Facility Operations - May 2017

Nurses suing Illinois hospital, security firm after being held hostage

Suit alleges security officer ran away from situation and made no effort to help

5/31/2017


Identity management playing greater role in healthcare cybersecurity

The most important thing security professionals can do is maintain control over who has access to the hospital’s systems

5/31/2017


Integrating and balancing resources for healthcare professionals

Leaders should develop process maps and flow charts to identify handoffs between subunits of an organization

5/31/2017


Healthcare IoT comes with ethical considerations

Healthcare IoT devices generate volumes of data about the health and lifestyle of users

5/31/2017


Protecting healthcare facility parking lots with video surveillance

Protecting patients, staff and visitors have become increasingly important in addressing patient privacy, safe guarding against infant abductions and ensuring an overall safe environment

5/31/2017


Healthcare facility's faulty video system helped lead to suit by deaf patients

Two deaf patients won the right to sue Baptist Health South Florida for discrimination

5/30/2017


Houston psychiatric hospital closes after failing safety inspection

Investigators cited the hospital for maintaining door handles, faucets and other items that suicidal patients could use to hang themselves

5/30/2017


Dealing with a violent healthcare workplace

There are ways to reduce the likelihood of violent incidents in a longterm care facility

5/30/2017


U.S. medical devices hit for first time by recent global ransomeware attack

WannaCry ransomware affected some Bayer medical devices

5/30/2017


Former maintenance employee speaks out against N.C. senior facility living conditions

Complaints allege presence of mold, mildew and bed bugs

5/30/2017


Fresno hospitals using ‘eyeprints’ for patient ID

Each time a patient registers for an appointment, a quick photo will be taken to match with the one on file

5/26/2017


California healthcare facility brings in super heroes to promote employee safety

Kaiser Permanente brought Wonder Woman and Spider Man to safety fair

5/26/2017


Patient safety mistakes to avoid

Physician says healthcare has made missteps on patient safety journey

5/26/2017


Generator shutdown means

Both exterior and interior generators are required to have a second means of shutting down the prime mover

5/26/2017


Move to exempt healthcare facilities from Kansas gun law stalls

Unless changes are made, concealed handguns will be allowed in state psychiatric hospitals

5/25/2017


Model to stop superbugs may not be working

MRSA outbreak has experts rethinking strategy

5/25/2017


Visitor blames Houston healthcare facility for injuries

Woman is suing a Memorial Hermann Healthcare System and a maintenance provider

5/25/2017


Enhancing the patient experience through building automation technology

Partnership optimizes efficiency to enhance the care and comfort of patients, visitors, and staff at Watson Clinic in Central Florida

5/25/2017


Emergency preparedness deadline approaching for nursing homes and hospices

Many healthcare providers will be required to step up their safety efforts

5/24/2017


Wisconsin hospital offering healthy local food choices

Sauk Prairie Healthcare sources 50 percent of their locally

5/24/2017


Staying on top of the latest trends in the healthcare industry

A building’s performance infrastructure enables patients to heal and clinicians to provide compassionate care

5/24/2017


D.C. hospital probes security officers' alleged wheelchair ‘dump’ of patient

Howard University is investigating an incident involving a female patient left lying on the ground at a nearby bus stop

5/23/2017


Disposing of fluid medical waste

Facilities discuss their choice of liquid waste management in an Outpatient Surgery article

5/23/2017


Healthcare facilities struggle with patch management to block cyberattacks

Workforce shortages and patch management issues came to the fore after WannaCry attacks

5/23/2017


Massachusetts hospital integrates security camera system

System reviews and monitors more than 1,000 security cameras

5/23/2017


Point of care ecosystem – Greater connectivity improves BP measurement accuracy

A connected point of care ecosystem also protects the quality of the measurement data by virtually eliminating the risk of human error at the keyboard

5/23/2017


Active shooter threat assessment tool offered

Threat assessment checklist available for download on Campus Safety website

5/22/2017


Cleveland Clinic names new food-service provider

Employees could be rehired by Morrison Healthcare

5/22/2017


C. diff-contaminated areas can increase infection risk

Risk increases when a patient is in an area previously occupied by someone with a Clostridium difficile infection

5/22/2017


Healthcare facility succession planning can prevent future pain

Hospitals across the country are facing longterm facility department staffing issues

5/22/2017


John Oliver report alleges DaVita infection control issues

DaVita called dialysis factory where infection control procedures are skipped and patients are rushed on and off machines, sometimes before the process is complete

5/19/2017


Music's power to improve waiting room experience studied

Naval pilots concept uses music and nature to soothe

5/19/2017


The right communication can improve patient satisfaction

Infographic charts key patient touchpoints

5/19/2017


Countries still working to deal with widespread hacking

Officials in nearly 100 countries raced last weekend to contain one of the biggest cybersecurity attacks in recent history

5/19/2017


Nurses taken hostage at Illinois hospital when patient grabs officer's gun

Chicago man, 21, was fatally shot by SWAT team at Geneva hospital

5/18/2017


Greenest hospitals in U.S.

Features include such innovative practices as paperless records, rooftop gardens, water consumption reduction and the maximization of natural light.

