How to curb the spread of airborne and surface contaminants

Building’s mechanical systems can support occupant health

6/19/2020


Lessons learned in pandemic offer opportunities for change

Telehealth became more common with significant advances in the last 10 weeks

6/19/2020



Improving facility door security as crime risk increases

Door can have vulnerabilities that can be exploited

6/19/2020



Cleaning machines may be smart investment for healthcare facilities

It is important that floor-cleaning machines be employed whether or not an imminent threat is already present

6/19/2020







Purdue University startup creates bedside hand-washing system

Project Process created a portable bedside sink

6/18/2020


Pennsylvania orders stricter COVID-19 protections for hospital workers

The measures include staff members in housekeeping services, dietary services and maintenance

6/18/2020


Free Webinar June 25: Integrated Healthcare Facilities Infrastructure

Learn how to create a safer, more productive, and energy-efficient Environment of Care

6/18/2020


VA not prepared for second virus wave

Agency says it lacks adequate medical gear

6/18/2020


Sanitizing, stockpiling and communication helps keep nursing home stay COVID-free

Some of these steps happened before the U.S. entered its lockdown phase

6/18/2020


Environmental survey shows how HAIs often start

The researchers sampled 179 sites including sink traps, pulse oximeters, and door handles

6/18/2020


Keeping patients safe in major hospital renovations and expansions

Insight on best practices learned from Houston Methodist project

6/18/2020


FDA updates rules on cleaning N95 masks

Some made In China should not be reused

6/17/2020


What hospitals can learn from the Parkview Medical shutdown

The good news is COVID-19 is not resistant to disinfectants

6/17/2020


Children in care at risk for coronavirus

Many have been locked down since late February facing isolation with strict social-distancing measures

6/17/2020


Regulations, Codes & Standards Q&A: Dead-bolt lock on closet door

Brad Keyes discusses regulations for a dead-bolt lock on closet door

6/17/2020


Environmental services technician certification proves its worth

Certification also helps decrease infection rates in hospitals

6/17/2020



Protecting healthcare facilities from drones

There continues to be a sharp increase in uses for drones - both positive and negative

6/16/2020


Reliable power source key during pandemic

In some countries, 25 percent of health clinics lack electricity

6/16/2020


N.Y. initiative boosts cleaning in longterm care facilities

Daily, discharge cleaning show improvements

6/16/2020


Alabama doctor invents hand-sanitizer-dispensing wristband

The device could be helpful in combating illnesses commonly spread by hand, such as the flu, the common cold and food poisoning

6/16/2020


How healthcare facility design can improve patient well-being

Exposure to daylight and acoustical and thermal comfort are key

6/16/2020







Pop-up grocery stores popping into healthcare facilities

Foodservice company is converting existing retail space at healthcare facilities into 'pop-up' grocery stores to serve frontline healthcare workers

6/15/2020


COVID-19 challenges us to rethink clinical workflow

Changes in the healthcare industry are placing greater importance on the point-of-care ecosystem

6/15/2020


Considerations for hospital and healthcare facility evacuations

Facilities should incorporate elements of an evacuation plan, with logistics and alternatives

6/15/2020


Joint Commission to resume regular surveys and reviews this month

Surveys and reviews will come with some changes to protect safety

6/15/2020


Healthcare design can help prevent infection spread in restrooms

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for better design in restrooms

6/15/2020







Coronavirus complicates hurricane planning

Storm shelters have to be designed for social distancing

6/12/2020


Cal/OSHA issues guidance for protecting healthcare employees from COVID

The agency has also issued a guide to California’s Aerosol Transmissible Disease (ATD) standard

6/12/2020


WHO says there’s a second outbreak of Ebola in Congo

Country already battling COVID-19 and measles

6/12/2020


Avoiding the hidden costs of environmental services staff injuries

Environmental services work-related injuries usually involve either exposure to harmful contaminants or musculoskeletal disorders

6/12/2020






COVID-19 would complicate hospital evacuations

The University of Texas Medical Branch has been training to deal with a complex disaster during a COVID-19 flare up

6/11/2020


CDC updates COVID guidance for assisted living communities

The update provides recommendations on infection reporting, visitor restrictions and group activities

6/11/2020


Tackling difficult carpet stains

When an accident occurs, it is vital to clean bodily fluids from floors immediately and with caution

6/11/2020


Chatbots are reshaping the way COVID-19 ERA healthcare facilities and hospitals connect with patients

Tools that allow self-service customer response techniques are more important than ever

6/11/2020


Survey finds almost 75 percent of campuses use multiple emergency notification systems

But this total represents a drop since the last survey

6/11/2020


Top healthcare facility renovation pain points

The project timeline must be carefully managed to avoid disruptions in patient care

6/11/2020







Minneapolis hospital cancels surgeries over safety concerns

Emergency procedures continued but other surgeries were postponed

6/10/2020


North Carolina using drones in Covid-19 response

Novant Health received a temporary waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly the drones

6/10/2020


Healthcare facilities urged to redefine their culture

Establishing a career path and offering continued development is important

6/10/2020


Regulations, Codes & Standards Q&A: Medical gas system testing frequency

Brad Keyes discusses regulations for medical gas system testing frequency

6/10/2020


HEPA containment systems for isolation rooms

Because the ductwork is protected by the filter, there is a reduced risk of a potential contagion spreading in the ceiling service spaces

6/10/2020


Resilient design for healthcare facilities about more than disasters

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

6/10/2020







Minneapolis healthcare facilities damaged during recent protests

Equipment was taken and windows smashed

6/9/2020


Georgia student creating COVID-19 protective equipment

The equipment is made using a water-jet machining process

6/9/2020


Nursing home workers face risks during coronavirus

A third of Covid deaths in the U.S. have been in longterm care facilities

6/9/2020


Kaiser Permanente releases guidance on bringing back employees to the workplace

The playbook was made in response to requests from the health plan's customers

6/9/2020


COVID-19 increases importance of hand hygiene

Proper hand hygiene training called the number one way to reduce the spread of illnesses and viruses

6/9/2020


Environmental services' role goes beyond cleanliness

EVS professionals can impact patient satisfaction

6/9/2020








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