Facility Operations - February 2017

Parkland Hospital combines laundry tech with human touch

Advanced processes back up one skilled seamstress

2/28/2017


Naples healthcare facility dumping chemical spill into creek

Workers dumped industrial dye into a storm drain

2/28/2017


Long-term care facilities told to be disaster-ready

Facilities that participate in Medicare and Medicaid must meet the new requirements by Nov. 15

2/28/2017


Antimicrobial surfaces can support HAI prevention

The antimicrobials used for solid surfaces include copper and silver

2/28/2017


California hospital moves patients ahead of potential flood

Hospital officials feared the facility would be flooded if the Oroville Dam broke

2/27/2017


UV cleaning technology manufacturers discuss key issues

UV disinfection technology can supplement manual surface cleaning by killing persistent pathogens

2/27/2017


Report: Growing healthcare sector will boost demand for industrial cleaning services

The global industrial cleaning market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of close to 5%

2/27/2017


Maintaining hospital air isolation rooms

Room needs to be well sealed to prevent excess air leakage

2/24/2017


Deploying wireless locks and readers in a healthcare facility

New access control technology can improve the security and efficiency of campus

2/24/2017


Free hazard communication webinar planned to help protect cleaners

The webinar will focus on how OSHA can help staffing firms and host employers better understand their responsibilities for ensuring the safety of temporary workers.

2/24/2017


Street light outages cause safety concerns near Nashville hospital

Some streetlights have been out for months, leaving at least two intersections in the dark

2/24/2017


Legionella found in Washington hospital

Harrison Medical Center patient contracted Legionnaires' disease

2/23/2017


Select an HVAC system for a healthcare facility's specific goals

Energy efficiency is also critical in choosing the best system

2/23/2017



Healthcare has more emergency power system options

As the healthcare construction industry grows, advances in technology are creating new emergency power system options, according to an article on the Healthcare Design

2/22/2017


How common are hospital shootings?

A number of studies have examined instances of gun violence

2/21/2017


Telehealth trend coming with many misconceptions

HealthcareITNews website lists and debunks five of the most popular myths

2/21/2017


How to maximize an intrusion detection system

Integrating other technologies with the security control panel can improve outcomes

2/17/2017


Five mistakes healthcare professionals must avoid with their medical waste disposal

About 15 percent of the waste generated by healthcare facilities is infectious, toxic or radioactive

2/17/2017


50 vehicles ransacked near Orlando hospital

Florida Hospital in Orlando hospital workers weren't the only ones hit

2/17/2017


Medical spaces have specific HVAC design requirements

System designers need to know the type of space the system serves, the occupancy type and codes that govern the occupancy

2/17/2017


Medical spaces have specific HVAC design requirements

System designers need to know the type of space the system serves, the occupancy type and codes that govern the occupancy

2/17/2017


Patient safety efforts are paying off

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's tally of healthcare-associated conditions between 2010 and 2015 shows a 21 percent decline, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

2/17/2017


Experts concerned about the potential fire hazard with hyperbaric chambers

In 2009, a chamber erupted in fire — fed by the oxygen — killing two people inside

2/16/2017


Missouri long-term care facility fire injures resident

Fire blamed on loose wire in an electrical outlet

2/16/2017


Healthcare interoperability slowed by financial, cultural challenges

Lack of standardization, fear of new procedures, or data gaps in EHR systems slowing progress

2/16/2017


Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care wins international climate change awards

Organization recognized for leading the transformation to climate smart, resilient healthcare

2/16/2017


Boston hospital saves more than 5,000,000 kWh with energy upgrades

LED lighting and advanced controls retrofits were installed throughout the campus

2/16/2017


ED patient found dead in Illinois hospital restroom

Man found nearly 8 hours after being discharged

2/16/2017


Automated UV-C disinfection: Finding the system that meets your facility’s needs

Despite the fact that the fundamental technology might be the same, no two commercially available automated UV-C systems are identical

