Facility Operations - November 2016

Focusing on infection control in the emergency department

Some EDs are making contributions to their facilities' HAI prevention efforts

11/30/2016


Designers rethink hospital gowns

New gown design includes antibacterial element

11/30/2016


Georgia hospital employee injured in shooting

A man opened fire inside a private hospital north of Atlanta

11/30/2016


Hospitals that buy locally can help communities

New toolkit offers ways for healthcare facilities to purchase locally

11/30/2016


New product sustainability information tool launched

SPOT, a web-based product sustainability information tool, can facilitate the selection of credible green products

11/30/2016


Duke testing robot-nurse

The robot is being developed through a collaboration between Duke’s School of Engineering and School of Nursing students and staff

11/29/2016


Perception of safety affects hospital quality, report says

Report explores the impact of nurses’ perceptions of workplace safety and their ability to assess and accurately treat patients

11/29/2016


Tips for creating a safer healthcare environment for workers and patients

All too often workers or patients are injured through slips, trips, falls, or other accidents

11/29/2016


Indianapolis hospital kitchen upgrades to improve food safety, quality

IU Health Methodist Hospital replaced equipment that has been here for around thirty years

11/29/2016


Change agent: Albert Manshum transforms Advocate Health Care's facilities

An architect by training, Manshum was attracted to healthcare facilities from early on in his career

11/29/2016


Pomona hospital employees fear patients are being sickened by dirty conditions

Employees of one of San Gabriel Valley’s largest hospitals say management has ignored situation

11/28/2016


California hospital paves way for systemwide LED exterior lighting upgrade

Employees and visitors started fearing for their safety when approaching and leaving St. Mary Medical Center

11/28/2016


Reducing HAIs in long-term care facilities

Long-term care facilities should implement an infection-control training model that addresses issues staff members encounter on a daily basis, according to an article on the Long-term Living website

11/28/2016


Indiana healthcare facility installs new energy-efficient lighting

Putnam County Hospital updated LED lighting in its parking lots

11/28/2016


2017 top medical tech hazards listed

ECRI Institute names potential infection hazards

11/28/2016


Operational technology could create hacking vulnerabilities

Devices and systems connected to cyber networks need to be evaluated

11/23/2016


Hospitals urged to be careful with the Internet of Things

During the past couple of months, malware has launched attacks against the Internet

11/23/2016


WHO says Zika no longer an international public health emergency

Zika and associated complications still a significant challenge

11/23/2016


A data-driven approach to healthcare facilities environmental services

All ES professionals should have data about the facilities they help to maintain

11/23/2016


Air curtains may be tool in the fight against Zika

Air movement is known to be effective in disrupting insect flight

11/23/2016


Managing an emergency or natural disaster

Information is key in a stressful and dangerous situation

11/22/2016


WHO recommends ways to stop surgical infections

In the U.S., surgical infections contribute to patients spending more than 400,000 extra days in hospital

11/22/2016


Managing technology in healthcare design

Managing the integration of technology into a building program can be complicated

11/22/2016


How we can stop healthcare-associated infections

Information is key in a stressful and dangerous situation

11/22/2016


Investigators searching for cause of fire in vacant building at Mass. hospital

An early-morning fire severely damaged a vacant building on the grounds of McLean Hospital in Belmont

11/21/2016


Infectious brain disease confirmed at Maine hospital

Portland hospital suspends elective surgeries in order to sterilize its surgical equipment and facilities

11/21/2016


Infection control problems tied to Hep. C outbreak

Researchers say 2013 N.D. nursing home outbreak caused by lapses

11/21/2016


Hospitals using coal are 'smoking a giant cigarette'

New Zealand Medical Students oppose using coal in healthcare facilities

11/18/2016


Former patient stabs five at Pa. mental health facility

The assailant was armed with a knife and an air pistol

11/18/2016


Maintaining indoor air quality in long-term care facilities

Older adults are more susceptible to the effects of airborne pollutants

11/18/2016


Tropical bed bug making a comeback

For the first time in 60 years, a tropical bed bug has been confirmed in Florida

11/17/2016


Water main break shuts off service to Missouri hospital

Hannibal Regional Hospital instituted a boil order after a water main break shut off service