5/18/2017


DC VA sited for stained, missing surgical equipment

Surgery had to be halted at the Veterans Affairs hospital after probe

5/18/2017


Utility savings fund Saskatoon hospital upgrades

Facility staff helped plan retrofit in busy healthcare setting

5/18/2017


Hospital bathrooms can be haven for illegal drug use

Standard equipment for hospital security guards may include opioid overdose-reversing drugs

5/18/2017


Future healthcare facilities will not have patients in them, IT expert says

The use of future tech will mean clinicians are monitoring and responding to patients remotely

5/17/2017


IoT expected to disrupt healthcare

Most surveyed healthcare execs say the Internet of Things could shake up healthcare in the next three years

5/17/2017


New Jersey expands elder facility hidden camera program

Program launched to protect elderly and disabled patients from caregiver abuse

5/17/2017


Washington healthcare facility recognized for sustainability programs

'Keeping it local' philosophy helped hospital win Practice Greenhealth honors

5/17/2017


NHS working to recover from global cyberattack

Teams ‘working round the clock’ to fix systems rendered inaccessible

5/16/2017


Hospital door handles called significant source of MRSA

Environments of three hospitals in Ghana studied

5/16/2017


Hospital impaling death blamed on lack of information

Death at Boston Pilgrim Hospital would have been less likely if equipment manufacturer had issued a safety notice, jury told

5/15/2017


Faulty alarm system puts psychiatric hospital at risk, staff says

Personal alarms used by nursing staff regularly break and are often 'useless,' staffer says

5/15/2017


Addressing 'meaningful use' regulatory challenges

Strategic investment in facility infrastructure services can help achieve long-term compliance

5/15/2017


More than quarter of nursing home residents colonized with MDR bacteria

A systematic review and meta-analysis revealed a high colonization rate of 27 percent among residents

5/15/2017


$1 million worth of medical equipment missing from Indiana VA

VA officials say losses are small compared to the inventory’s size, but may indicate poor record-keeping

5/12/2017


CDC study finds most cooling towers test positive for Legionella

Reported cases of Legionnaires' increased by 286 percent between the year 2000 and 2014

5/12/2017


Auditing medical-device reprocessing key

Adherence to sterilization and disinfection best practices ensures patient safety

5/12/2017


383 Sodexo food service workers losing jobs at Cleveland Clinic

The affected jobs include 215 food service workers, 25 cooks, 31 supervisors, and a variety of other positions

5/12/2017


Hazmat scare prompts ED evacuation

Healthcare facility located near Maryland military base

5/11/2017


Proposed East Bronx Healthcare microgrid design mitigates risk for four hospitals

The East Bronx Healthcare Microgrid was announced as one of 11 winners to receive a $1,000,000 grant from NY Prize

5/11/2017


Nursing students say they need additional infection prevention education

Nearly 40 percent of respondents believed they needed more training

5/11/2017


Controlling infections in care homes

Preventing the spread of infection in care homes largely comes down to knowledge about hygiene practices

5/11/2017


Hospital investigators, CDC disagree over source of deadly mold

Mold responsible for the deaths of seven patients at University of Pittsburgh hospitals

5/11/2017


Paper sanitizers can curb bacteria

Metallized paper can sanitize surfaces with 10 seconds of treatment

5/10/2017


Redesigning the sterile reprocessing room

Minnesota hospital makes department more staff-friendly

5/10/2017


Ohio university adds healthcare environmental services focus to program

Ohio State University adds healthcare to hospitality curriculum

5/9/2017


Ontario hospital project boost chemo safety

Renovation project to improve safety in handling chemotherapy drugs

5/9/2017


Toledo hospital uses robot to help keep patients safe

Germ-zapping robot destroys bugs in hard-to-clean places

5/9/2017


N.J. hospitals practice response to nuclear attack

'Operation Gotham Shield' not a direct response to concerns about North Korea's nuclear arsenal

5/5/2017


'Superbug' fungus emerging in N.Y. region

Two of the three kinds of commonly used antifungal drugs have little effect

5/5/2017


Surface selection can support infection control efforts

Healthcare facilities' environmental services staff can be challenged by poor surface choices

5/5/2017


Huge healthcare facility relies on healthcare virtualization

Dallas hospital credits technology with better patient experience, improved security and saving time

5/5/2017


Pa. healthcare facility deep cleaning after bedbugs found

Dementia patients moved during fumigation of unit

5/5/2017


Window-washing Power Rangers surprise Philadelphia Children's Hospital patients

This wasn't the first time the cleaners have dressed up for the children

5/4/2017



World Hand Hygiene Day focuses on antibiotic resistance

May 5 highlights the importance of hand hygiene in healthcare

5/4/2017


Key facts on C. auris fungus

C. auris was found on tested nurses' hands

5/4/2017


Hospitals address food insecurity

Food distribution are part the facilities' programming

5/4/2017


Is hiring ex-cons in healthcare safe?

Some states have passed laws to keep people with criminal convictions out of jobs in clinical settings

5/3/2017


Healthcare needs IF security talent

Nowhere is the lack of information security professionals more pressing than in the medical industry

5/3/2017


Infection control has silver bullet

Silver has been used to fight infections since ancient times

5/3/2017


Q&A: ER department corridors

Brad Keyes discusses regulations for hazardous areas

5/3/2017


Operating room lights covered after metal shards fell on patient

Gold Coast University Hospital has ordered replacement arms for all operating room lights

5/2/2017


Hospitals with the quietest patient rooms

Data tracks HCAHPS surveys from April 2015 through March 2016

5/2/2017


Hospital cleaners awarded damages over toxic fumes

According to their union, the workers were not given any training on potentially dangerous cleaning chemicals

5/2/2017


CDC offers interim guidance on Zika virus for healthcare personnel

So far, there have been no reports of transmission of Zika virus from infected patients to healthcare personnel

5/2/2017


OSHA violence standard for healthcare supported in comments

Expanding the agency's definition of workplace violence also urged

5/2/2017


Duke University Hospital gets mobile water filtration system

Truck is part of facility's emergency response arsenal

5/2/2017


Deadline for emergency preparedness approaching for hospitals

Deadline requiring hospitals to meet new requirements for handling patient safety during emergencies is Nov. 15, 2017

5/1/2017


New Stamford Hospital building designed to be green

Sustainability features key to keeping costs down

5/1/2017



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