Facility Operations - July 2017

Dozens of swastikas found in Long Beach hospital stairwell

Nurses at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center ask for more security

7/31/2017


Jury orders Olympus to pay hospital $6.6 million but rejects claims scopes are unsafe

Hospital must pay $1 million to deceased patient’s family

7/31/2017


Time for a checkup: Conducting hospital roof inspections

Regular maintenance will protect one of a healthcare facility's most expensive assets

7/31/2017


Bathroom doors removed after patient suicide at N.C. hospital

Investigation also found that staff members were not checking patients as they should

7/28/2017


Report: Healthcare facilities unprepared for next infectious disease outbreak

When the next outbreak hits, healthcare facilities should lead with their emergency management (EM) team.

7/28/2017


Combustible dust rule dropped in Trump deregulation push

The administration has dropped several potential workplace safety regulations

7/28/2017


Cutting costs in water management

CMS requires healthcare facilities to reduce Legionella risk in water systems

7/28/2017


Philadelphia hospital cleaners cited for state of bed railings

Doctor says fault is with design, not with environmental services

7/27/2017


Nurse pleads for more hospital security after attack

New bill would require safety plans for healthcare facilities

7/27/2017


Recognition first step in fighting violence in healthcare

Workers should be educated as to what the warning signs are

7/27/2017


Retail space gaining more importance in hospital settings

But there is still room to grow in this area

7/27/2017


Children's healthcare records especially vulnerable to cyber attacks

The healthcare industry may be more vulnerable to cyberattacks because of the wide variety of data

7/27/2017


Healthcare laundries evolve to deal with emerging issues

Laundries competing in healthcare will need to be more professional in their operations

7/27/2017


Black mold abatement underway at California hospital

Palm Drive Health Care District to pay for remodeling costs of Sonoma West Medical Center

7/26/2017


Life Safety Q&A: Locked exit doors from psychiatric unit

Brad Keyes continues the discussion on locked exit doors from psychiatric unit

7/26/2017


Wyoming healthcare facility among those affected by phone, internet outage

Outage caused by cut fiber optic cable about four miles north of Casper

7/26/2017


Sewage backup contaminated surgical instruments at VA hospital

Virginia healthcare facility forced to evacuate contaminated area

7/25/2017


Rise in dementia leads to new food service options

Program addresses residents' potential malnutrition issues

7/25/2017


Washington 'virtual hospital' provides second set of eyes on patients

CHI Franciscan's Clinical Operations Center in Tacoma monitors regional health system

7/25/2017


Glasgow hospital lauded for hygiene turnaround

Previous inspections at Hairmyres Hospital found issues

7/25/2017


Better cleaning and fewer antibiotics are cutting C. diff rates

Many healthcare facilities implemented stricter cleaning and infection control protocols

7/25/2017


The ABC of FHIR: Reinventing interoperability

FHIR was created with keeping the complexity and the sheer amount of healthcare data in mind and it takes a new, web-based approach to connecting discrete data elements

7/24/2017


LEDs can help healthcare facility become more energy efficient

Investing in energy efficiency can help to free up funds to meet the changing demands in healthcare

7/24/2017


Stanford Hospital union issues a cautionary tale

Workers claimed that healthcare system had high rates of healthcare-associated infections due to inadequate staffing and training

7/21/2017


Keys to cleanliness in an ambulatory care setting

Limited resources can make a standardized environmental cleaning program challenging

7/21/2017


Electrician's work transforms refugee hospital

Window films were added to make the hospital rooms cooler, more energy efficient

7/20/2017


Preparing for active shooter events in healthcare facilities

Hospitals should start with training employees to recognize and respond to dangers

7/20/2017


Fewer healthcare facilities planning emergency notification upgrades

Survey also indicates the authority to issue alerts is shifting

7/20/2017


N.H. VA hospital officials fired for safety issues

Staffers cite an operating room infested with flies and obsolete or unsterile surgical instruments

7/20/2017


Assessing potential utility problems and responses can help with CMS compliance

Planning for utility system failure is essential for patient care

7/20/2017


Hospital asbestos called 'a ticking time bomb'

BBC London has found 94 percent of hospitals in the city contain asbestos

7/19/2017


Healthcare facilities urged to develop systems to track security technology repairs

Maintenance issue is much bigger than most facilities realize

7/19/2017


How to improve patient safety

One such solution is strategically used patient wristbands

7/19/2017


Wyoming healthcare facility bracing for eclipse fans

Hospital preparing by shuffling around staff from its professional office building and stopping nonessential services

7/18/2017


Chicago area flooding, power outage force evacuation of hospital

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital transferred 70 patients to nearby facilities after losing power

7/18/2017


Infection rates key in Stanford Hospital, union conflict

SEIU says hospital's poor infection control practices jeopardize safety

7/18/2017


Study says bacteria adhesion does not depend on contact area size

Despite their spherical shape, the bacteria cannot be described as hard spheres when they interact with a surface

