Facility Operations - August 2017

Houston’s hospitals become victims of flood as they work to help

The response to Harvey will show whether health officials learned lessons from Katrina

8/31/2017


Patients at Houston hospital awaited evacuation as food ran low

Water had surrounded Ben Taub Hospital in Houston, closing its main entrance

8/31/2017


How the burning FHIR affects healthcare organizations

With the boon of digitization in healthcare, care delivery became faster and easier, but interoperability got lost somewhere in this revolution

8/31/2017


Hospitals urged to cooperate to beat hackers

Security frameworks and threat intelligence sharing already exist

8/31/2017


Flooded nursing home's residents in viral photo 'doing fine'

Senior citizens have been relocated to nearby facility and hospital

8/30/2017


HHS declares public health emergency in Texas

Hurricane Harvey forces hospitals to close

8/30/2017


Houston hospital evacuation delayed by rising water

Water recession from around the facility will likely take several days

8/30/2017


Guidance issued for emerging fungal threat

An increasing number of cases has affected 55 hospitals so far in the U.K.

8/30/2017


Spanish hospital elevator malfunction kills patient

Woman crushed between floors in freak accident

8/29/2017


Study: Wipes more effective against C. difficile

Researchers from the Netherlands find wipes are better than sprays

8/29/2017


Key concerns for healthcare mobile security

Maintaining HIPAA compliance is an essential consideration

8/29/2017


Tips for buying AI-based cybersecurity tools

AI can help mitigate cybersecurity risks by automating tasks and expertise

8/29/2017


Hospital reviewing security after patient stabbing

A 26-year-old female patient was stabbed by a 17-year-old male patient in mental health unit

8/28/2017


Survey shows few hospitals are keeping up with consumer expectations

Only 8 percent of healthcare organizations are applying successful practices to meet these new expectations

8/28/2017


Mayo Clinic Health System workers used simulation space for de-escalation training

More than 100 Mayo physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses and other emergency room staff participated

8/28/2017


Hospital criticized for fox extermination plan

U.K. hospital maternity unit has contacted pest control to remove foxes near building

8/25/2017


IT and clinical engineering convergence. Why now? How?

Today’s medical devices and biomedical/clinical engineering (CE) departments are increasingly dependent upon a health system’s IT infrastructure and expertise.

8/25/2017


Minimizing noise in the OR

Considering the physical environment and identifying ways to reduce distractions

8/25/2017


Top online security blogs to watch

VPN Mentor website lists blogs offering most up-to-date news, insight and analysis

8/25/2017


Bronx-Lebanon Hospital adapts, reviews security after shooting

Security measures have been added and shooting sites are being renovated

8/24/2017


Integrate DG software into ERP system for streamlined shipping compliance

All but the smallest shippers run their operations on enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. But many have been slower to adopt DG software

8/24/2017


Patient given bloody wheelchair at N.Y. hospital

St. Luke's Hospital in Newburgh is investigating the incident

8/24/2017


Healthcare facility sued over death of elderly man who drank hospital hand sanitizer

Patient consumed 500ml of the liquid, which was 75 per cent alcohol – the equivalent of a litre of gin

8/24/2017


Hole in roof ignored for years at Spokane VA hospital

Congresswoman requested VA investigate conditions based on veterans' complaints

8/23/2017


Police say thief was sleeping in Phoenix hospital basement

A man was caught stealing multiple laptops and large televisions

8/23/2017


N.H. hospital reopens ER closed by mystery illness

Mysterious odor contributed to sickening of 20 operating room staff members

8/23/2017


Nurses seeking reforms in hospital security

The rate of violent incidents at hospitals appears to be growing

8/23/2017


Healthcare facilities urged to prepare for ransomware 2.0

Next wave of attacks will likely target Internet of Things

8/23/2017


3-D printing finds uses in healthcare food service

3-D printing is becoming the hot new technology in the food industry

8/22/2017


Survey: Most feel clinicians should protect patients during an active shooter event

Patients and hospital staff have different perceptions about the risk of active shooter events

8/22/2017


71 percent of healthcare organizations have a cybersecurity budget

Survey shows healthcare organizations are enhancing their cybersecurity programs

8/22/2017


N.H. women's prison will focus on healthcare

N.H. women's prison will focus on healthcare

8/22/2017


Sixty percent of healthcare organizations have a senior executive overseeing cybersecurity

