health trimming unnecessary food expenditures

10/10/2016


Detroit healthcare facility to hire consultant to oversee central sterile department improvements

As part of the Detroit Medical Center's deal with the state, it has agreed to hire a specialty consultant

10/7/2016


Oregon healthcare facility takes earthquake threat seriously

Hospital is ready to be put on alert at any time for a possible influx of patients

10/7/2016


Train crash tests Hoboken healthcare facility's readiness

Hospital's head of security launched into the disaster plan as soon as word was out

10/7/2016


Pictures of early healthcare IT shows how far it's come

The IBM booth at an American Hospital Association meeting in the 1950s showed off a new electronic time system for tracking employees

10/7/2016


Survey shows patient experience key in healthcare construction

2016 Hospital Construction Survey revealed the impact of consumerism on healthcare facilities

10/7/2016


Ohio Hospital Association honored for infection reduction

Hand-hygiene monitoring by med students increases compliance

10/7/2016


Oxfordshire artists 'angry and disappointed' after wood carvings are rejected by hospital

Carvings failed to meet stringent infection control standards

10/6/2016


Patient at another Washington hospital diagnosed with Legionnaires’

Patient at Overlake Medical Center not linked to University of Washington Medical Center

10/6/2016


Despite contaminated heater-cooler devices, Washington hospital still blames Legionella on ice machine

Five patients in the University of Washington Medical Center's Cascade Tower have contracted Legionella infections and two have died

10/5/2016


Most recent UWMC patient with Legionella believed to have been exposed during an earlier hospitalization

Patient likely exposed prior to the discovery of the Legionella outbreak and before water restrictions and Legionella precautions were implemented

10/5/2016


A European perspective on healthcare laundry infection control (Part Two)

Barrier concept designed to prevent cross-contamination

10/5/2016


The $54 million Mercy hospital doesn't have beds

330 staffers place video calls to patients using highly sensitive two-way cameras

10/5/2016


Hospital safety program cuts slips, falls

St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Fla., reduced the number of incidents by 16 percent in 2015 compared to the previous year

10/5/2016


Hospital sued for videotaping surgeries

Effort to catch alleged drug thief compromised the privacy of hundreds of women

10/4/2016


A European perspective on healthcare laundry infection control

Barrier concept is designed to prevent cross-contamination

10/4/2016


Pittsburgh VA hospital moves patients due to ventilation problems

Forty patients were transferred because a ventilation unit failed

10/4/2016


Minn. hospital to pay $20,000 in fines for safety violations

The fines were for 10 violations of workplace safety rules from 2014 to late 2015

10/4/2016


Hospitals and care homes fail food-safety inspections

More than 500 care providers in the U.K., including 19 hospitals and other NHS facilities, have failed hygiene inspections

10/4/2016


Boston Children's 2014 hacker says he did it to support patient

Anonymous said the hack was in support of a patient whose parents were under investigation for medical child abuse

10/3/2016


Providing subsistence foods for Alaska healthcare facilities

A team effort provides traditional meals to patients

10/3/2016


Louisville Healthcare facility gives McDonalds the boot

The lease for the restaurant on the first floor of Kosair Children's Hospital will not be renewed

10/3/2016


Storage bags fight inpatient infection

Storing equipment in breathable polypropylene mesh bags cuts infection rate

10/3/2016



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