White substance sparks hazmat incident at Idaho hospital

A patient entered Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center ER carrying a container of an unknown white substance

1/23/2020


Minnesota law to allow surveillance cameras in senior homes

Nursing homes and assisted-living facilities across the state are required to inform residents of their right to use the cameras

1/23/2020


Reduced capacity at Atlanta hospital affects region

For more than a month, Grady Memorial Hospital emergency rooms has been operating at a reduced capacity

1/23/2020


Preventative lease portfolio audits are worth a pound of cure

The potential for fines for non-compliant use of space arrangements, can range in the millions and warrants a critical review of real estate portfolios

1/23/2020


Cleveland Clinic manages its medical waste with color coding

Cleveland Clinic’s Office for a Healthy Environment focuses on sustainability across the organization, including the responsible management of medical waste

1/23/2020


Resilient design for healthcare facilities about more than disasters

Resilience can be about how the design holds up in the long-term

1/23/2020







N.Y. nursing home cited after maggots found in patient wound

Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation was not fined

1/22/2020


Atlanta hospital expects repair of flooding damage to take until fall

A water pipe break in early December flooded three floors at Grady Memorial Hospital

1/22/2020


Calif. hospital sets up overflow tent for flu patients

California seeing more flu cases than normal

1/22/2020


Regulations, Codes & Standards Q&A: Storage of flammable liquids (Part 3)

Brad Keyes discusses regulations for storage of flammable liquids

1/22/2020


Haiti's biggest hospital still not rebuilt 10 years after quake

Port-au-Prince hospital one of the first projects approved for Haiti’s reconstruction

1/22/2020


Effective paints and coatings applications

The right paint selection and surface prep is key

1/22/2020







Vermont healthcare facility reopening operating rooms after mysterious odor

Staff have installed carbon monoxide detectors and air sampling canisters in the buildings, and employees will wear detectors

1/21/2020


Ohio bill would allow cameras inside nursing home rooms

There is currently no law in Ohio against using private cameras inside a nursing home, but it's up to the nursing home to allow it

1/21/2020


Vail Health addresses surgical smoke concerns

Colorado Legislature passed a law stating that by May 1, 2021, healthcare facilities in the state must implement policies to prevent human exposure to surgical smoke

1/21/2020


Evolving healthcare design with virtual reality technology

Virtual reality (VR) technology allows for immediate experiences and on-demand reconfigurations at significantly lower costs than building physical mock-ups does

1/21/2020


Creating a secure building automation system

It is common for organizations to create a BAS and then more or less forget about it

1/21/2020


Dealing with the problem of dirty sinks

How clean can your washed hands really be if the sink is contaminated?

1/21/2020







Adopting EVS cleaning practices in skilled nursing facilities

The presence of more higher-acuity patients has led to greater danger from infections

1/20/2020


Probe: Hospital used OR without HEPA filter when infant got sick

Other operating rooms at the hospital had HEPA filters

1/20/2020


Chicago-area hospitals using tracking technology to monitor hand hygiene

Healthcare providers only wash or sanitize their hands only about half as much as they should

1/20/2020


The prescription for a healthy JCAHO audit

A robust, prescriptive EAM system is needed to avoid surprises and support a facility’s ongoing success

1/20/2020


Planning and budgeting key to sustainable HVAC

Step one in achieving sustainable HVAC design is organizational buy-in

1/20/2020


Best practices for cleaning, disinfection

Cleaning, disinfecting critical to prevention of hospital-acquired infections

1/20/2020







Seattle Children’s Hospital's mold issues spur class-action suit

Suit alleged hospital engaged in a coverup of problems

1/17/2020


CDC: Flu case total nears 10 million

The flu has already killed 4,800 this season

1/17/2020


Woman robbed, kidnapped from Louisiana hospital parking lot

Christus Shreveport-Bossier Health System said it will evaluate the safety of all of its campuses

1/17/2020


Presence of pan-resistant C. auris growing in New York

A total of 427 of 911 nationwide confirmed cases are found in New York

1/17/2020


Threats that could threaten disrupt security

Facilities managers must have resilience and security strategies to deal with disruptive new technologies

1/17/2020


Steps for effective emergency preparedness

Make sure your risk assessment and scenario planning are up to date and accurate

1/17/2020







Science teacher's experiment illustrates need for hand hygiene

Soap and water had positive results

1/16/2020


Designing for dementia patients

Access to nature can help orient older adults to time and place, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

1/16/2020


HVAC issues stall surgeries at Mo. hospital

Pinnacle Regional Hospital’s sterilization room didn’t have the right pressure, temperature and humidity

1/16/2020


Report says VHA spent $4 billion on new facilities with little oversight

The VHA supplies new medical facilities with startup funds for new staff, furniture, equipment, etc.

