Facility Operations - April 2016

Children banned from hospital's roof garden due to safety fears

Use of the roof top garden in the specialist unit on Scotland's Queen Elizabeth University Hospital site had to be banned amid fears it was dangerous for patients and people walking below

4/29/2016


Violence-plagued Minnesota hospital on lockdown after man threatens self-immolation

Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center has been seeking funding to bring violence and a rash of workplace injuries under control

4/29/2016


Non-emergency patients steered away from Dubai hospital’s new ER

Patients are encouraged to use non-emergency healthcare facilities for minor conditions

4/29/2016


Patient meals declared a safety issue at N.Z. hospital

Poor quality of patient meals has become a staff safety issue in mental health wards

4/29/2016


What can behavioral healthcare facilities do to reduce workplace violence?

Established policies and procedures can foster safety, according to an article on the Behavioral Healthcare

4/29/2016


Going tobacco free can be hard for healthcare facilities

Enforcing a tobacco-free policy that prohibits people from using tobacco in healthcare facilities and on campus grounds can be complicated

4/28/2016


Technology modernizes Illinois hospital's emergency planning

Software centralizes critical building information for first responders

4/28/2016


U.K. care village cited for failure to make improvements

A Scunthorpe care village that was branded 'inadequate' by health inspectors last September has failed to make improvements

4/28/2016


FDA increases estimate of scope-related infections

Food and Drug Administration says the number is closer to 350

4/27/2016


Hospitals are adopting high-tech innovations

3-D printed building models, telemedicine drones and mega RFID systems among the advances

4/27/2016


Q&A on emergency outlet locations

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about emergency outlet locations

4/27/2016


Texas A&M releases recommendations on 'campus carry' law

System officials still want to ban firearms in certain parts of campus, including healthcare facilities

4/26/2016


GAO focuses on violence in healthcare settings

Government Accountability Office (GAO) report recommends actions to address violence directed at the healthcare workers

4/26/2016


Options for funding energy-efficiency projects

Financing alternatives can help healthcare facilities launch green initiatives

4/26/2016


New air balance manual includes chapter on testing, balancing healthcare facilities

The manual details the minimum standards for total system balance, assists design professionals in achieving design intent and ensures that proper methods and procedures are followed

4/25/2016


Factors to consider when choosing a venue for healthcare training

Infographic describes seven factors to consider when choosing a venue for healthcare training

4/25/2016


Fall prevention standards called potential game changer

The healthcare industry has the highest percentage of accident claim costs associated with falls

4/25/2016


Coordinated response urged for emerging superbug

Simulation shows coordinated efforts prevented more than 75 percent of the infections

4/22/2016


Maintaining data security while moving

Healthcare data security must remain a top priority, even when changing locations

4/21/2016


Report focuses on improving cleaning and disinfection of surfaces

Traditional manual cleaning and disinfection practices in hospitals are often lacking

4/21/2016


Warming cabinets updated

New features promote safety, convenience

4/21/2016


Guide focuses on how hospital's physical environment can impact patient experience

American Society for Healthcare Engineering develops report to educate hospital leaders on ways to improve HCAHPS scores

4/21/2016


Detroit hospital cancels surgeries because of discolored water

Patients, staff use bottled water, hand sanitizer at Henry Ford Hospital

4/20/2016


Q&A: Keeping surfaces clean in hospitals

Dr John Boyce, co-author of a review looking at the best ways to keep surfaces clean in hospitals, answers questions about the work on the OnBiology blog

4/20/2016


Monetizing outpatient facility holdings

Hospitals and healthcare systems are reconsidering the value of their real estate

4/20/2016


Washington hospital reports infection control breach

Sterilization misstep at PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview potentially exposed 260 patients

4/19/2016


Va. VA medical center told to improve cleanliness, training

Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond should improve in various areas, according to VA inspector

4/19/2016


Healthcare system's ransomware attack allowed by known security flaw

Last month’s attack on MedStar Health’s computer systems came through a well-known security vulnerability in an application server

4/19/2016


Ebola virus discovered after high-isolation unit is cleaned

Findings stress the importance of thorough terminal disinfection

4/18/2016


Joint Commission updates emergency management info after Brussels attack

Portal now includes a new resource under the Violence/Security/Active Shooter section

4/18/2016


Campaign targets hazardous smoke from ORs

Surgical smoke produced in operating rooms as a byproduct of medical devices is hazardous to clinicians

4/18/2016


Hospital's new food service hitting snags

Brantford General Hospital started a new method of heating and serving meals to patients

