Facility Operations - August 2016

Cell phone germs a concern at healthcare facilities

A study found traces of the flu, respiratory infections, and the norovirus on 38.5% of 114 healthcare workers' phones that were tested

8/31/2016


Key considerations when choosing hand-hygiene products

With little guidance, finding the right product can be daunting

8/31/2016


Looking at healthcare self-regulation program

Every time an outbreak is linked to linen services, healthcare laundry industry standards go under the microscope

8/31/2016


Healthcare cybersecurity improving

Survey shows that more organizations are prioritizing information security

8/31/2016


Fungal spores found in N.C. healthcare facility nursery during construction

The spores are common and generally not harmful

8/30/2016


Tips on building a healthcare facility telecommunications network

Building in redundancy, IoT capabilities essential to network design

8/30/2016


Tennessee hospital now StormReady

Cookeville Regional Medical Center gets StormReady certification from the National Weather Service

8/30/2016


Survey shows hospitals differ in levels of cybersecurity

Eighty percent of providers acknowledge a recent 'significant security incident'

8/30/2016


Disaster drills key to mass-shooter response

Orlando hospital participated in drill three months before nightclub shooting

8/29/2016


New Hampshire hospitals invest in wiser energy, cleaner air

Hospitals working to prevent illness by reducing pollution from energy use

8/26/2016


Hospitals can help nurses prevent violence

Massachusetts hospital nurses have developed violence-prevention protocols

8/26/2016


Healthcare's cybersecurity problem

Research firm expects hospital spending on cybersecurity in the U.S. to grow by 13.6 percent annually for the next five years

8/25/2016


Controlling C. diff in post-acute care facilities

Video outlines ways healthcare providers can improve the prevention and management of C. difficile

8/24/2016


Real-time tracking can improve healthcare facility cleaning

Technology can transform environmental services

8/24/2016


UV and HP technologies aid infection control

Manufacturers upgrade their systems to meet specialized needs

8/24/2016


Medical center uses a management system to simplify testing and reporting capability

Bryan Medical Center's monitoring and control requirements for its power distribution system had outgrown its current capabilities

8/24/2016


Learning from banking industry to deal with data breaches

Healthcare data-breach prevention should adopt techniques from the banking industry

8/24/2016


UV lamps can help sterilize computer keyboards

Study says ultraviolet lights over computer mice and keyboards reduces bacteria 99 percent

8/23/2016


Rail project could disrupt healthcare facilities operation

Hospitals fear an upgrade to Melbourne's metro rail system will compromise patient safety

8/23/2016


Water business helps healthcare facility reduce carbon

The firm worked with Addenbrooke’s Hospital to replace the facility’s fluorescent lamps with 650 LED tubes and panels

8/23/2016


Colorado Springs cited for not properly cleaning ultrasound probes

Workers at Memorial Hospital failed to properly disinfect vaginal ultrasound probes for years

8/23/2016


Banner Health cyberattack sparks class-action suit

Suit alleges that the Banner Health system was negligent

8/23/2016


Discolored water stalls operations

Dozens of operations at Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, Scotland, postponed due to a problem with the water supply

8/22/2016


Patient falls from healthcare facility window after removing safety grill

An investigation has been launched surrounding the incident at the Weston General Hospital in the U.K.

8/22/2016


Nursing home chooses touchless cleaning for wheelchairs

Pine Crest Nursing Home in Merrill, Wis., sought ways to better clean its wheelchair fleet

8/22/2016


Bat found in Illinois healthcare facility tests positive for rabies

Two bats were found earlier this month in the OB

8/19/2016


Healthcare facilities urged to create leaner working environments

Healthcare leaders need to identify financing mechanisms that will limit their initial capital investment and enable them to cost-effectively use facilities over the next five to 10 years

8/19/2016


Chicago hospital's strategies keep gang-banging patients safe

Injured gang members can pose problems for hospitals

8/19/2016


Disinfection deficiencies found at Colorado healthcare facility

Report says Memorial Hospital employees improperly cleaned devices, surgical instruments and procedure rooms

8/19/2016


Banner cyberattack has healthcare facilities re-examining their defenses

Incident highlights need for layered security

8/18/2016


Curbing linen loss at healthcare facilities

Disappearing healthcare textiles could lead to shortages and result in higher costs

8/18/2016


Maximizing infection prevention efforts

Article lists key areas to prioritize

8/18/2016


Military approach boosts hand-hygiene compliance

Researchers borrowed an approach known as a stand-down from the military

8/17/2016


Nurses seeking regular security guard patrols of nearby parking lots at night

A mental health patient wearing a business shirt, jeans and a hoodie followed a nurse from hospital parking lot and signed himself in as a doctor

8/17/2016


NIH closes pharmacy due to sterility issues

Facility was located at hospital that largely treats patients entered in clinical studies

8/17/2016


Boosting the financial performance of healthcare properties

Accurate data are vital to optimizing a healthcare portfolio

8/17/2016


Ensuring flexible endoscopes are clean

Article offers reprocessing recommendations

8/16/2016


Experts say longterm care dining areas should be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis

