Facility Operations - July 2016

Facility staffs express concern over security following Kanagawa stabbing

Lone intruder at a care facility for disabled people kills 19,

7/29/2016


India hospital deaths blamed on power cut

21 patients at Gandhi Hospital died after power outages

7/29/2016


Delivering internal customer service in healthcare facility security

There is a host of stakeholders inside a facility who public safety and security departments must serve

7/29/2016


Focusing on interiors and exteriors in healthcare environments

Designers talk about the mutually supportive role interior and exterior spaces play

7/29/2016


Legionella risks in building water systems

There are potentially significant liability risks related to water quality in the healthcare sector.

7/29/2016


Decision to leave suspect at hospital broke with state guidelines

Police decision to leave suspect before teen's killing under scrutiny

7/29/2016


Outdated security devices can get left behind

Security personnel unknowingly disconnect them during security upgrades

7/28/2016


What you need to know about the new HIPAA guidance on ransomware

There has been a 300% increase in ransomware attacks in 2016

7/28/2016


N.J. hospital earns top honors at culinary competition

Valley Hospital won the national 2016 Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) Culinary Competition

7/28/2016


New E. coli strain reinforces need for effective ES

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

7/28/2016


NHS could save £26.4 million annually with CHP

A report says that combined heat and power (CHP) provides the biggest energy saving opportunity

7/27/2016


Philly hospitals ready for potential convention issues

Mass casualty drills, last September's papal visit and the fatal crash of Amtrak 188 have already tested the city's health systems

7/27/2016


Mass General, others ban staff from playing Pokemon Go

Providers concerned about safety are asking people not to wander around campuses using mobile app

7/26/2016


Data overload could swamp healthcare Internet of Things

Many are unsure how to take advantage of IoT big data analytics

7/26/2016


Minimizing traffic during surgery lowers infection rate

New study finds a connection between surgical site infections and how often the OR door is opened during a procedure

7/26/2016


Patient food blamed for cases of lethal listeria infection in UK

Report says pre-packed sandwiches could be contaminated with a lethal bug

7/26/2016


Technology can streamline visitor management at healthcare facilities

Lack of visitor control can impact security

7/26/2016


N.C. healthcare facility fined for wastewater violations

Company is facing the possible loss of its state license to provide non-skilled assisted living care at a residential facility

7/26/2016


White paper offered on emergency power system basics

Paper discusses maintaining consistent power for reliable healthcare

7/25/2016


Strategies to increase hand-hygiene compliance

A recent study found compliance rate higher with monitoring by infection prevention nurses

7/25/2016


Bug zapper plays role in Augusta Health infection control

Robotic disinfection system significantly controls bacteria, spores and viruses

7/25/2016


CDC investigates Zika case not transmitted by mosquito, sexual contact

A family member of the first Zika-related death in the U.S. has contracted the virus

7/22/2016


Missouri healthcare facilities ban Pokemon Go on campuses

One hospital specifically requested employees cease trying to 'catch 'em all' while at work

7/22/2016


Two dead after shooting in Florida healthcare facility patient room

The gunman was restrained by two unarmed security officers at Parrish Medical Center

7/22/2016


Tucson hospital diverts trauma patients after electrical problem

Banner-University Medical Center Tucson was not accepting Level 1 trauma patients after a malfunction involving a hospital transformer/panel

7/22/2016


Taser use in mental healthcare criticized

For more than 10 years, Tasers have been used against patients in locked psychiatric settings

7/22/2016


Healthcare administrators can do more good with a public health background

Earning a public health background opens even more doors to interesting and constructive careers within the administration field

7/22/2016


Operating room 'a sauna' after air conditioning malfunction at Pennsylvania healthcare facility

Lancaster General Hospital assessing losses after incident

7/21/2016


Texas hospitals work to reduce security code confusion

Some feel there might be too many color options

7/21/2016


Advanced condensing boilers remedy aging heating system at Chicago healthcare facility

Presence Health had an old 1 million BTU atmospheric steel tube boiler that was only functioning at maybe 700,000 BTUs