2/15/2017


Boston hospitals review security after fake doctor roams facilities

Woman observed surgeries and attended patient rounds

2/14/2017


Cleaners can harm plastic surfaces over time

Use of some cleaning products could harm medical devices

2/14/2017


Designing healthcare facilities with security in mind

Consult with security personnel during design of new projects

2/14/2017


San Diego hospital accused of reinstalling secret cameras in ORs

Former staff physician at Sharp Grossmont Hospital is suing the healthcare facility

2/13/2017


Cleaning strategies to reduce hospital-acquired infections

Enhanced disinfection techniques can decrease the spread of pathogens

2/13/2017


Experts say current cleaning techniques for flexible endoscopes insufficient

Careful visual inspection and cleaning verification tests are recommended

2/13/2017


New maintenance infection control standards released

The new standard incorporates improvements based on industry advances since the previous edition release in 2012

2/13/2017


IoT security is critical to healthcare

Traditional cybersecurity sometimes lapses comes to the IoT

2/13/2017


Steps for effective outpatient facility cleaning

New facilities give environmental services new challenges

2/10/2017


Rare E. coli found in Los Angeles County patient

Incident marks a first for California

2/10/2017


Surgeon falls off rolling stool, successfully sues for $7 million

The stool was allegedly only suitable for use on a soft, carpeted flooring surface

2/10/2017


VA Pittsburgh system issues water restrictions after Legionella detected

Legionella bacteria found in sinks at facility

2/10/2017


Scabies outbreak reported at Ohio hospital

The disease was spread at Kettering partly by objects that were infested with itch mites

2/9/2017


Some surgical facilities are seeking alternatives to forced air warming

Forced air warming linked to surgical site infections

2/9/2017


Probe of dirty surgical tools at Detroit healthcare system reopened

Federal health authorities are again investigating dirty tools at the Detroit Medical Center

2/9/2017


Iowa hospital to add K-9s to security team

UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center is getting two four-legged security officers

2/9/2017


Study explores environmental cleaning for containing MRSA

Research examines the efficacy of different approaches for cleaning environmental surfaces

2/8/2017


UPMC mold report won't start new investigation

Health agencies have no plans to do any more investigating of the fatal mold outbreak at UPMC

2/8/2017


Tips to reduce the spread of norovirus

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests five steps

2/8/2017


Thieves impersonate Ark. hospital employees, steal credit cards

People dressed in scrubs stole the credit cards of hospital employees

2/7/2017


Junk food is out at Intermountain Healthcare facilities

System doing away with sugary drinks and snacks in clinics, hospitals

2/7/2017


Report links UPMC bed linens filled with mold blamed to crisis

Hundreds of other healthcare facilities may be affected

2/6/2017


Following the new scope reprocessing guidelines

Any gaps in procedures could lead to infections

2/6/2017


Environmental services' morale sometimes suffers on the job

Lifting staff morale goes a long way toward improving productivity

2/6/2017


Hospital enhances patient safety with germ-zapping robots

The Christ Hospital Health Network is the first healthcare system in the Cincinnati region to use the technology

2/3/2017


Study links superbug to antibiotic overuse rather than dirty hospitals

Scientists have found overuse of the drugs was the main cause of a serious stomach bug outbreak that spread through NHS hospitals

2/3/2017


Ontario hospital workers warn about hospital-acquired infections

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is urging the government to reduce hospital-acquired infections by increasing funding for hospital housekeeping

2/2/2017


Choosing the right medical carts

Fully functional and well-equipped carts are the best way to deliver precise medical care

2/2/2017


Poor healthcare facility air quality can harm patients and employees

Hospitals that do not maintain an effective air filtration strategy may find that airborne contaminants become a health issue

2/2/2017


Urban Health Plan’s ‘solar wall’ maximizes vertical space in the Bronx

Unlike most rooftop systems, the 37kW array has been installed on the side of the building

2/2/2017


California hospitals with high infection rates not inspected

California law requires hospitals to be inspected every three years

2/1/2017


Applying the basics of network security

Many strategies that can protect a healthcare facility's electronic security from cyberattacks are simple to implement

2/1/2017



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