Housekeeping and laundry operations are crucial aspects of nursing home care

8/16/2016


2016 could bring an increase in healthcare data-breach fines

Sloppy cybersecurity can be expensive

8/16/2016


Ontario plans $175 million in hospital repairs and upgrades

Provincial government says it wants to ensure Ontario’s hospitals remain in good working order

8/16/2016


Avoiding common healthcare data security challenges

Nearly 90 percent of all healthcare organizations have suffered at least one data breach in the last two years

8/15/2016


Maryland NICU closed due to potentially fatal bacteria in water pipes

The neonatal intensive care unit at Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly was temporarily shut down after the discovery of potentially deadly bacteria

8/12/2016


Asset tracking can transform healthcare

An ongoing concern for healthcare facilities is the over- and under-utilization of its medical equipment

8/12/2016


City water crisis tests hospital’s emergency plan

Oconee Regional Medical Center was 'shut down' by water issues

8/12/2016


Five key benefits of addressable speaker technology in healthcare institutions

Addressable technology's value is starting to take hold on the notification side of fire alarm systems

8/12/2016


Group opposes fast food franchises in healthcare facilities

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine campaign launches ad blitz

8/12/2016


Facility improvements can boost patient experiences and HCAHPS scores

Staff, patient-centered operations and well-designed facilities work together

8/12/2016


Banner Health data breach linked to food service payments

Cyberattackers gained access to computer servers, including those that process payment card information where food and beverages are sold

8/11/2016


LED lighting delivers better light and healthy savings to Reston Hospital Center

Virginia healthcare facility replaces the outdated metal halide light fixtures in its parking garage

8/11/2016


Alternative technologies can help to ease anxiety

Immersive theater and virtual reality can ease kids' fear

8/11/2016


Ohio hospital boosts security after staffer abducted from parking lot

Woman was taken to a location off the hospital's campus and sexually assaulted

8/10/2016


Food service union files complaint against Mayo Clinic

Complaint alleges conflict of interest in Mayo Clinic’s plan to switch to a new food service vendor

8/10/2016


Mississippi hospital stresses cleaning for infection control

Oktibbeha County Hospital take several precautions to make sure all surfaces are clean as part of the facility's infection control efforts

8/9/2016


HIPAA compliance can help against ransomware attacks

Department of Health and Human Services releases fact sheet: Ransomware and HIPAA to address the risks of victimization

8/9/2016


The path from social work to healthcare administration

The Affordable Care Act has created an increase in healthcare utilization and a new emphasis on quality

8/9/2016


Healthcare facility installs 'genius bar' to help patients with technology

New Orleans health center makes using mobile and wearable technology easier

8/8/2016


Sutter Health tackles three-year data center consolidation project

The case study details data center service management solutions

8/8/2016


Heating exterior of luggage may hamper bed bugs' spread

When soft-sided suitcases were exposed to an air temperature of 70 to 75 degrees C, it took only six minutes to kill bugs

8/8/2016


Japan creating security guidelines for healthcare facilities following Sagamihara killings

The move comes after a 26-year-old man allegedly killed 19 people and injured 26 others at the care home

8/5/2016


Hospital security urged to embrace CMS guidelines

IAHSS spokesperson explains how security staffs can embrace guidelines while improving security

8/4/2016


ES staff can play key role in customer service

Patient satisfaction is becoming a goal for every department

8/4/2016


Mayo Clinic decision to outsource food service strikes nerve

Workers and community members have signed petitions objecting to the move

8/4/2016


After eating hospital food for a week, CEO pledges to overhaul menu

After hearing complaints from patients for years, Ottawa Hospital is now revamping its patient menus

8/3/2016


Mississippi healthcare facility fined $2.75M for HIPAA violation

Investigation found inadequate computer security measures at the University of Mississippi Medical Center

8/3/2016


Chicago hospitals prepared for Lollapalooza rush

Last year, emergency rooms treated 88 intoxicated teens during Lollapalooza — nearly nine times the average Chicago weekend

8/2/2016


Olympus reportedly told U.S. managers not to issue a warning about contaminated scopes

Internal e-mails suggest that Olympus officials based in Japan attempted to hide news of a potential outbreak from U.S.

8/2/2016


North Carolina Health Care exec recognized by Campus Safety

Lisa Terry, University of North Carolina Health Care’s director of hospital police and transportation, named Director of the Year

8/2/2016


Kentucky healthcare facility balances energy efficiency, infection control

UV-C system removes organic growth on the outer and inner surfaces of the heating coil, restoring heat transfer efficiency

8/2/2016


Information security pros needed in healthcare

Cyber attacks are expected to expand the information security professional workforce by nearly 20 percent

8/2/2016


Free valet service at healthcare facility makes positive first impression

Service at the Adele Hall Campus of Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo, has received good reviews in first year

8/1/2016


Hospital upgrades ventilation with exterior system

St. Thomas West Hospital retrofits exhaust system with hidden risers and energy-recovery ventilators

8/1/2016


Florida hospitals upgrade security following fatal shootings at healthcare facility

Parrish Medical Center is considering 'security enhancements' at its Titusville hospital

8/1/2016


HHS cybersecurity task force has second in-person meeting

The cross-industry task force was formed with a directive to prepare recommendations for improving healthcare cybersecurity

8/1/2016



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