Facility Operations - May 2016

What healthcare facility professionals need to know about the 2012 Life Safety Code

CMS has adopted the 2012 edition of NFPA 101: Life Safety Code® through a new rule changing its Conditions of Participation

5/31/2016


Hospital workers prep with earthquake simulator

To prepare for 'the big one,' a Canadian hospital used the Shake Zone to replicate an earthquake

5/31/2016


Wi-Fi offers opportunities for device innovation

Many healthcare facilities struggle to keep up with connectivity expectations

5/31/2016


Albuquerque hospital actively seeks locally grown produce, meats

Presbyterian Healthcare Services is seeking business relationships with New Mexican farmers and ranchers

5/27/2016


Lapses in infection control found at UCLA and Cedars-Sinai

Calif. state health inspectors focused on two of Los Angeles’ largest hospitals and found numerous safety violations

5/27/2016


Will new overtime regulations affect healthcare facilities?

New minimum salary level for the executive, administrative, and professional employee exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act will be $913 per week, or $47,476 per year

5/26/2016


Surgical equipment safety issues remain at Ann Arbor VA

Six months after particulate matter on surgical equipment temporarily stopped surgeries, concerns are again being raised

5/26/2016


What does the Internet of Things mean for healthcare?

Internet-connected devices can harness the power of big data analytics

5/26/2016


Clearing the air around hospitals

A collaboration in Charlotte, N.C., reduces air pollution at two medical construction sites

5/26/2016


EPA to finalize hazardous waste pharmaceutical disposal rule

Regulatory changes would provide new requirements for managing hazardous waste pharmaceuticals

5/25/2016


Mass. hospital equips some staff with walkie-talkies to call for help

OSHA told the for-profit psychiatric hospital to equip its staff with panic buttons and improve staffing levels

5/25/2016


Cleveland Clinic launches green revolving fund

The $7.5 million fund called the largest in healthcare

5/25/2016


From ambulance to ward with iPads

Devices are used when patients’ meals are ordered, mobile access to the patient files is needed

5/25/2016


Protecting healthcare workers from Zika during birth process

Birthing process exposes healthcare staff to patients’ body fluids

5/24/2016


Healthcare facility staff called key to patient safety

NPSF president says patient safety initiatives are everybody's business

5/24/2016


N.Y. bill would give healthcare facilities' security officers peace officer status

Bassett Healthcare Network’s security staff will be given certain powers while on hospital and clinic grounds or immediately adjacent properties

5/24/2016


N.Y. adult care facilities reviewing security after robbery

Emergency room at the Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport robbed by armed man

5/24/2016


Healthcare facilities encouraging wellness with on-site nutritional resources

Demonstration kitchens have become an innovative way for hospitals to engage the public in disease prevention and management, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

5/24/2016


N.Y. healthcare facility resident contracts Legionnaires' disease

A resident at an Auburn facility has tested positive for Legionnaires' disease and trace amounts of legionella have been detected in the water system there

5/23/2016


The value of sustainability in healthcare

Healthcare facilities that pursue sustainability initiatives find multiple benefits

5/23/2016


Healthcare video surveillance balances security and privacy

Footage captures anesthesiologist removing drug vials, but also exposes many female patients

5/23/2016


Venezuela’s failing hospitals lack reliable power, water supplies

At the University of the Andes Hospital there is not enough water to wash blood from the operating table

5/23/2016


Study lists high-touch OR areas

The CDC's recommendations to clean high-touch areas more frequently did not include surfaces in the operating room

5/20/2016


Managing fluid waste in the OR

Outpatient Surgery readers share tips on keeping ORs floors dry

5/20/2016


Carolina East Health System installs thin client workstations

System wanted to replace many of its physical desktops with thin clients and centrally manage applications and desktops

5/20/2016


Program helps healthcare facilities to reduce energy usage

Commissioning building stock is becoming a means of identifying energy-efficiency opportunities

5/20/2016


CMS, Joint Commission adopting 2012 NFPA 101 Life Safety Code

Groups will begin surveying to the 2012 version of the National Fire Protection Association’s 101 Life Safety Code as of July 5

5/19/2016


Washington boosting healthcare facilities' security after escapes

Two patients escaped and another two went missing from the state's psychiatric hospitals in one week

5/19/2016


NIST design guide could impact healthcare cybersecurity

NIST released a guide for IT developers on integrating security measures into the development process

5/19/2016


Antibacterial soaps, disinfectants and antiseptics can result in more bacteria

Triclosan and triclocarbon are the ingredients to avoid

5/18/2016


Strategic dispenser placement key for hospital hand hygiene

Research shows that hand-hygiene dispensers have an impact on compliance rates

5/18/2016


Maintaining clear visibility in the OR

Smoke, fog and debris impede a surgeon's view

5/17/2016


Hospital's surveillance cameras identify woman stealing baby

A woman turned herself in to police after allegedly stealing a newborn baby from Louisiana hospital

5/17/2016


N.H. hospital looks outside to improve facilities management

Huggins Hospital outsources organization and management of hospital operations and maintenance

5/16/2016


Visuals show where to place hand-sanitizer dispensers in healthcare facilities

When it comes to hand sanitizer dispensers, location matters more than quantity

5/16/2016


Creating a patient watch program

Appropriate staffing, training, collaboration and contract language can help ensure the safety of patients, clinicians and security officers

