Facility Operations

Before flu season is a good time to review infection control procedures

When it comes to treating contagious and easily transmissible diseases healthcare providers are the first line of defense

10/22/2019


Patient burned in fire at Mich. ER

Fire investigators are looking into the incident and have listed it as suspicious

10/22/2019


New Jersey hospital addresses workplace violence with weapons screening

Virtua Camden emergency department also uses an amnesty box and signage

10/22/2019


Some VA healthcare centers told to improve cleanliness

Inspectors looked at 51 randomly selected VA health facilities across the country

10/22/2019


10 reasons why stainless steel products are the best choice for healthcare design teams and facility managers

Stainless steel products provide many functional and health benefits.

10/22/2019


Delivery drones may be becoming more common for hospitals

Federal regulators may be growing more comfortable with moving medical and commercial drone delivery

10/21/2019


Oregon hospital planning for resiliency

The hospital has considered a variety of methods for resilient alternative power

10/21/2019


Five-step roadmap to get healthcare disruption just right

Disruption in healthcare is something that we need, and to win at it, organizations need to move quickly to initiate changes and embrace new developments

10/21/2019


Swedish hospital reports patient showing signs of Ebola

The hospital has launched an investigation and isolated patient

10/18/2019


Exploring biggest maintenance challenges healthcare facilities

The focus of the maintenance team should be on creating an environment that continuously supports the best delivery of each of these priorities

10/18/2019


New Hawaiian hospital to have almost 500 security cameras

A new building for the state’s only psychiatric hospital is currently under construction

10/18/2019


California hospitals powered by generators during power outages

A total of 248 hospitals were located in areas where power was turned off

10/18/2019


California wildfires force four Kaiser Permanente hospitals to operate on generators

An outbreak of wildfires in the state prompted Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) to shut down power in some areas

10/17/2019


California wildfires can threaten community health

Wildfires increase the risk of respiratory distress, chronic disease and other ailments.

10/17/2019


Nursing home fire spurs evacuation

Three dozen patients moved to an alternative location

10/17/2019


Cool roofs can promote energy savings

By reflecting heat, and emitting absorbed heat, they keep building cooling costs lower

10/17/2019


The benefits of patient entertainment systems

Modern patient entertainment systems are a great way of putting patients first

10/17/2019


Flies a problem again in N.H. VA operating rooms

The Manchester (N.H.) VA Medical Center says three operating rooms have been closed out of an abundance of caution

10/16/2019


Thousands of building problems found at unusable Edinburgh hospital

The Sick Kids facility in Edinburgh will not be fully operational until next fall after last-minute safety concerns

10/16/2019


Selecting a high-performance HVAC system

Selecting HVAC means meeting the needs of a facility efficiently and effectively now and into the future

10/16/2019


DC hospital goes three week without running water

Contractors flushed the hospital's water system with chlorine

10/15/2019


Virginia VA hospital lost track of $1.8 million of equipment, supplies

They were in an unmarked second-floor storage room and a warehouse basement

10/15/2019


Water efficiency can boost facility resilience

As building owners and facility managers plan and prioritize capital improvements, resilience during extreme weather, power interruptions, and other events has become a priority

10/15/2019


C. auris outbreak spreads in nine Calif. healthcare facilities

A single introduction at a healthcare facility in southern California led to more than 180 colonized patients

10/15/2019


EPA developing a new strategy for testing hospital disinfectants

The APEP will replace the Antimicrobial Testing Program

10/15/2019


Patient at Michigan hospital diagnosed with Legionnaires'

Beaumont Hospital is providing bottled water and continues water testing

10/14/2019


Developing a comprehensive utility-failure plan

The partnership between a facilities/engineering staff and the emergency management staff is critical

10/14/2019


Fire protection program essentials include education

Precautions, education and protection can help keep facilities safe

10/14/2019


3 Alabama hospitals freeze admissions after ransomware attack

The hospitals are working with federal authorities and its IT staff, vendors and consultants to restore its system

10/11/2019


Healthcare facilities cybersecurity risks complex

Nonprofit hospitals face greater risks from cyberattacks than any other sector

10/11/2019


Michigan State University finds Legionella in diagnostic lab

Levels of Legionella bacteria were detected in a cooling tower at the university’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

10/11/2019


3 infants dead after bacterial infection at Pa. hospital

The hospital said all of the babies had been born prematurely

10/10/2019


Pseudomonas and legionella bacteria found in D.C. hospital water

Hospital expected to be without potable water for at least a week

10/10/2019


Man shoots stepdaughter, self in Illinois hospital parking lot

Elmhurst Hospital was placed on lockdown as a precaution

10/10/2019


San Francisco hospital cuts food waste with on-demand service

Hospitals waste two to three times more than other food service sectors

10/10/2019


Nursing home kitchens alleged in 'horrible' condition

An investigation found food safety problems

10/9/2019


Developing career opportunities for EVS can improve department

Environmental services is the first line of defense against infection

10/9/2019


Is solar power a good Investment for your building?