7/20/2016


Hospitals prepare for political conventions

Cleveland and Philadelphia are preparing for an increase in minor problems and the possibility of major incidents

7/19/2016


Healthcare security systems more than five years old may be vulnerable

Conducting an independent assessment can help ensure the most cost-effective equipment combined under a single platform

7/19/2016


Commissioning an emergency power supply system

The challenge is to leverage the power of technology while mastering best practices to protect, preserve and control these vital records

7/19/2016


VA hospital saves energy with solar panels

Amarillo VA hospital installs solar panels covering 720 parking spots

7/19/2016


A healthcare facilities manager's role in infection control

There are key areas that should be monitored

7/19/2016


Hospital uses video surveillance to help staff

Footage is evaluated to improve staff performance

7/18/2016


Water conservation efforts spreading

Hospital water use is gradually declining, averaging 49 gallons per square foot per year compared with nearly 70 gallons a decade ago, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

7/18/2016


Cleaning healthcare facilities' 'grey zone' cuts infection risk

'Grey zones' are areas commonly glossed over in the cleaning process

7/18/2016


Trends shaping cybersecurity

The news around security attacks and prevention is currently overwhelming

7/15/2016


Strengthening an infection control protocol

Many factors are involved in effectively combating hospital-acquired infections

7/15/2016


Hospitals adjust schedules to give patients more rest

Hospitals reschedule floor-washing or designate tasks to be finished by 11 p.m.

7/15/2016


Free webinar: Preparing your facility for analytics

July 21 webinar will explore the potential for "big data" and "analytics" in a healthcare setting, and cover some of the common challenges and how to prepare for them

7/15/2016


Security cameras get high marks from professionals

Experiences demonstrate value of video surveillance systems

7/14/2016


Mobile visitor management systems can improve efficiency

Mobile functionality allows security managers to register new visitors and connect with a central location from anywhere

7/14/2016


Designing privacy and safety into healthcare facilities

Privacy controls must be balanced with the ability for discreet or full observation by healthcare professionals

7/14/2016


Energy to Care program gaining popularity

ASHE is focusing on C-suite buy-in to improve healthcare energy efficiency

7/14/2016


Most wired hospitals focusing on cybersecurity

2016 Health Care’s Most Wired survey says telehealth is also at the top of the to-do list

7/13/2016


Mississippi healthcare facility focusing on employee health

Ingalls Family Health Center Health Center includes wellness coaching and a fitness area

7/13/2016


Electronic hand-hygiene monitoring reduces MRSA HAIs by 42 percent

Health system studied saved $434,000 by avoiding additional care costs

7/13/2016


Health systems tailor programs to reach individual energy-efficiency goals

Kaiser Permanente and Gundersen Health System made commitments to renewable energy

7/13/2016


Telemedicine still waiting for 'Uber moment'

Hospitals far from realizing the full promise of telemedicine

7/12/2016


Prime vs. standby generators, final Tier 4 and what it means for facilities managers

Many facilities managers are confused about whether or not the new rules apply to them

7/12/2016


Telemedicine is transforming healthcare

More than 15 million Americans received some kind of medical care remotely last year

7/12/2016


Benchmarking helps boost energy efficiency in hospitals

Free tool allows facilities to track and compare their energy usage

7/12/2016


Analog-to-IP video system transition in healthcare facilities

There may still be a ways to go before the full potential of IP-based security systems is realized

7/12/2016


C-Difficile dog sniffs out infection

Vancouver Coastal Health introduces a furry new aid in the battle against C-Difficile

7/11/2016


Hospital cited for dirty equipment in maternity unit

Inspectors found blood on a birthing mat in a delivery room ready for the next patient at the Vale of Leven hospital in Dunbartonshire

7/11/2016


Is duodenoscope cross-contamination an outpatient facility risk?