1/16/2020


A guide to winter roofing care

Roofs that are not properly cared for during the winter will bring unpleasant surprises when the weather warms.

1/16/2020


Door selection can impact infection control

Touchless doors can help stop the spread of germs and bacteria

1/16/2020







Pa. hospital criticized for 'systemic' failures

An investigation found unsanitary equipment, dirty linens on the floors

1/15/2020


Study: ICU patients’ hands carry pathogens

Hand hygiene important for patients as well as healthcare workers

1/15/2020


Choosing the right photo ID printer

There are many card printers on the market

1/15/2020


Regulations, Codes & Standards Q&A: Storage of flammable liquids (Part 2)

Brad Keyes discusses regulations for storage of flammable liquids

1/15/2020


Healthcare design trends in 2020s

Design professionals offer predictions for the upcoming trends and challenges

1/15/2020


Tips for life-safety and emergency prep in longterm care facilities

Start by looking at all possible risks

1/15/2020







‘Recent world events’ spark increased security at federal healthcare center

The Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago has closed all entrances except the main gate

1/14/2020


Detroit hospital gets bomb, shooting threats

Police say a psychiatric patient at the hospital made the calls

1/14/2020


Pa. hospital where preemies died didn’t sanitize breast milk equipment

State health department ordered Geisinger Medical Center in Danville to correct several deficiencies

1/14/2020


Missouri hospital ordered to stop performing surgery

Regulators conducted an inspection at Pinnacle Regional Hospital and cited it for sterile processing procedures

1/14/2020


The growing demand for transparency in all building spaces

To meet efficiency, optimization and carbon management goals, all the pieces of the puzzle must be considered

1/14/2020


Five hospitals' mold issues making headlines

A number of healthcare facilities have detected molds in their facilities over the past year

1/14/2020







Quake in Puerto Rico causes structural, power issues, but hospitals functional in hard-hit region

Earthquake killed at least one person and causing a power outage across the island

1/13/2020


Pediatric flu death toll highest in 17 years

CDC says 27 pediatric deaths have occurred so far this season

1/13/2020


The benefits of going paperless

The Raleigh General Hospital HR team decided they didn’t want to simply copy their current paper format. Rather, they decided to redesign how the files should be organized, not simply importing files as they were.

1/13/2020


Kaiser Permanente prepares for disasters based on experience

This year’s evacuation during a wildfire demonstrated significant improvements over previous efforts

1/13/2020


Selecting a photo ID system

Photo identification cards are an important part of healthcare facility security plan

1/13/2020


Study finds air quality can impact effectiveness of antibiotics

Bacteria that cause respiratory infections can be affected by air pollution

1/13/2020







Vermont healthcare facility reopening operating rooms after mysterious odor

Staff have installed carbon monoxide detectors and air sampling canisters in the buildings, and employees will wear detectors

1/21/2020


Ohio bill would allow cameras inside nursing home rooms

There is currently no law in Ohio against using private cameras inside a nursing home, but it's up to the nursing home to allow it

1/21/2020


Vail Health addresses surgical smoke concerns

Colorado Legislature passed a law stating that by May 1, 2021, healthcare facilities in the state must implement policies to prevent human exposure to surgical smoke

1/21/2020


Evolving healthcare design with virtual reality technology

Virtual reality (VR) technology allows for immediate experiences and on-demand reconfigurations at significantly lower costs than building physical mock-ups does

1/21/2020


Creating a secure building automation system

It is common for organizations to create a BAS and then more or less forget about it

1/21/2020


Dealing with the problem of dirty sinks

How clean can your washed hands really be if the sink is contaminated?

1/21/2020







Adopting EVS cleaning practices in skilled nursing facilities

The presence of more higher-acuity patients has led to greater danger from infections

1/20/2020


Probe: Hospital used OR without HEPA filter when infant got sick

Other operating rooms at the hospital had HEPA filters

1/20/2020


Chicago-area hospitals using tracking technology to monitor hand hygiene

Healthcare providers only wash or sanitize their hands only about half as much as they should

1/20/2020


The prescription for a healthy JCAHO audit

A robust, prescriptive EAM system is needed to avoid surprises and support a facility’s ongoing success

1/20/2020


Planning and budgeting key to sustainable HVAC

Step one in achieving sustainable HVAC design is organizational buy-in

1/20/2020


Best practices for cleaning, disinfection

Cleaning, disinfecting critical to prevention of hospital-acquired infections

1/20/2020







Seattle Children’s Hospital's mold issues spur class-action suit

Suit alleged hospital engaged in a coverup of problems

1/17/2020


CDC: Flu case total nears 10 million

The flu has already killed 4,800 this season

1/17/2020


Woman robbed, kidnapped from Louisiana hospital parking lot

Christus Shreveport-Bossier Health System said it will evaluate the safety of all of its campuses