5/16/2016


Biloxi VA facility opens textile processing facility

The new facility marks the first time since Hurricane Katrina that the medical center is processing its own textiles

5/13/2016


Benefits of wireless access control in a healthcare facility

Key cards, PINs, passwords and biometrics are just a few of the options available

5/13/2016


Facility management critical to infection control

Overlooking facility design, operations and management could prove costly

5/13/2016


HDTV system gives Steward Health Hospital quality entertainment to enhance patient experience

HD programming provides home-away-from-home comfort for patient satisfaction

5/13/2016


Cross-contamination prevention tips

Infection preventionists discuss top infection threats and solutions

5/12/2016


Healthcare facilities management can curb spread of super bugs

Report says effective facility design, operations and management can cut infections

5/12/2016


Toronto hospital an all-digital healthcare facility

Humber River is North America's first all-digital hospital

5/12/2016


Keeping diseases out of healthcare facilities

When staff and vendors take specific steps to prevent infection, rates can decrease by more than 70 percent.

5/12/2016


Healthcare accounts for 23% of all data breaches

The number of breach victims tripled in the last two years

5/11/2016


Nursing homes working to protect wandering dementia patients

Two Eastern Iowa facilities faced combined fines of $17,000 last year for allowing residents to wander away

5/11/2016


Enhancing patient satisfaction and provider efficiency in healthcare with in-building wireless

A successful healthcare operation incorporates reliable and efficient communication among all parties

5/11/2016


U.S. hospitals with cleanest rooms ranked

Eighty-nine percent of patients report that their room was always clean

5/11/2016


An 18-year-old invents copper pajamas to fight MRSA

10 million MRSA bacteria on a copper surface will shrink to 0 in an hour

5/10/2016


Keys to healthcare facility staff food and drink

The Joint Commission doesn't currently have specific standards

5/10/2016


Boosting efficiency in healthcare retail foodservice

Speed of service has become just as important as food quality for a healthcare facility foodservice operator

5/10/2016


Meet the microbes living on your hospital floor

While hospitals maintain strict protocols for minimizing infections and the spread of microbes, facility managers may be overlooking a prime area of concern

5/10/2016


Real time location systems in healthcare

A number of drivers point to its usefulness for providers and patients

5/9/2016


Hospitals urged to consider worker safety when choosing a disinfectant

NIOSH received a complaint asking for a health hazard evaluation at a hospital because employees were reporting adverse symptoms

5/9/2016


NFPA to offer life safety specialist certification for healthcare facility professionals

Certification recognizes advanced knowledge of life safety in healthcare; code compliance in facilities

5/6/2016


Integrating security into healthcare design

Security plans for individual healthcare facilities should begin before a project even breaks ground

5/6/2016


CMS publishes final rule on fire safety requirements for certain healthcare facilities

The rule adopts updated provisions of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code (LSC) as well as provisions of the NFPA’s 2012 edition of the Health Care Facilities Code.

5/6/2016


Hospital has Vancouver Island's largest array of solar power

The panels and installation cost $320,000

5/6/2016


Tips for more effective maintenance planning and scheduling

Effective maintenance planning and scheduling will deliver a safer and more cost-effective work environment for an asset-intensive facility

5/6/2016


Video games used in hospital safety training

Hospital staff will be trained using goggles that allow them to see the computer-generated facility 360 degrees around them

5/5/2016


Alberta funding more healthcare facility maintenance

Rapid transfer unit for ambulance patients at University of Alberta hospital to be permanent

5/5/2016


Hospital project setting energy conservation standards

British Columbia healthcare facilities designed to be the most energy efficient in the province

5/5/2016


Review of the HHS/CMS fire safety requirements completed

The proposed rule would incorporate much of the 2012 NFPA codes, but also makes exceptions

5/5/2016


Healthcare data security perimeter should be at server level

Leading cause of data breach incidents in healthcare facilities is lost or stolen end-user devices

5/5/2016


Researchers develop an anti-biofilm nano coating

Coating can prevent destructive bacterial biofilm from forming on metal surfaces

5/4/2016


Expert blames all Ebola outbreaks on infection control lapses

Staff, stuff, systems and space are needed to combat infections in healthcare deficient areas

5/3/2016


Healthcare system adding microwave meals to food service

Officials say it will mean greater choice and less waste

5/3/2016


Preventive maintenance can help healthcare facility budget

Facility managers must proactively manage the maintenance needs of his or her facilities

5/3/2016


Boston hospital security officers 'armed' for on-site ODs

Security officers carry opiate antidote so they can save the lives of drug users who overdose

5/2/2016


Healthcare facilities need a building envelope and HVAC strategy for patients' well-being

Technology advancement has resulted in better treatment for patients and has also led to higher energy consumption and elevated costs

5/2/2016


Healthcare facilities bring IoT to patient care

Aged care providers are sewing sensors and RFID technology into patient gowns

5/2/2016


Louisiana hospitals with cleanest rooms ranked

Eighty-six percent of patients report that their room was always clean

5/2/2016


Reducing airborne healthcare-associated infections

Indoor air quality and building hygiene can impact infection rates

5/1/2016



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