11/17/2016


York Healthcare energy project honored

Healthcare facility recognized for the fourth time for lowering carbon emissions

11/17/2016


Inadequate cleaning of complex reusable instruments among Top 10 health technology hazards

The ECRI Institute rated top health technology safety hazards for 2017

11/16/2016


Soiled linens could carry C. diff, study shows

In the dirty areas, 23 percent tested positive for C. diff

11/16/2016


Walter Reed opens a two-acre wild garden

Healing Through Arts program area designed to help treat PTSD

11/16/2016


Hospitals investing in training of security employees

Survey shows a marked increase in such training to meet increasing security risks

11/16/2016


Lead scare at Ohio hospital traced to construction project

Elevated lead levels were found in part of the water supply at Miami Valley Hospital

11/15/2016


Healthcare facilities' energy efficiency challenge

Healthcare facilities must cope with the challenges of energy management in a mission-critical environment

11/15/2016


Report shows hospitals still struggling with deadly infections

But Wallowa Memorial Hospital reports that in 2015 they had no incidences of most bacterial infections associated with a hospital stay and just one case of the most dangerous.

11/15/2016


Nevada hospital installs bacteria-fighting OR light fixtures

Henderson Hospital install lights that continuously disinfect the environment

11/15/2016


Superbug outbreak costs an NHS hospital one million pounds

Imperial College London scientists assessed a 10-month outbreak of carbapenemase-producing enterobacteria

11/15/2016


Free Webinar: Integrating Efficiency into Healthcare – A Life Cycle Approach

It's scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, at 1p.m. Eastern

11/14/2016


Soiled linens may cause environmental contamination

New study suggests that soiled clinical linens may be a source of surface Clostridium difficile contamination

11/14/2016


Will overtime laws affect infection control measures?

Donning and doffing procedures may be about to change

11/14/2016


Healthcare facilities cultivating wellness with gardens

California healthcare facility cafe, garden helps feed the community

11/14/2016


Using copper to fight infection

Researchers have discovered that copper alloys destroy MRSA, norovirus and other pathogens

11/14/2016


Bacterial outbreak likely linked to infants’ deaths at Md. hospital

Prince George’s Hospital Center closed its NICU for the second time in a few months

11/11/2016


First cases of deadly fungal infection reported in U.S.

In June, the CDC issues a warning to hospitals about the deadly yeast infection

11/11/2016


UC San Diego Medical Center’s Arbor Café revitalizes space, menu

A complete renovation of the kitchen to accommodate made-to-order cooking for patient meals is in progress

11/11/2016


How hospitals use energy

Energy efficiency and patient satisfaction intersect in healthcare facilities

11/11/2016


Maintenance can help hospitals maximize access control’s benefits

Partnering with a security technology integrator can help solutions operate optimally

11/11/2016


USP 800 brings comprehensive, stringent regulations to hospital pharmacies

The hazardous drugs that fall within the jurisdiction of USP 800 is published by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

11/11/2016


Cleanliness: Analyzing HCAHPS' Question 8

With the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) reporting mandate in place, the subject of cleanliness has become even more important

11/10/2016


Michigan hospital plans security upgrade

The move came in response to complaints of a lack of security in the ER

11/10/2016


Addressing healthcare-associated infections with modern hand-hygiene practices

A longterm care facility's infection preventionist should ensure that infection control policies and programs are up to date, understood and followed, according to an article on the Longterm Living website.

11/10/2016


Keys for an effective infection preventionist

A longterm care facility's infection preventionist should ensure that infection control policies and programs are up to date, understood and followed, according to an article on the Longterm Living website.

