Facility Operations - September 2016

Healthcare facilities' hot water equipment scrutinized

Changes in a patient's length of stay can also contribute to the problem.

9/30/2016


Report says employees download new malware every four seconds

Healthcare breach costs have jumped 282 percent since 2015

9/30/2016


Essential elements of an OR cleaning program

Research has shown harmful pathogens can survive on surfaces for months

9/30/2016


Backup power failure at healthcare facilities can be a life-threatening proposition

Lawmakers ask Justice Department to investigate whether VA executives lied to Congress

9/30/2016


Mental hospital escape investigation finds 25,000 keys missing

Report on Seattle hospital includes a list of mistakes, blunders and deceptions at what should be a secure facility

9/29/2016


Microfiber products may help prevent spread of MRSA

Study finds less than 0.25% chance of bacteria transferring from microfiber to people

9/29/2016


Hot water systems promote the growth of legionella pneumophila

New study calls for healthcare facilities to examine maintenance and operations

9/29/2016


Four ways to reduce healthcare-associated infections

Approximately 1 in 25 patients may encounter a dangerous infection while being treated in a healthcare facility every day

9/29/2016


Illinois hospital conducts power failure evacuation drill

Rockford healthcare facility prepares for the possibility of a major power emergency

9/29/2016


Body cameras, CCTV part of Queensland hospitals' safety strategy

The Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital has released CCTV of three violent incidents

9/28/2016


Health system executives discussed armed security

Becker's Hospital Review asked three health system executives to break down the decision-making process behind their security models

9/28/2016


Corporate America offers lessons in staff satisfaction

There’s much that healthcare can learn from companies like Google, Microsoft, Virgin Atlantic, and Abercrombie & Fitch about staff satisfaction, according to an article on Healthcare Design

9/28/2016


Three Philadelphia heart patients among 20 in Pa. diagnosed with infection linked to heater-coolers

Heater-coolers heat or cool the blood of patients on a heart-lung bypass machine

9/27/2016


Free white paper on pre-crisis plan available

Eaton white paper titled "Put a Plan in Place Before Disaster Strikes" on Medical Construction & Design website

9/27/2016


New study says heat exchangers can act as Legionella reservoirs

Healthcare facilities install heat exchangers to conserve energy

9/27/2016


Heater-cooler units at UW Medical Center test positive for Legionella

The source of the outbreak has been linked to the hospital's water system

9/26/2016


Irish hospital called 'health hazard' leaving patients at high risk of infection

New report on Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar has revealed a lack of basic infection control measures

9/26/2016


LED lighting can save lives, energy in hospital parking garage

Reston Hospital is expecting an 81 percent reduction in annual energy consumption

9/26/2016


Is your healthcare facility prepared for an active shooter?

Healthcare facilities have unique challenges when it comes to emergency situations

9/23/2016


Philadelphia area hospitals recognized for food initiatives

Philadelphia Department of Public Health honored six area hospitals for their healthy food initiatives through the 'Good Food, Healthy Hospitals' program

9/23/2016


DOE surveys nurses on patient lighting

The goals were to determine what’s needed in an ideal patient room lighting system and to identify opportunities for increasing energy efficiency

9/23/2016


Healthcare costs linked to bacteria in water systems rising

Between 1991 and 2006, more than 617,000 hospitalizations related to three common plumbing pathogens resulted in around $9 billion in Medicare payments

9/23/2016


Lockdown after shooting lifted at Houston hospital

According to the witnesses, at least 10 shots were fired in the drive-by shooting

9/22/2016


Fourth patient infected with Legionnaires' at UW Medical Center

The patient contracted Legionnaires' disease before water restrictions were implemented at the hospital

9/22/2016


Does your air measure up?

Universal Health Services sees 64 percent reduction in airborne pathogens

9/22/2016


Detroit hospital fined for inadequate security

State Agency cited high rates of workplace violence and inadequate security measures at Detroit Receiving Hospital

9/22/2016


Flagship NHS hospital called filthy and unsafe

Nurse says there are too few staff to keep it clean

9/21/2016


Ice maker, sinks linked to Legionnaires' outbreak

UW Medical Center Legionnaires' outbreak may be linked to two deaths

9/21/2016


Eliminating odor in healthcare facilities

An effective way to neutralize odors is to use an odor eliminator

9/21/2016


Minnesota Public Radio, Mayo Clinic offer classical relaxation to patients

Research indicates that music can aid healing in many ways, such as improving pain control

9/20/2016


Silver-based treatment reduces bacteria in hospital laundry

Treating patient textiles with ionic silver after washing can decrease contamination

9/20/2016


Benefits of wireless access control

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

9/20/2016


University of Iowa Children's Hospital plans move-in drills

A logistical session and two dry runs are planned before real move

9/20/2016


Study suggests bodily fluids can spread Zika

Tears, saliva, vomit, urine or stool may have the potential to transmit Zika

9/19/2016


Hospital's safety problems tied to holes in fire compartment walls

The breaches in the £380million structure could affect how fire spreads around the hospital

9/19/2016


Detroit hospital fined for lax workplace security

Detroit Medical Center is also under fire again for instrument cleaning practices

9/19/2016


IoT revolutionizing healthcare

New technology can help predict future healthcare trends

9/19/2016


Link found between antibacterial ingredients in dust and antibiotic resistance

Scientists find a link between antimicrobial substances like triclosan and levels of antibiotic resistant genes