Survey shows differences in the cybersecurity programs when there's a chief information security officer

8/22/2017


Hospitals stock up on blood, rattlesnake bite antidote for eclipse

More than 1 million visitors are expected to come to Oregon

8/21/2017


Faulty door blamed for death at Minnesota healthcare facility

A woman in a wheelchair tumbled down a stairway behind a door with a faulty lock

8/21/2017


Indiana hospital adds grocery store to facility to encourage healthy eating

The Fresh For You Market offers fresh produce and milk, eggs and cheese

8/21/2017


Dogs stop Boko Haram attack on hospital

Two suicide bombers tried to detonate bombs at the Moloi General Hospital in Maiduguri, Nigeria

8/18/2017


Hospital room of the future includes IoT

IoT can create drastic improvement in hospital care

8/18/2017


Boosting energy efficiency with building envelope retrofit

Other benefits include improved appearance and uninterrupted workflow

8/18/2017


Food truck focuses on healthcare facilities' satellite buildings without on-site meal options

Some employees at Centra Health in Virginia don't have access to on-site food venues

8/18/2017


Guam healthcare officials ramp up security plans

Emergency preparedness plans are being strengthened because of North Korean threats

8/17/2017


Multi-modal communications platform keeps affected users Informed during IT crises

How an academic medical center manages a campus-wide crises

8/17/2017


Study says cleaning dirty sponges strengthens worst bacteria

Microwaving a sponge only kills the weak bacteria

8/17/2017


Insiders, hackers causing most recent healthcare breaches

The healthcare sector has reported 233 breach incidents this year so far

8/17/2017


Nuclear exposure preparedness for healthcare workers

Recent developments require healthcare professionals to be educated

8/16/2017


Oxford hospital closes trauma unit over cladding safety fears

John Radcliffe hospital is the first to have to transfer patients to other buildings after Grenfell Tower fire

8/16/2017


Hospital security is like an onion

Each layer – from the property perimeter to the innermost highly-sensitive areas – presents its own set of challenges that need to be addressed

8/16/2017


N.C. hospital sends family blood-stained clothing of deceased daughter

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center apologizes for package, sent three months after patient's death

8/15/2017


Wisconsin healthcare facility working to make healthy choices easier

Beaver Dam Community Hospital Cafe is designated as a Blue Zones Project-approved restaurant

8/15/2017


Healthcare cybersecurity threat growing

The security of digital health has not kept up with its growth

8/15/2017


AHA says violence cost healthcare facilities $2.7B in 2016

That number includes losses from uncompensated care and added security spending

8/15/2017


Healthcare facility renovation linked to decline in bacteria

Researchers found a sharp but temporary decline in patient colonization with vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE)

8/15/2017


First VA healthcare facility to offer room service dining gets high marks

The Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) started new food service plan four years ago

8/15/2017


CMS extends deadline for smoke barrier door inspections and tests

Facilities have until Jan. 1, 2018, to comply with an annual testing requirement for certain doors

8/14/2017


Trauma unit closed over fire safety concerns

Unit closed for 12 months while flammable cladding is replaced

8/14/2017


Affordable ways to recognize employees

Companies with a solid strategy to recognize members of their team enjoy stronger engagement, increased employee morale, a devoted spirit of customer service and lower turnover rates

8/14/2017


Pa. health systems foodservice best practices include 'Healthy Selections' options

HS+ focuses on minimally processed nutritional ingredients that contain no added sugar and are free of antibiotics, hormones, artificial preservatives, colors and sweeteners

8/14/2017


Key components to severe weather preparedness

About 98 percent of declared disasters are weather related, leading to approximately 500 deaths and $15 billion in damages annually

8/11/2017


Healthcare foodservice balances customer satisfaction and the bottom line

Healthcare executives call on foodservice directors to find solutions to financial challenges

8/11/2017


Collaborative launched for rural hospitals

New charity will offer no- and low-cost consulting services

8/11/2017


Armed dementia patient triggers lock down at Florida hospital

Florida Hospital East patient was not threatening other patients or staff.