7/18/2017


Bronx hospital attack, puts focus on healthcare worker safety

What measures do hospitals take to minimize risk to their employees

7/18/2017


Healing from under your feet

How resilient flooring is helping fight hospital-associated infections

7/17/2017


Hand and surface cleanliness support prevention of cross contamination

Frequently touched surfaces can collect infectious pathogens

7/17/2017


HAI reduction program developed to support environmental services

Hospital improves infection control by educating housekeeping

7/14/2017


Wired hospitals using technology to drive efficiency

Health Care's Most Wired survey suggests there's room to further integrate systems

7/14/2017


Self-cleaning touch points can support infection control

Powered by light, the self-cleaning surface use mineral nanocrystals to create an oxidation reaction

7/14/2017


Stab-proof vests urged for staff at some Perth hospitals

New figures about 50 violent incidents reported each day

7/14/2017


ASHE announces 2017 award recipients

The American Society for Healthcare Engineering is recognizing members for improving the healthcare physical environment, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

7/14/2017


Building design and construction can impact patient safety

Buildings should be designed in a way that prevents patient injury

7/14/2017


Bomb scare at Dallas VA hospital just latest in history of troubles

Physician assistant sparked concern from colleagues for months before incident

7/13/2017


Guidelines help hospitals make drink options healthier

New South Wales Health has banned the sale of sugary beverages from its healthcare facilities, but Queensland makes it optional

7/13/2017


New hospital hit by mold

Mold was found in a ward of the new Gleneagles Hospital Hong Kong

7/13/2017


Healthcare facility design can impact infection control

Environmental services should participate in the design process

7/13/2017


Hospitals reviewing security after Bronx shooting

Shooting at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center resulted in death of one doctor and injuries to six other people

7/12/2017


Surface touch frequency & hand hygiene in the patient zone

A closer look at surface contamination and compliance rates

7/12/2017


Study says recurring C. diff infections up 189% from 2001 to 2012

Findings indicate multiple recurring C. diff infections place an increased burden on healthcare system

7/12/2017


Unions claim victory in Mayo food fight

SEIU Healthcare Minnesota announces a tentative contract agreement with Morrison Healthcare

7/11/2017


Heater-cooler contamination found to be more common than previously believed

Devices have been linked to a number of infections

7/11/2017


Three hospitals fail fire safety checks after London tower fire

Buildings at London's King's College Hospital, Sheffield's children's hospital and the North Middlesex Trust have been found to have combustible cladding

7/11/2017


Study says that understanding how microbes interact with hospital surfaces is key to infection control

Previously, few studies focused on the hospital room microbiome and whether the data might affect room cleaning

7/10/2017


Healthcare facilities striving for more creativity in the kitchen

Hospital chefs and food service workers networks submit themed recipes for annual contest

7/10/2017


Doctor opens fire at a Bronx hospital, killing one and wounding six

Disgruntled doctor was armed with an AR-15 rifle that he snuck in under a lab coat

7/10/2017


Study says even clean hands can transmit MRSA in the NICU

Hospitals urged to not rely on hand hygiene alone for protecting patients

7/10/2017


Hospital's sprinklers will not be fully installed until 2020

Inspectors highlighted fire safety failures at Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary in UK three years ago

7/7/2017


Better cleaning contributes to fall in C. diff rates

Healthcare facilities are adopting stricter cleaning standards

7/7/2017


Wisconsin healthcare facilities affected by global ransomware attack

International cyberattack is having an effect on medical facilities here in Northeast Wisconsin

7/6/2017


BioPharma facility trends to watch

Facilities are a major investment for these businesses

7/6/2017


Best surface cleaning options depends on many factors

Whole-room disinfection robots may be part of best practices for outpatient facility

7/6/2017


Canadian hospitals may have exposed 1,307 patients to hepatitis B and C

Some diabetic patients were potentially exposed during individual insulin training sessions

7/6/2017


Cutting infection risk in high-traffic areas

Public spaces contain her own infection-risk issues

7/6/2017


Superheroes drop in on hospitalized children in Virginia

Window washers dressed as superheroes Spider-Man, Batman, Thor and Superman

7/5/2017


Guide looks at hospitals' response to food insecurity

AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust explores the challenges of ensuring a population has access to healthy food

7/5/2017


Mass. nurses push for safety after stabbing

Hospital asking safety officials to examine security following attack

7/5/2017


Hospital staff searches 15 tons of hospital waste to find patient's necklace

St. Luke's Hospital in Phillipsburg apologized for losing the jewelry in the first place

7/3/2017


Study focuses on better patient room cleaning methods

Researchers are using human factors engineering to optimize performance and processes

7/3/2017


Welch hospital cladding checked after London tower fire

The cladding on Singleton Hospital in Swansea will be removed and inspected as a precaution

7/3/2017


Training key to curbing hospital violence

Workplace violence injuries increased by 55 percent among nurses during this time period from 2012 to 2014

7/3/2017



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