Facility Operations - March 2017

Active incident training must go beyond a focus on active shooters

Immediate entry and fast-moving tactics now constitute the majority of active shooter training

3/31/2017


Boasting healthcare facilities' cybersecurity

Cybersecurity spending increased by nearly $74 billion in 2016

3/31/2017


Course offered on planning for biosafety environments

Course aims to revolutionize the design, construction, management and delivery of environments where infectious disease needs to be controlled

3/31/2017


Tips for better healthcare cybersecurity

Culture change can help providers improve their healthcare cybersecurity measures

3/30/2017


Mass. healthcare facility installing rooftop solar array

Countryside Health Care of Milford will construct a 261 kilowatt rooftop solar array on the rehabilitation facility

3/30/2017


Commercial laundries lauded for safety

Op-ed says commercial laundries serve hospitals safely and effectively

3/30/2017


Security staff saves man who set himself on fire in Detroit hospital

Man walked into Beaumont Hospital’s Dearborn pharmacy with a two liter soda bottle of gasoline

3/29/2017


Advances in energy management changing systems

Building automation also changing energy investments

3/29/2017


Chefs looking at healthcare positions for challenges, benefits

When healthcare took hold, an increasing number of chefs with formal training have joined food services

3/29/2017


Ohio hospital security officers suspended after detaining visitor

Incident leads to suspensions after video was released

3/27/2017


FBI offers updated active-shooter planning document

Document expands on 'Active Shooter Planning and Response in a Healthcare Setting'

3/27/2017


How to hire the best security officers

The quality of the staff is the best indicator of an effective department

3/27/2017


Three ways to keep facilities clean smelling to increase patient satisfaction

It’s more important than ever that healthcare facilities focus their efforts on odor control to help patients feel more comfortable while on the road to a speedy recovery

3/27/2017


Energy resilience bank focusing on hospitals

Bank will help four New Jersey hospitals stay up and running during outages

3/27/2017


Topeka VA battling bed bugs

Patients from the psychiatric recovery and wellness program on the building's first floor were relocated

3/24/2017


360 degree photo spheres used to capture information for healthcare facility

Minneapolis medical center uses panoramic photos to maintain building

3/24/2017


How to better manage energy use

Connected the dots between energy improvement and reduction of pollutants

3/24/2017


Kansas healthcare facility hires infection-fighting robot

Olathe Medical Center uses ultraviolet light to disinfect hospital rooms

3/24/2017


Few nursing homes use isolation procedures to control superbugs' spread

Skipping isolation precautions may place other residents at risk

3/24/2017


Key points in mass-casualty disaster planning

Many facilities overlook this type of emergency

3/24/2017


Mass casualty mitigation strategies

A good offense can improve response to an active shooter

3/23/2017


Green cleaning's effect on indoor air quality

Look for products that are green certified by at least two certification organizations

3/23/2017


Healthcare facility professionals mark Patient Safety Awareness Week

Patient safety responsibility extends to every department

3/23/2017


Tips for an energy-efficient light design

By employing energy-conscious lighting design, facilities can reap significant cost savings and reduce their environmental footprint

3/22/2017


Death of patient who hit hospital security guard ruled a homicide

Autopsy results showed the man died as a result of traumatic asphyxiation caused by the position in which he was being held

3/22/2017


Tips for reducing exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other infectious diseases

Prevention measures include the proper handling and disposing of linens and wastes

3/22/2017


Is healthcare cleaning a special case?

Many companies offer specialist cleaning and hand hygiene solutions for the healthcare sector

3/21/2017


New prevention methods for Clostridium difficile on a horizon

Prevention relies partially on infection control efforts

3/21/2017


Hospital food service aide gave young patients a Christmas surprise

Cafeteria worker saved all year and spent nearly $5,000 on around 1,300 toys

3/21/2017


Modern surveillance technologies can improve decentralized healthcare security

Security professionals rely on their surveillance system to help them monitor indoor and outdoor spaces

3/20/2017


Hospital floors often overlooked when it comes to infection control

Floors in patient rooms are often contaminated with health care-associated pathogens

3/20/2017


Inspectors find safety issues at Montana hospital

Hospital did not eliminate environmental risks for suicidal patients

3/20/2017


New technology and approaches to cut lab energy use

Lab research facilities are energy intense building types due to the vast amounts of 100 percent outside air required

3/20/2017


Boiler problems cause evacuation of Pennsylvania healthcare facility

Patients at Consulate Health Care of Cheswick were displaced for several hours

3/20/2017


Patient with gun admitted to ICU, bypassed security

Woman shoots, kills herself at Florida hospital

3/17/2017


Manufacturer changing how sinks work in hospitals

It has no faucet, knobs or levers and is designed to reduce splashing

3/17/2017


Connecticut healthcare facility increases efficiency

Windham Hospital in Willimantic was recently honored for energy initiatives

3/17/2017


Safety concerns raised before hospital roof collapse

Concerns about the structural safety at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, where a section of the roof collapsed, were raised by a legislator