11/10/2016


When it comes to security, realistic optimism is recommended

People with a glass-half-full attitude are much more successful

11/9/2016


New plant to keep Mass. hospital running during disaster

Baystate Medical Center will be able to operate for 30 days if the power goes out

11/9/2016


Five guaranteed ways to keep your cafeteria clean and up to code

To avoid the spread of bacteria, healthcare facility managers should ensure employees are using proper food handling and sanitation techniques at all times

11/9/2016


Healthcare facility growth will impact many areas

A smooth transition is critical for employees and patients

11/9/2016


Report alleges health system used security more for black patients

Michigan Health System is being sued by former employee who made internal report

11/8/2016


Report says healthcare workers lack basic cybersecurity awareness

Employees are 'low-hanging fruit' for social engineering attacks

11/8/2016


Healthcare facility C-suite's role in a disaster readiness efforts

C-suite members often are more effective as community leaders during a disaster

11/8/2016


Boston Medical Center food pantry feeding 7,000 patients a month

Healthcare facility has one of the first hospital-based food pantries

11/8/2016


Sharps and debris found in hospital laundry lead to staff safety concerns

Debris being found in 'clean' hospital linen across Canada's Saskatoon province

11/8/2016


California OSHA adopts nation's strongest workplace violence prevention

California adopted a standard intended to reduce workplace violence against healthcare workers

11/8/2016


Hospital shines a black light on hand washing

A Glo Germ demonstration showed staff just how good a job they did washing their hands

11/7/2016


Is it your software or you? Sorting out healthcare technology troubles

If your facility is a hospital, nursing home, or other facility that serves food, a nutrition expert can help you put together menus that support patient health.

11/7/2016


Center for Health Design launches new population health toolbox

Resource includes a library of expert insights, case studies, research data, strategies and tools

11/7/2016


Recycling non-hazardous PVC hospital waste

More than 40 percent of all plastic-based disposable medical devices used in hospitals are made from PVC

11/7/2016


Active shooter prevention strategies

Healthcare organizations can increase the chances that a planned attack will be averted

11/4/2016


New behavioral healthcare facility designed for teens

Washington region’s first behavioral healthcare facility focused on teens opens at Tacoma General Hospital

11/4/2016


Healthcare sector stumbling on cybersecurity

Healthcare industry has been hit with 22 major computer breaches in the last year

11/4/2016


Preparing for healthcare facility cyber attacks

Preventing attacks is difficult because threats evolve to take advantage of vulnerabilities

11/3/2016


Hospitals look to antibiotic-free meat to help reduce threat of superbugs

Making the transition to antibiotic-free meat can be challenging

11/3/2016


New York hospital recognized for facility management

New York-Presbyterian Hospital receives ASHE award for integrating management system with regulatory issues

11/3/2016


The value of strategic sourcing in healthcare

Strategic sourcing is defined as an institutional procurement process that continuously improves and re-evaluates the purchasing activities of a company

11/3/2016


Scrubs may help spread germs to patients

The spots most likely to be contaminated were sleeves and pockets

11/3/2016


Effluent tank helps hospital meet environmental standards

A new plant meets all of the hospital’s heating and hot water requirements

11/3/2016


San Antonio hospital increases security after employees attacked

Two nurses and a physical therapist were attacked in separate incidents

11/2/2016


Meet the new energy IoT

Helping hospitals avoid power outages when disaster strikes

11/2/2016


Getting a healthcare facility disaster ready

As part of its Emergency Preparedness Rule, CMS requires that healthcare facilities prove they are ready to deal with disasters

11/1/2016


Norfolk hospital fighting infection with copper-infused linens

More hospitals are using copper in bed linens, patient gowns and countertops

11/1/2016


Green U.S. hospitals recognized

Becker's Hospital Review names 50 hospitals

11/1/2016


Dallas-Fort Worth boiler system project allows for innovative ways to recover heat

New regional hospital project uses principle of lowering the heating-water temperatures

11/1/2016


Surveillance video shows moments before fatal Florida hospital shooting

Video shows shooter slowly walk past an unattended hospital reception area and into a hallway

11/1/2016



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