Solar is making more sense on both owned and leased buildings

10/9/2019


Many healthcare facilities are developing command centers

Examining and tracking tens of millions of data points, pieces of equipment and people is a great challenge, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

10/8/2019


VA Medical Center increases security, but won't add metal detectors, after shooting

It's been six months since a veteran and double amputee opened fire inside the West Palm Beach VA Center

10/8/2019


Singapore healthcare facilities work to protect patients from haze

Some ventilation systems are fitted with HEPA filters

10/8/2019


Avoiding winter equipment problems

Maintenance, inspection and training are key

10/8/2019


Dogs a new tool against C. diff.

Dogs are being used to sniff out the bug

10/7/2019


California hospital resumes elective surgeries after mold issues

Mold was discovered in a room used to sterilize surgical equipment

10/7/2019


After active shooter, hospital develops emergency communication network

The hospital is implementing a communications platform that connects staff throughout the facility

10/7/2019


Uberization of healthcare: Data activation to bring the future of healthcare today

Uber shook the industry up with its core value of promoting consumer-centricity

10/7/2019


Managing hospital visitors with video intercoms and visitor management systems

Current security-industry best practices call for a combination of video intercoms and visitor management systems

10/4/2019


Norovirus outbreak highlights infection control challenges

Researchers stress importance of strict infection control measures

10/4/2019


Los Angeles hospital halts surgeries because of mold

Hospital will be unable to perform surgery and many other medical procedures for an estimated two weeks

10/3/2019


California's ingredient transparency law may lead to safer cleaners

New law takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020

10/3/2019


Infographic: Controlling HAIs

CDC's recent report on HAIs emphasizes the need to “develop a new normal” when the rate HAIs is limited and unusual

10/3/2019


Study: Hand-washing better at killing flu than sanitizer

Hand-washing is better even without soap

10/3/2019


Facilities department has a role in lean management

Implementing continuous improvement, standardization can benefit maintenance and engineering

10/3/2019


Parking a crucial part of patient experience

Healthcare administrators can be challenged when it comes to providing their customers and employees with adequate, efficient parking, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

10/3/2019


Proposed Wisconsin bill would increase penalties for assaults on nurses

The current penalty for assaulting a nurse is a fine of up to $10,000, up to nine months in jail, or both.

10/2/2019


More engaged healthcare foodservice workers don't lead to more satisfied patients

Research finds employee engagement doesn’t have a significant impact on patient satisfaction or turnover

10/2/2019


Infection control issues seen at ambulatory surgery centers

After an OIG report, 77 percent of ambulatory surgery centers had at least one violation, and 25 percent of them had serious deficiencies

10/2/2019


Stem cells destroyed after freezer fails at Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Fifty-six patients, some with cancer, lost stem cells

10/1/2019


IoT leverages existing systems to effect operating efficiencies

Actionable data drives value across organizations

10/1/2019


VA regional director on leave after dying Georgia veteran found covered in ant bites

VA announced a series of changes at the assisted-living facility

9/30/2019


Survey: Campuses embracing access control, lockdown solutions

Nine in 10 respondents say they have adopted new or improved lockdown/shelter-in-place policies and procedures

9/30/2019


Vermont hospital uses trailer as temporary laundry solution

Copley Hospital searching for a new healthcare linen vendor

9/30/2019


Cost of data breaches most in healthcare industry

Data breaches in healthcare sector almost double that of the global average

9/30/2019


Plastic piping can offer savings, flexibility

A range options for new construction and renovation offer flexibility, cost efficiency and easy installation

9/30/2019


Montreal hospital to spend $4.5 million on security upgrades

A range options for new construction and renovation offer flexibility, cost efficiency and easy installation

