Facility Operations - January 2017

Video surveillance can curb drug thefts

Height markers should be placed at exits to help identify suspects and video cameras should be positioned at strategic locations

1/31/2017


Hand-hygiene compliance up after safety stand-down

A 'stand-down' is when everyone stops what they're doing, so that an issue can be immediately addressed

1/31/2017


Experts discuss healthcare cybersecurity

2016 averaged one healthcare data breach per day

1/31/2017


IoT integration one of video surveillance's newest upgrades

Latest video surveillance systems designed to overcome challenges that come with a healthcare environment

1/31/2017


Dirty instrument found at Detroit hospital one day after investigation ends

Michigan regulators are reviewing whether to reopen probe

1/30/2017


Human error blamed for embryo-destroying hospital blackout

A hospital generator failure was likely caused by human error in wrongly leaving a control switch off

1/30/2017


Study says UV light helps eliminate four superbugs

UVC was used against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA; vancomycin-resistant enterococci, or VRE; Acinetobacter and Clostridium difficile

1/30/2017


Vermont Healthcare facility creates 'safe space' for patients

Grace Cottage Hospital's emergency department's 'safe room' built for vulnerable patients

1/30/2017


N.J. healthcare facility to test employees, patients for lead

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is giving lead tests to its workers, patients and visitors

1/27/2017


Nova Scotia emergency rooms to get security upgrade

Report makes 12 recommendations to improve safety

1/27/2017


Drills help Texas healthcare facility prepare for the worst

Medical Center Hospital tries to maintain supplies to be self sufficient for 96 hours

1/27/2017


Preparing for an active shooter

American Hospital Association webinar outlines steps to prepare for a gunman

1/27/2017


Top patient safety issues for 2017

The Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality editorial team chose 10 patient safety issues for providers to prioritize in 2017

1/26/2017


Wander management for long-term facilities

Resident wandering is a serious patient safety issue in long-term care, but recent technology solutions have helped, according to an article on the Longterm Living magazine website

1/26/2017


Hospital's discount store purchases questioned

Scottish hospital gets glowing report – but concerns raised about tubs bought from Poundstretchers

1/26/2017


Nevada dementia care facility features in-room sensors

Technology helps staff see crisis before it fully develops

1/25/2017


Addition of UV light cuts transmission of bacteria by 30 percent

Randomized trial finds use of UV-C machines can cut transmission of four major superbugs

1/25/2017


SEIU's food service workers approve Mayo proposal

Five hundred food service workers have approved the first of two votes required to accept a Mayo Clinic compromise

1/24/2017


2016 investors were bullish on health information technology

Digital and consumer-focused applications and services were most popular

1/24/2017


OSHA finds Wisconsin medical clinic exposed workers to asbestos hazards

Company knew of asbestos-containing material since 2008

1/24/2017


Technology can boost hand-hygiene compliance

Electronic hand-hygiene monitoring more thorough than direct observation

1/24/2017


Healthcare facility adopts airline-like digital wayfinding

Carle Foundation Hospital app combines wayfinding and scheduling

1/24/2017


Respiratory outbreak closes nursing home to visitors

The nursing home portion of the Espanola Regional Hospital and Health Centre has been closed to visitors since Jan. 6

1/24/2017


Sixty percent of health equipment in Africa destroyed by rats

Expert said the situation pointed to the dangers that exist when biomedical engineers are not consulted in the management of health equipment

1/23/2017


Superbug may be more widespread than previously known

Study says drug-resistant CRE superbugs may be spreading more widely than previously thought

1/23/2017


Technology use can trim healthcare facility expenses

Blockchain and Internet of Things can cut costs by 20 percent

1/23/2017


Limerick hospital fire safety lapses spur threats of legal action

Emergency room at University Hospital ‘not fit-for-purpose’

1/23/2017


Dementia facility outbreaks highlight infection control issues

Long-term care facilities have increased challenges with infection control

1/23/2017


Not all menus are created equal for Michigan healthcare facilities

Hospital food is moving slowly from high-fat to healthy, but there are exceptions

1/23/2017


NFMT event to include seminar on improving healthcare infrastructure

The 2017 National Facilities Management & Technology event offers three full days of education, speakers, networking with peers, and a giant expo hall. All for free.