8/11/2017


Cybercriminals may be planning a new type of attack on healthcare

There is a possibility of direct manipulation of patient data

8/10/2017


Some Portland-area healthcare facilities planning eclipse-related closures, service cuts

Many nonemergency care providers across Salem, Ore., will close or limit services on Aug. 21

8/9/2017


A ‘perfect storm’ superbug worrying infection experts

Candida auris resists usual control measures

8/9/2017


Copper in linens and surfaces can help prevent infections

Researchers found an 83 percent reduction in infections caused by Clostridium difficile

8/9/2017


Carpet Care 101 for healthcare facilities

Keeping carpets sanitary requires proper maintenance and preventative measures to minimize damage, clean effectively, and eliminate dirt and allergens from carpets as well as the air

8/9/2017


Oregon hospital prepares to care for eclipse watchers

Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital increasing amount of stored food and water

8/8/2017


Virtual assistants could change the way healthcare is delivered

Amazon's Alexa can give medical advice and look up and recite clinical information

8/8/2017


Effective and efficient dusting measures a priority at new trauma center

Renovated Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center has approximately 390,000 square feet of flooring that requires daily cleaning

8/8/2017


Illinois city threatens lawsuit over asbestos in old hospital

Aurora wants the owners of the old Copley Hospital to remove or mitigate asbestos

8/8/2017


Survey: Data breaches a concern for 95 percent of hospital CIOs

Many healthcare facilities struggle to keep up with hackers

8/7/2017


Interoperability is the heart of care coordination

As of 2015, 75% of hospitals have at least a basic EHR, a major increase from 9% less than a decade ago

8/7/2017


Healthcare environmental services workers protest in Britain’s biggest cleaners’ strike

750 of London’s lowest-paid workers take action against one of the country’s wealthiest corporation

8/7/2017


Report released on Milwaukee VA hospital's security

Overdose death of veteran is prompting changes

8/7/2017


Study finds Zika unlikely to be passed by casual contact

Sharing a fork or spoon is not enough to spread the Zika virus

8/7/2017


Colo. engineers demonstrate hospital 'germ trap'

Researchers seal off a hospital wing and adjust the existing ventilation system

8/4/2017


After-hours hospital security performing some triage duties

Private security guards are acting as the after-hours gatekeepers at Winnepeg's Misericordia Health Centre

8/4/2017


Fire safety key to window choices at U.K. hospital

Brighter, child-friendly environment also stressed for Sheffield Children's Hospital

8/4/2017


Healthcare workers pathogen exposure risks highlighted

Data provides standardized system for tracking the occupational exposures for healthcare staff

8/4/2017


Website lists waterborne pathogens more potentially dangerous than sharks

STAT published a list of waterborne pathogens with bite

8/3/2017


Buffalo healthcare facility spent nearly $10 million recovering from massive cyberattack

Erie County Medical Center didn't pay the nearly $30,000 ransom

8/3/2017


Healthcare facilities can optimize infection prevention with best practices

Drones investments may be five years away

8/3/2017



Healthcare laundry challenges include disposables, sustainability

Industry urges to fight false claims about disposable product

8/3/2017


Joint Commission lists issues contributing to healthcare workplace settings

Violence in healthcare settings is underreported and growing

8/3/2017


Patient killed, nurses injured in Pa. hospital patient room fire

Fire in room at UPMC Susquehanna started when gown catches fire

8/2/2017


Despite design precautions, psychiatric facility had 3 suicides in 2016

Less than four years ago, the facility was built with all the latest best practices in suicide prevention in mind

8/2/2017


Army hospitals deploying germ-killing robots

Three new robots were recently sent to South Korea

8/2/2017


The future of health intelligent virtual assistant market

Speech recognition technology to gain prominence over 2017-2024

8/2/2017


What does the client really want?

In order to deliver superior outcomes to healthcare clients, you have to know what your clients want

8/2/2017


VA probe looking into allegations of fly-infested operating room in N.H.

A top-to-bottom review of the Manchester VAMC is planned

8/1/2017


Australian care facility accused of not safeguarding drugs, vetting killer nurse

Insulin storage issues also a focus of the claim

8/1/2017


Keeping the power on in healthcare facilities

The Ministry of Health currently spending more than $727 million annually on security

8/1/2017


Healthcare facilities should prepare for cyberattack against power grid

Researchers urge hospitals to prepare for a cyberattack against the U.S. power grid

8/1/2017


Jamaican government increasing security at public healthcare facilities

The Ministry of Health currently spending more than $727 million annually on security

8/1/2017



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