9/30/2019


WHO raises concerns over possible unreported Ebola cases in Tanzania

Tanzania has not shared ebola tests so they can be validated at an outside laboratory

9/27/2019


Bahamas clinic loses staff, power and water — stays open

A massive generator was eventually delivered by the Dutch navy

9/27/2019


Report: Children's hospital's cabling could trigger fire

The issue comes after claims that the hospital had serious drainage and ventilation problems

9/27/2019


Kaiser Permanente earns EPA green energy award

The award recognizes a renewable energy agreement that will enable the system to become carbon neutral in 2020

9/27/2019


Tips for medical device cybersecurity

Device cybersecurity called the biggest challenge hospitals face today

9/27/2019


N.Y. hospital restricts access due to bedbugs

Glens Falls Hospital restricts Cancer Center's outpatient area

9/26/2019


Plumbing strategies to reduce HAIs

Bacteria lurking in the plumbing pipes and fixtures can contribute to HAIs

9/26/2019


Environmental service department leaders urged to embrace change

Change and innovation are at the forefront in healthcare

9/26/2019


Should facility laundries 'own' infection prevention textiles?

Infection prevention microfiber textile products should no longer be purchased and owned by environmental services, article says

9/25/2019


Outsourcing: Going from 'housekeeping' to 'environmental services'

Professional environmental services make a science of cleaning

9/25/2019


Some Ga. hospitals replace color-based emergency codes with plain language

The use of plain language emergency alerts is recommended by federal agencies

9/25/2019


What should be included in a networked lighting controls system?

The anatomy of an advanced lighting controls system can seem tricky

9/25/2019


What should be included in a networked lighting controls system?

The anatomy of an advanced lighting controls system can seem tricky

9/25/2019


Hospitals urged to cooperate to beat hackers

Security frameworks and threat intelligence sharing already exist

9/25/2019


Candida auris cases approaching 800

There have been 769 confirmed and 30 probable cases

9/24/2019


Wyoming hospital cuts services because of hacker attack

Campbell County Memorial Hospital, a 90-bed hospital was still operating

9/24/2019


Technology helps makes Stanford Hospital safer, more efficient

New facilities features lots of high-tech, but some older systems still remain

9/24/2019


Laundry operations need to balance caregiving, cleanliness, costs

Choosing equipment depends on a variety of factors

9/24/2019


U of Chicago moved patients before nursing strike

Pediatric patients in the ICU were moved to other hospitals

9/23/2019


Candida auris found at Brooklyn nursing home

There have been 881 confirmed cases in N.Y. with nearly 200 deaths

9/23/2019


Climate control efforts can support healthy environment during healthcare construction

Mold, microbes and other airborne particles can be introduced into the environment

9/23/2019


The ups and downs of elevator services: A primer on contract negotiations

With the right contract negotiation strategies—and thorough knowledge of the elevator industry—hospitals can maintain high-quality elevator service and save money

9/23/2019


Some hospital cleaning methods can

Spores grow on gowns, other surfaces

9/23/2019


4 more Legionnaires' cases at Illinois senior facility

There are now 12 confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease have been reported at Batavia facility

9/20/2019


Ant infestation at Georgia veterans facility is being investigated

Lawmakers want to know why Veterans Affairs officials did not react more quickly

9/20/2019


80,000+ Kaiser workers may strike in October

Housekeepers are among the jobs affected by the picket lines

9/20/2019


Innovation, automation and a 21st Century end-user experience: Aligning expectations with reality

It is incumbent upon IT partners to narrow the gap that exists between reality and expectations

9/20/2019


Focusing on bond prevention is one sustainable snow strategy

Implementing best practices when using deicers can help keep surfaces clear

9/20/2019


Deadly fungus must spur big changes in infection control

Expert says the best way to prepare for Candida auris is to really examine the culture around infection control in the nursing home

9/20/2019


Nursing homes feeding Candida Auris

Cleaning up America's nursing homes should be a priority

9/19/2019


Hospital employee killed after Ohio man crashes truck into ER

The medical center was closed due to structural damage

9/19/2019


Healthcare delivered in a damaged hospital, field hospitals and pop-up clinics in the Bahamas

It was estimated that 90% of equipment and supplies – and all the hospital beds – in Rand Memorial Hospital on Grand Bahama Island were damaged

9/19/2019


California hospital disaster planning conference dealing with new normal

What were once rare or infrequent events have now become regular occurrences in California