1/23/2017


Hospital safety measures have changed since 1998 infant kidnapping

Kidnapping of Kamiyah Mobley from a Jacksonville, Fla., hospital just hours after birth spurred a dramatic increase in hospital security

1/20/2017


More cleaning staff at hospitals urged

The Ontario Council of Hospital Unions says there isn’t sufficient cleaning staff to keep hospitals clean

1/20/2017


Pan-resistant bacteria now considered worldwide threat

Woman in Reno, Nev., killed by superbug after visiting India

1/20/2017


State says patient contracted Legionnaires' disease while at Flint hospital

An unidentified patient was infected last fall while being cared for at McLaren Flint Hospital

1/20/2017


Fresno nursing home shuts off water after patient tests positive for Legionnaires

The Horizon Health and Subacute Care facility is investigating how a resident was infected

1/19/2017


Technology's impact on hospital hygiene is growing

New survey says modernized healthcare equipment can have a significant impact

1/19/2017


Conman sells fake fire safety glass to healthcare facilities

Fake fire-resistant glass was sold to hospitals and primary schools across Ireland and the U.K.

1/19/2017


Massachusetts hospital adds digital welcome for kids

MassGeneral Hospital's animated video talks about the layout of the unit, furnishings and equipment in the exam room, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

1/19/2017


Mobile dental facility connecting with community

The Nicklaus Children's Hospital mobile health unit is fitted with two dental suites

1/19/2017


Broward Health CEO discusses Fort Lauderdale airport shooting

Hospital took in more than 50 patients following the incident

1/19/2017


Mayo food service proposal waiting for union response

Mayo's proposal would bridge the compensation gap through 2017 in exchange for SEIU withdrawing its formal complaints

1/18/2017


WHO's guidelines for infection prevention

Healthcare facilities are continually challenged by healthcare-associated infections

1/18/2017


Treating hospital air: A corporate infection prevention director’s answer to the problem of air contamination

The answer was found in an existing patented disinfection solution that combines an ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) chamber and air circulating fans with an overhead ceiling light.

1/18/2017


Justifying price of whole-room disinfection robot

Whole-room disinfection is not only a matter of patient safety, but also one of effective cost containment

1/18/2017


Healthcare facilities boost security after attempts to abduct infant

A woman was escorted out of multiple hospitals in Tacoma area

1/17/2017


Presence Health settles With OCR for HIPAA breach

The settlement is the first to enforce the notification rule

1/17/2017


Ensuring central utility plant reliability

Code compliance and budget constraints are two of the challenges

1/17/2017


Healthcare urged to update software

2017 should be the year the legacy information technology solutions used by many healthcare providers are replaced

1/17/2017


Virginia facility planned with graywater recycling system

To meet goal for a 25 percent campus-wide potable water use reduction the University of Virginia Health System will collect and filter storm water and condensate from the air handling unit, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

1/17/2017


Healthcare facilities feel impact of extreme heat

Majority of Southeastern Australia hospitals not designed with weather risks in mind

1/16/2017


Orlando healthcare facility's mass casualty drills helped them prepare for shooting

Forty-four victims were taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center after nightclub shooting

1/16/2017


Stopping healthcare facility energy loss at the door

Opening and closing doors can expend large amounts of energy

1/16/2017


Data analytics, Internet of Things create new frontier in fire and life safety

New strategies and technology are shaping healthcare facility fire-safety planning in the 21st century

1/13/2017


Telehealth's impact on healthcare's physical environment

Technology has decreased the traffic into and capital spent on brick-and-mortar healthcare facilities

1/13/2017


Lessons learned from cybersecurity in 2016

Hackers had found their prime target in the healthcare industry in 2016

1/13/2017


Bed bugs, bite risks and healthcare facilities: What every manager needs to know

As more is learned of the cryptic and adaptive bed bug, control programs must also adapt to continue providing protection to health care facilities and their patients.

1/13/2017


3-D mapping allows seniors to explore community

Residents and visitors can use an app to take virtual tours of the community

1/13/2017


Hospitals warned of potential terrorist attacks

The United States Department of Health and Human Services sent a letter to officials in the public health sector

1/12/2017


Perth hospital says filters would take care of lead contamination in water

Experts have so far failed to find the source of lead that has driven elevated levels in the hospital's water supply

1/12/2017


N.M. VA hospital getting energy-saving upgrades

Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque and the El Paso VA Health Care System will receive almost $22 million in upgrades

1/12/2017


Cuts to environmental services staff lead to rise in hospital-acquired infections, study says

Union representatives drew a relationship between hospital underfunding and a rise in preventable deaths

1/12/2017


Controlling healthcare facility middleware security vulnerabilities

Middleware has great potential for mitigating healthcare IT interoperability issues