3/17/2017


Hospital says facility smoking ban forces patients onto dangerous roads

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, which sets guidance for clinical practice, states that hospital premises, including the grounds, should remain smoke-free

3/16/2017


Data disaster recovery planning key for healthcare facilities

HIPAA-covered entities are required to have a contingency plan

3/16/2017


Healthcare facilities can be compromised by malware that infects medical devices

Insecurable medical systems provide a target for identity thieves

3/16/2017


Study finds air quality can impact effectiveness of antibiotics

Bacteria that cause respiratory infections can be affected by air pollution

3/15/2017


Full-scale patient room mock-ups help designer see flaws

Patient-care scenarios can be simulated to make sure the design provides an workable space and healing environment, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

3/14/2017


Study says healthcare facility floors can harbor pathogens

Many items in patient rooms can come in contact with the floor, and germs can spread to hands

3/14/2017


Many hands: Team building may boost hand washing

Study suggests a cohesive team will have improved compliance

3/14/2017


Standardized security technologies urged for healthcare campus

Facilities with strict, consistent specifications can improve safety and cut costs

3/13/2017


Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta: Navigating a better patient experience

Mobile wayfinding application instrumental in designing and delivering a personalized patient experience

3/13/2017


Materials management supported by efficiently designed spaces

Nurses can spend 20 percent or more of their total time performing fundamental materials management tasks

3/13/2017


Patient room floors, sinks could be contaminated with bacteria

Infection risks may be overlooked by infection control efforts

3/13/2017


Human capital management for the healthcare industry: What to look for

Healthcare organizations need to locate and manage talent that will support their unique operational objectives

3/13/2017


Hospital floors may be spreading germs more easily than believed

Germs can move quickly from floors to high-touch surfaces

3/10/2017


Madison hospital makes eating healthy easier

The effort began with the removal of sugar-sweetened drinks and deep-fat fryers

3/10/2017


Report predicts healthcare facilities to increase IT security spending

A majority of survey respondents are without adequate data security controls

3/10/2017


Technology advances fuel demand for new healthcare equipment

How to finance new equipment in 2017

3/10/2017


Study explores superbugs found in healthcare facility sinks

Bacteria spreads from drainpipes to patients in stages

3/9/2017


Big Data can support infection control

Healthcare facilities can use Real Time Location Systems to track visits to hand hygiene stations

3/9/2017


$1.2 million of equipment stolen from Toronto hospital

The hospital’s video surveillance footage shows the suspects used suitcases to transport equipment

3/9/2017


Texas hospital ready for hazardous material emergencies

Parkland Memorial Hospital decon unit deals with chemical exposure situations

3/9/2017


Texas hospital employee says stealing was 'easy'

Employee allegedly stole $400k of medical equipment from Christus Santa Rosa Hospital

3/8/2017


Maximizing BIM use in healthcare facility operations

White paper says not all facilities are putting BIM to use

3/8/2017


Pre-fab bathroom pods deliver luxury to go

The Christ Hospital Joint and Spine Center plugged in high-end modular bathrooms as part of its tight construction schedule

3/7/2017


Drug disappearances at VA hospitals investigated

VA drugs losses rose tenfold between 2009 and 2015

3/6/2017


Innovations curbing healthcare facility infections

Lighting and antibacterial surfaces helping to reduce harmful microrganisms

3/6/2017


Height-adjustable bathroom fixtures can make life easier for people with mobility challenges

Fixtures have been designed to allow quick and easy height and position adjustability

3/6/2017


Steps to prevent health facility violence

Risk management expert urges zero tolerance culture

3/3/2017


Flint healthcare facility ordered a second time to address Legionella issues

Michigan health officials told McLaren Flint Hospital to correct conditions to reduce the presence of bacteria

3/2/2017


Survey suggests better supply chain management supports patient safety

A quarter of hospital staff with 'good' processes have seen or heard of expired product being used on a patient

3/2/2017


Hospital's HVAC upgrades benefit from in-house expertise

Maintenance and engineering managers know they can’t monitor what they don’t measure

3/2/2017


Lawsuit linking sixth death to UPMC mold names third facility

A third wrongful death lawsuit was filed in connection to a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center mold outbreak

3/1/2017


Nonclinical staff has role in patient satisfaction

There are a number of ways they can help to improve patient outcomes

3/1/2017


Dispute over hospital defects resolved

Embattled South Australian hospital will open within months

3/1/2017



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