Standard brushes used in scope reprocessing can't completely clean the crevices in scopes' elevator mechanisms

7/11/2016


Boston healthcare facility uses 'green steam' to reduce carbon footprint

Initiative will help the Boston Medical Center to meet sustainability goals

7/11/2016


Connected technology: The healthcare professional’s new best friend

With the Internet of Things, the best is yet to come for the healthcare sector and its workers

7/11/2016


Hospital security pros discuss video surveillance

Comments and advice come from Campus Safety magazine’s video surveillance survey

7/11/2016


Milwaukee-area hospital uses bottled water due to minerals in water

Froedtert Hospital's testing confirmed an "unusual" amount of minerals in the water supply

7/8/2016


Tech solutions can soothe kids before surgery

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital uses an easily disinfected video unit that can be mounted on any hospital bed

7/8/2016


FDA seeks data on hand sanitizer

Data is intended to help the agency ensure that regular use of these products does not present safety and efficacy concerns

7/8/2016


Phoenix Children's Hospital certified as 'StormReady'

Anything from a heavy thunderstorm to localized flooding could trigger StormReady procedures

7/8/2016


Connecticut VA Medical Center benefits from energy efficiency upgrades

VA Medical Center upgraded to high-efficiency interior lighting through the Energy Conscious Blueprint program

7/8/2016


The best IT certifications for a healthcare professional

The need for qualified individuals to manage sensitive data and the networks it is stored on is greater than ever

7/8/2016


Do hospital data security standards put patient safety at risk?

Is the need to secure patient data keeping healthcare facilities from focusing on patient safety?

7/7/2016


White paper explores value of interactive patient education systems

Interactive patient education systems increasing retention up to 50 percent

7/7/2016


Elizabethkingia update: Original infection source remains unknown

Mystery surrounding the nature of the infection and the outbreak persist

7/7/2016


Study says healthcare workers choose efficiency over password security

Hospital employees often write passwords on sticky notes and keypad-protected doors

7/7/2016


Mayo Clinic's new food vendor angers union

Morrison Healthcare will be assuming control of food and nutrition services at Mayo campuses

7/6/2016


Study urges hospitals to step up cellphone cleaning

Study shows mobile devices used by hospital workers harbor viral RNA

7/6/2016


UPMC, AHN fined for illegal disposal of medical waste

Medical waste from 12 UPMC hospitals was mixed with municipal waste and dumped illegally

7/6/2016


Healing hospital budgets through sustainability

A focus on making buildings and services cleaner and greener can generate significant savings

7/6/2016


Lenbrook Retirement Community increases quality improvement scores and efficiency targets with the same outsourcing solution

Expansion presented an opportunity to transition from in-house hospitality, environmental, laundry and linen services to a support service management company

7/6/2016


Second untreatable superbug infection found in US

Patient in New York infected with a strain of E. coli highly resistant to last-resort antibiotic treatments

7/6/2016


When active shooters invade healthcare facilities, having a plan matters

According to a study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, there were 154 hospital-related shootings from 2000-2011

7/5/2016


Johns Hopkins students improve Ebola protection suit

Mechanical engineering students develop prototypes for more comfortable hood and face mask and battery-powered system that lowers humidity

7/5/2016


Hospitals combat violence in the ER

Two N.J. doctors are working to raise awareness about violence in emergency departments and ways to increase security

7/5/2016


The case for proactive outbound notifications in healthcare contact centers

Notifications are largely automated, so they don’t add to the workload

7/5/2016


Hospital emergency preparedness initiative goes national

Powered for Patients working to improve deployment of resources at hospitals during disasters

7/5/2016


Cincinnati hospital accused of skirting safety procedures

Former nurse at University of Cincinnati Medical Center has sued the hospital

7/1/2016


Ransomware attacks increasingly common in healthcare facilities

Research reports more than 50 percent of healthcare facilities say that they have been hit by ransomware

7/1/2016


New certifications and manual available for healthcare security officers

New versions incorporate latest research and trends

7/1/2016


Experts say real data needed to affect hand-hygiene compliance

Technological solution urged for accuracy

7/1/2016


Do antibacterial building materials pose a health risk?

Scientists say more microbes are healthier than fewer microbes in a space

7/1/2016



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