1/12/2017


Best conditions for Legionella bacteria growth

Warm tap water with dissolved organic matter supports the growth of biofilms

1/12/2017


Healthcare facility environmental services managers share top concerns

Role of the environmental services department in patient care often underestimated

1/12/2017


Designing for long-term care infection control

Designers should take every opportunity to protect against possible bacterial and infectious agents

1/11/2017


California hospital buildings need seismic upgrades

Three Sonoma Valley Hospital structures not earthquake-ready

1/11/2017


Mayo offering transition plan to food service workers

Union members will vote on the proposal Jan. 12-13

1/10/2017


IoT may open healthcare industry to more cyberattacks

The IoT will lead to many benefits, but with connectivity comes the risk of an increase in attacks

1/10/2017


OSHA requests comments, schedules meeting on standard to prevent workplace violence in healthcare

A recent Government Accountability Office report found that the rate of workplace violence against employees providing healthcare and social assistance services is substantially higher than private industry.

1/10/2017


FDA warns of dangers from battery-powered medical carts

Food and Drug Administration has received reports of fires and explosions

1/9/2017


Flu sweeping through Canadian nursing facilities linked to 15 deaths

Seventeen care facilities in British Columbia are believed to be affected

1/9/2017


Flu sweeping through Canadian nursing facilities linked to 15 deaths

Seventeen care facilities in British Columbia are believed to be affected

1/9/2017


Patients, visitors hide in safe room during waiting room brawl

More security called for because 'no one was available' when the violence erupted

1/9/2017


N.M. healthcare facility's recycling program cuts 200 tons of waste in a year

The San Juan Regional Medical Center has been working on reducing its carbon footprint since 2007

1/9/2017


Hospital trust called pest controllers more than once a week last year

The trust in Cumbria, U.K., called in pest controllers 58 times during the 2015/16 year

1/9/2017


Hospital trust called pest controllers more than once a week last year

The trust in Cumbria, U.K., called in pest controllers 58 times during the 2015/16 year

1/9/2017


Window design can support mental health treatment

Windows can serve as patients' primary connection to the outdoors, according to an article on the Behavioral Health website

1/9/2017


Healthcare ransomware attacks in 2016

Becker's Hospital Review website revisits a dozen attacks from last year

1/9/2017


Maintaining physical safeguards for patient information

Healthcare facilities urged to consider all physical assets containing PHI

1/6/2017


Fire-rated glazing can boost security

Fire-rated glass systems can be an alternative to walls in many healthcare facility settings

1/6/2017


Connecticut healthcare facility getting energy upgrade

Connecticut Valley Hospital has begun a comprehensive efficiency project

1/6/2017


Healthcare facility's environmental services team behind infection prevention and control efforts

Infection prevention and control team at Salisbury District Hospital focuses on patient safety

1/6/2017


Healthcare facility's environmental services team behind infection prevention and control efforts

Infection prevention and control team at Salisbury District Hospital focuses on patient safety

1/6/2017


2016 saw a 63% hike in major healthcare cyberattacks

Report says U.S. hospitals lack new technologies and best practices to protect itself

1/5/2017


Dead mice, insects found near facility's instrument sterilization area

Officials are advising patients to get tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV

1/5/2017


Dead mice, insects found near facility's instrument sterilization area

Officials are advising patients to get tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV

1/5/2017


Attacks on nurses increasing

Experts concerned about the workplace safety in healthcare facilities

1/5/2017


North Dakota State Hospital plans energy-efficient upgrades

Efficiency upgrades to heating and cooling systems are expected, along with lighting, roofing and insulation replacement

1/4/2017


Armed inmate escapes N.C. hospital in leg shackles

Patient fled Cape Fear Valley Medical Center emergency department with a police officer’s Taser

1/4/2017


5 key reasons healthcare facilities are switching to CMMS for enhanced operational efficiency

CMMS software can streamline maintenance management functions that are crucial to running healthcare facilities at peak efficiency

1/4/2017


Preparing for Calif.’s workplace violence prevention in healthcare rule

By April 1, 2017, many healthcare employers in California will need to comply with the new regulations

1/3/2017


Setting sights on your data: Visual hacking in high-risk industries

Healthcare organizations may be at risk to low-tech visual threats

1/3/2017


Security and staff stop a shooting at Fla. healthcare facility

Security officers disarmed a man who fired a rifle inside a Veteran Affairs facility

1/3/2017



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