9/19/2019


Cybersecurity still possible on a tight budget

A good information security plan can be affordable

9/19/2019


No injuries after tornado hits South Dakota hospital

Dozens of buildings were damaged or destroyed, trees torn up and power lines downed

9/18/2019


N.J. hospital administrator charged with bringing gun onto grounds without permission

The incident occurred during an 18-month reform plan instituted after an outside consultant found widespread problems at New Jersey's psychiatric hospitals

9/18/2019


Regulations, Codes & Standards Q&A: Delayed egress locks

Brad Keyes discusses regulations for delayed egress locks

9/18/2019


Blockchain technology in healthcare market to hit $1.6 billion by 2025

Healthcare organizations continue to be the subject of attacks by hackers seeking access to patient data for resale on the black market

9/18/2019


Door selection can impact infection control

Touchless doors can help stop the spread of germs and bacteria

9/18/2019


When Dorian hit, Fla.’s generator requirements were not enforced

Following Hurricane Irma, Florida changed its regulations to require backup generators and enough fuel to maintain comfortable temperatures

9/17/2019


The critical condition of hospital power

Load bank testing for hospital generators is a crucial industry requirement.

9/17/2019


Overcrowding at Irish hospitals leading to co-ed wards

Patients also waiting on gurneys for the next empty bed

9/17/2019


Cladding to be removed at Oxford's Churchill and Children's hospitals

The wrong materials were used at the two healthcare facilities

9/17/2019


Strategies for water conservation

Water audits and leak-detection technology can help managers curtail facility water use

9/17/2019


Bahamas healthcare facilities struggle to deal with decomposing bodies after Dorian

Bahamas’ only functioning public hospital expects the death toll would be 'staggering,' and two refrigerated, 40-foot trucks would be needed

9/16/2019


Houston hospital declares 'internal disaster' after water main breaks

Declaring a systemwide internal disaster helped manage ambulance and patient volume

9/16/2019


Creating a successful healthcare facility management partnership

Misperceptions can hamper a partnership with an FM service provider

9/16/2019


Cancer patient forced to stop chemo early because of rare hospital infection

Three children had contracted infections while being treated for cancer at Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

9/16/2019


Electrostatic sprayers can help control infections, save time

Machines allow janitors to sanitize and disinfect high touchpoints every day

9/16/2019


Dog to join Washington hospital security staff

The canine officer was added to help deter violence

9/13/2019


Greener healthcare facilities could mean lower healthcare costs

Healthcare facilities can generate a massive amount of waste and energy use

9/13/2019


Acoustics: The hidden risk for mission critical data centers

Focusing on assessment, specification and implementation allows managers can streamline installation and enhance access control

9/13/2019


Key steps to boosting facility security

Focusing on assessment, specification and implementation allows managers can streamline installation and enhance access control

9/13/2019


Best practices for cleaning, disinfection

Cleaning, disinfecting critical to prevention of hospital-acquired infections

9/13/2019


When computers crashed, one Milwaukee hospital turned away ambulances

At least four patients, including one who was having a life-threatening heart attack, were turned away

9/12/2019


Hospital staffers move babies to safety in 'mini ICU on wheels' ahead of hurricane

Three teams of drivers, respiratory nurses and therapists from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta drove to a pair of hospitals in Savannah

9/12/2019


Long-term care residents moved to safer ground ahead of Dorian

More than 380 people were evacuated from North Carolina long-term care centers

9/12/2019


Cybersecurity is a top safety issue for healthcare facilities

Cybersecurity was listed behind severe weather and active shooter incidents

9/12/2019


Mayo Clinic Health Systems Austin temporarily offers valet parking

Construction at the hospital took away some handicap spots

9/11/2019


Report: Healthcare devices are becoming more vulnerable to cyberattack

Forty percent of the devices medical professional are using are IoT devices

9/11/2019


Four cases of Legionnaires’ confirmed at Illinois retirement facility

Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Batavia is being investigated

9/10/2019


Hospitals are being rebuilt for stronger storms

The resilience of hospitals is especially important for areas that only have one major medical center

9/10/2019


Family sues healthcare center after man dies during Hurricane Harvey

Suit alleges one of its properties was poorly prepared for the storm

9/10/2019


Stopping cold drafts in their tracks

Suit alleges one of its properties were poorly prepared for the storm

9/10/2019


Children's mental health facility designed for connecting with nature

The Reach Out Centre for Kids focuses on the link between natural development and the close relationships children share with the living, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