1/17/2020


Presence of pan-resistant C. auris growing in New York

A total of 427 of 911 nationwide confirmed cases are found in New York

1/17/2020


Threats that could threaten disrupt security

Facilities managers must have resilience and security strategies to deal with disruptive new technologies

1/17/2020


Steps for effective emergency preparedness

Make sure your risk assessment and scenario planning are up to date and accurate

1/17/2020







Science teacher's experiment illustrates need for hand hygiene

Soap and water had positive results

1/16/2020


Designing for dementia patients

Access to nature can help orient older adults to time and place, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

1/16/2020


HVAC issues stall surgeries at Mo. hospital

Pinnacle Regional Hospital’s sterilization room didn’t have the right pressure, temperature and humidity

1/16/2020


Report says VHA spent $4 billion on new facilities with little oversight

The VHA supplies new medical facilities with startup funds for new staff, furniture, equipment, etc.

1/16/2020


A guide to winter roofing care

Roofs that are not properly cared for during the winter will bring unpleasant surprises when the weather warms.

1/16/2020


Door selection can impact infection control

Touchless doors can help stop the spread of germs and bacteria

1/16/2020







Pa. hospital criticized for 'systemic' failures

An investigation found unsanitary equipment, dirty linens on the floors

1/15/2020


Study: ICU patients’ hands carry pathogens

Hand hygiene important for patients as well as healthcare workers

1/15/2020


Choosing the right photo ID printer

There are many card printers on the market

1/15/2020


Regulations, Codes & Standards Q&A: Storage of flammable liquids (Part 2)

Brad Keyes discusses regulations for storage of flammable liquids

1/15/2020


Healthcare design trends in 2020s

Design professionals offer predictions for the upcoming trends and challenges

1/15/2020


Tips for life-safety and emergency prep in longterm care facilities

Start by looking at all possible risks

1/15/2020







‘Recent world events’ spark increased security at federal healthcare center

The Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago has closed all entrances except the main gate

1/14/2020


Detroit hospital gets bomb, shooting threats

Police say a psychiatric patient at the hospital made the calls

1/14/2020


Pa. hospital where preemies died didn’t sanitize breast milk equipment

State health department ordered Geisinger Medical Center in Danville to correct several deficiencies

1/14/2020


Missouri hospital ordered to stop performing surgery

Regulators conducted an inspection at Pinnacle Regional Hospital and cited it for sterile processing procedures

1/14/2020


The growing demand for transparency in all building spaces

To meet efficiency, optimization and carbon management goals, all the pieces of the puzzle must be considered

1/14/2020


Five hospitals' mold issues making headlines

A number of healthcare facilities have detected molds in their facilities over the past year

1/14/2020







Quake in Puerto Rico causes structural, power issues, but hospitals functional in hard-hit region

Earthquake killed at least one person and causing a power outage across the island

1/13/2020


Pediatric flu death toll highest in 17 years

CDC says 27 pediatric deaths have occurred so far this season

1/13/2020


The benefits of going paperless

The Raleigh General Hospital HR team decided they didn’t want to simply copy their current paper format. Rather, they decided to redesign how the files should be organized, not simply importing files as they were.

1/13/2020


Kaiser Permanente prepares for disasters based on experience

This year’s evacuation during a wildfire demonstrated significant improvements over previous efforts

1/13/2020


Selecting a photo ID system

Photo identification cards are an important part of healthcare facility security plan

1/13/2020


Study finds air quality can impact effectiveness of antibiotics

Bacteria that cause respiratory infections can be affected by air pollution

1/13/2020







Hospital installs hydroponic farm in cafeteria

The healthcare system is looking to install an additional farm at the hospital as well as one at its cancer center

1/10/2020


Strain B influenza appearing earlier than usual this flu season

Strain A usually occurs around late December and early January

1/10/2020


Abandoned Illinois healthcare facility to be retrofitted for senior, disability housing

The site of the former Copley Hospital will be undergoing a $110 million retrofit

1/10/2020


Geothermal delivers savings

Investment in geothermal technology drives its energy efficiency to the top of the list

1/10/2020


It’s time to update your collaboration spaces

Companies that offer flexible geographic, collaborative and high-tech work environments have reported their workers are happier and more likely to stay with that place of employment

1/10/2020


Preparing healthcare facilities for a disaster

Hospitals must maintain continuity of patient care

1/10/2020








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