9/19/2016


Mayo Clinic reduces employee cafeteria hours

Staffing shortages and low demand blamed

9/19/2016



Gundersen Health System environmental services department honored

Environmental services department adopts 'Every patient is my patient' motto

9/16/2016


Connecticut hospitals working to reduce night noise

Clattering carts, overly bright lights and frequent disruptions discouraged at night

9/16/2016


Employee shot in Arizona healthcare facility parking garage

Tucson Medical Center was locked down and people were escorted to their cars after shooting

9/16/2016


America has a surgical instrument quality epidemic

Detroit facility must explain how 11 years of sterile processing challenges went unaddressed

9/15/2016


Researchers exploring alarm fatigue

University of California San Francisco team is working to help combat alarm fatigue among clinicians

9/15/2016


Dirty medical tools dangers just emerging

Unclean surgical, medical instruments are nothing new

9/15/2016


Healthcare facility leaders are aiming for noise-free hospitals

Noise pollution in hospitals can threaten patient safety

9/15/2016


Fire safety fears force remedial work healthcare facility

Builder is carrying out remedial work at a hospital it built ten years ago

9/14/2016


Lightning strike, fire sparks evacuation at Florida hospital

Surgeries were canceled at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point

9/14/2016


Unsanitary conditions found in N.J. pediatrician's exam room

Problems with storage and disposal of vaccines and biohazardous materials found

9/14/2016


Proposed CMS emergency preparedness standards not expected to be 'radical departure’

CMS is expected to adopt its own standards by the end of 2016

9/14/2016


Des Moines hospital issues warning to open-heart surgery patients after two infections

About 2,600 patients may be at risk for infections linked to a device used during surgery

9/13/2016


Extending life of healthcare facility linens

Linen care can sometimes take a back seat to saving a dollar in the short term

9/13/2016


Software calculates long-term costs of green products

Practice Greenhealth unveils sustainability tool

9/13/2016


Michigan launches probe of dirty instruments at healthcare facility

Doctors have been complaining about dirty, broken and missing surgical instruments for years

9/12/2016


Storm damage forces Oklahoma hospital to transport patients

Severe weather leaves behind flooding and structural damage

9/12/2016


Outsourcing healthcare food service is common

The company that Mayo plans to contract with for its food and nutrition services works with about 650 hospitals and health systems nationally

9/12/2016


Healthcare facilities prepare for Zika by expanding care, partnerships

Hospitals open specialty clinics to learn about the virus

9/9/2016


Irish nursing home embraces hand hygiene

Interviews with new residents, staff include a session on hand-washing

9/9/2016


Nursing home fined after laptop with patients' details stolen

Facility in North Ireland cited for data breach related to sensitive details about patients and staff

9/9/2016


IPs' role in healthcare laundering practices

Too often, infection prevention professionals don't realize that improperly laundered healthcare linens can pose a risk

9/8/2016


Internet of Things in healthcare creating fundamental changes

Rate of connectivity is accelerating

9/8/2016


Elderly patients moved from U.K. hospital ward over fire safety fears

NHS Tayside closes a ward for elderly people at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Dundee, citing environmental risks as the reason

9/8/2016


IT can help hospitals prepare for natural disasters

Hospitals monitor weather patterns to maintain needed levels of care, supplies

9/8/2016


VCU Medical Center police officer recognized for saving life

Guard has experience as a certified emergency medical technician and former advanced life support provider

9/7/2016


Design strategies can quiet healthcare environments

Research has found that noise in healthcare settings can prevent patients from sleeping and increase their stress and blood pressure, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

9/7/2016


Florida hospital active shooter plan reducing violence

Parrish Medical Center's planning prevented a random shooting from escalating

9/7/2016


Do more healthcare-laundry regulation programs cause confusion?

There are different programs available, along with federal and regional requirements

9/6/2016


Cybersecurity survey finds providers are enhancing programs

Survey says lack of appropriate personnel and financial resources are barriers

9/6/2016


ASC infection-control compliance needs a team approach

Ambulatory surgery centers often don't have a person dedicated to infection control

9/6/2016


Holding textile laundering to a higher standard

HLAC president answers questions on improving safety

9/6/2016


Cleveland Clinic power failure sends patients home

A short circuit in basement wiring knocked out the power

9/2/2016


Healthcare facilities calling for sustainable meat and poultry

Health systems urge food producers to offer more meat and poultry products raised without routine antibiotics

9/2/2016


Colorado healthcare facilities train for disaster

Drill tests regional response to mass-casualty incident

9/2/2016


Mayo outsourcing of food service jobs looks familiar to some

The pending switch from Sodexo to Morrison Healthcare will transition about 700 local workers in southern Minnesota

9/2/2016


Ways healthcare facilities can support staff after a disaster

New guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services offers tips on caring for employees

9/2/2016


Study shows coordinated effort can reduce CRE 75 percent

Johns Hopkins reports that regional coordination among hospitals helps reduce HAIs

9/2/2016


Kentucky hospital dining trying to top area restaurants

The University of Kentucky Hospital opened Chandler Dining, a new food-court-like dining facility and kitchen that also serves patients in the hospital

9/1/2016


Bacterium enters Maryland hospital through its water system

Water tests found Pseudomonas bacterium in four sinks in Prince George’s County Hospital Center's neonatal intensive care unit, and two more sinks in another area of the hospital

9/1/2016


Many health IT pros still don't encrypt

Industry's top data guardians are feeling hampered in their efforts to protect their organizations by a lack of manpower and money

9/1/2016


Mock drill coordinates efforts of N.Y. community hospitals

Healthcare facilities practiced with a scenario in which a MQ-9 unmanned aircraft crashed on Fort Drum.

9/1/2016



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