4/18/2016


Q&A on lower bottom rods

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about lower bottom rods

4/18/2016


Safety upgrades urged for psychiatric hospital

Minnesota governor urges legislators to pay for upgrades and staffing increases after staff injuries

4/15/2016


Cleaning GI scopes with steam sterilization

A shift in endoscope reprocessing from high-level disinfection to steam sterilization is urged

4/14/2016


Benefits of partnering with suppliers

Benefits are lost when healthcare facility leaders and vendors don't develop the customer relationship into a partnership

4/14/2016


U.K. healthcare facility to generate its own power with windmill

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, Norfolk, will generate renewable electricity on-site

4/13/2016


A strategy for proper exchange carts usage

It is unsafe to return unused linens on exchange carts from the hospital to the laundry plant

4/13/2016


Healthcare facilities laundry breach infection control tests

More than a quarter of laundry in NHS Lanarkshire breaches infection control tests

4/13/2016


"Cleaning' hospital food

Stanford Health Care menu features items you'd expect from a high-end restaurant

4/12/2016


Hospital uses real-time location system to improve security, safety and operations

The system uses the hospital’s Wi-Fi network to provide real-time updates on the status and location of patients, caregivers and equipment throughout the hospital

4/12/2016


Hospitals urged to avoid antimicrobial furnishings

Health Care Without Harm suggests seeking more evidence on the safety and efficacy of furnishings containing antimicrobials

4/12/2016


Q&A on locks on cable on sprinkler pipe

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about cable on sprinkler pipe

4/12/2016


Texas health system switches to private security force

Good Shepherd said its private security staff has made 'significant progress'

4/11/2016


Evaluating the value proposition of project vendors

A vendor management system can provide clear scope definition, contractual rights, a cost structure, a payment mechanism and a dispute resolution process

4/11/2016


Trends in technology for patient care

A new white paper explores why and how technology can play a crucial role in influencing the patient experience

4/11/2016


Technology can boost healthcare facility operations

Facilities are using technology to cut down on paper and increase efficiency

4/11/2016


Improving healthcare facility security

Healthcare providers must adhere to regulations for security systems to protect patient privacy

4/11/2016


Waiver and equivalency confusion

There are often questions about the process to submit waiver and equivalency requests

4/8/2016


Temple University Hospital employees douse a fire in a patient's room

Patient in a double room set his mattress on fire and walked out of the room

4/8/2016


OR/procedure room cleaning checklists available

Researchers found only 25 percent of OR surfaces targeted in a study had been cleaned thoroughly

4/8/2016


Maintaining a healthcare facility emergency power system

Deficiencies in emergency standby power systems among the top 10 Joint Commission issues

4/7/2016


Oregon healthcare facility operates waste-recycling facility

Program separates waste from six hospitals and employs developmentally disabled staff

4/7/2016


Q&A on locks on ABC dry powder fire extinguishers

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about ABC dry powder fire extinguishers

4/6/2016


Study says hospital air helps spread bacteria

Bacterial resistance to antibiotics poses a serious challenge to infection control

4/6/2016


U.K. hospital plans investigation after patient climbs onto roof

Patient from mental health unit climbed onto the roof before being coaxed down three hours later

4/6/2016


Internet of Things growing in healthcare facilities

As data become easier to share, the impact will increase

4/5/2016


All areas of healthcare facilities need air purification

Waiting rooms and restrooms don’t always receive the same level of attention as patient and operating rooms

4/5/2016


Waiting room signage keeps families informed

Electronic medical records system can help to keep those in the waiting room informed and occupied

4/5/2016


Healthcare facility works to use water wisely

Sustainable water management helps the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity to save water and maintain lavish gardens

4/4/2016


Healthcare facilities can generate energy savings with GPOs

Group purchasing organizations help health systems lock in prices

4/4/2016


Common misconceptions about QAC

The quaternary ammonium chloride compound market has substantially evolved since its inception more than 100 years ago

4/4/2016


Facilities professionals have role in patient safety initiatives

National Patient Safety Foundation leader discusses the role of facilities professionals with Health Facilities Management

4/1/2016


Hospital cafeteria upgrades focus on health, improved experience

Hospital kitchens hiring away restaurant chefs

4/1/2016


Integrating capital planning and facility management

For these groups to attain alignment of purpose and resources, each group needs visibility into the data

4/1/2016


Modesto hospital disinfects rooms with robotic housekeeper

‘Germinator’ eliminates superbugs on surfaces

4/1/2016



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