9/10/2019


Rural hospital staff had to go to Dollar General for supplies

Surgeries were allegedly delayed because of a lack of supplies

9/10/2019


Doctor brings 'Solar Suitcases' to hospitals without reliable power

We Care Solar is a nonprofit that distributes Solar Suitcases

9/9/2019


Ebola outbreak surpasses 3,000 cases

The second-largest, second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has exceeded 2,000 deaths

9/9/2019


Dorian forces more than 100 Florida healthcare facilities to evacuate

Facilities moved patients and residents to other facilities and buildings inland

9/9/2019


Maintaining sidewalks and parking garages requires a comprehensive, strategic approach

Hardscape components need a comprehensive program that helps technicians address small problems early

9/9/2019


Cybersecurity responsibility shared by entire healthcare supply chain

Increased use of connected medical devices and software and wireless technology have made health systems more vulnerable

9/9/2019


Space Coast hospitals, nursing homes prepped for Dorian

The emergency management coordinator for Brevard County started daily conference calls with local hospital systems last week

9/6/2019


Former Georgia hospital security director charged with stealing guns, money

Security director at DeKalb Medical accused of stealing more than 90 guns, $20,000

9/6/2019


Hundreds of Florida nursing homes didn’t meet requirements ahead of Dorian

Eldercare facilities remain under scrutiny two years after Hurricane Irma

9/6/2019


FDA says healthcare facilities should use safer scopes

Agency suggests companies make disposable versions

9/6/2019


CDC report: More than 750 C. auris cases in U.S.

The number of confirmed cases hit 725 (with 30 more probable) as of June 30

9/5/2019


Finding security solutions in healthcare spaces

More facilities are transitioning from traditional keys to smart technology

9/5/2019


Woman assaults security officer while trying to abduct child at Pa. hospital

The patient at Lancaster General Hospital took a 4-year-old from her mother

9/5/2019


Shoddy IT infrastructure invites hackers

Hackers are attracted to hospitals with rapid adoption of IT

9/5/2019


Looking to design a new space? Key considerations in AV technology

Audiovisual technology can be used within a building infrastructure to simply manage routine needs

9/4/2019


Florida hospitals install electronic paper patient and room information displays

Hospitals can display information without the glare and blue light of a typical LCD screen

9/4/2019


Securing patients' medical information

Unless your staff is trained and vigilant, all your security precautions might be for nothing

9/4/2019


Blockchain technology holds potential of transforming healthcare sector

Blockchain offers better confidentiality of patient information alongside quick access to required data

9/4/2019


Dogs in Vancouver hospital can sniff out C. diff

The dogs identified C. diff on medical equipment and in linen carts, hospital beds, waiting areas, and staff lockers

9/3/2019


Healthcare industry accounts for 70 percent of occupational violence

Nurses and other healthcare workers are more likely to face workplace violence than police officers and prison guards

9/3/2019


California hospital closes labor and delivery unit because of mold

The hospital discovered the mold July 18 in a nutrition room

9/3/2019


Often overlooked "un-washable” surfaces in healthcare facilities harbor bacteria

The system will generate 2.4 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean, renewable power per year

9/3/2019


Tips for hiring healthcare cybersecurity pros

Cybersecurity requires people from all backgrounds and majors

9/3/2019


Water coolers banned from Scotland's hospitals due to infection risk

Action has been taken because of the potential for bacteria to grow in the nozzle and the water bottle if not routinely used

8/30/2019


Safety issues at Florida VA hospital linked to patient suicide

Cameras the hospital was required to have on the unit for patient safety reasons hadn't worked in three years

8/30/2019


CHPs a smart solution to combat increasing blackout risks facing healthcare facilities

Many healthcare facilities aren’t properly prepared for what is increasingly becoming a more recurrent threat

8/30/2019


Healthcare workers don't like hand-hygiene monitoring, but it works

Survey responses revealed negative attitudes about the system

8/30/2019


Planning lighting systems in healthcare facilities

With planning, managers can ensures the success of maintenance and upgrades of plumbing systems

8/30/2019


When disaster strikes, FEMA money is available to hospitals that file quickly

Hospitals often don't file for the funds because they're unaware of what can be reimbursed and there is only a 30-day window to apply

8/29/2019


Immediate feedback helps with electronic hand hygiene monitoring systems

Systems with immediate feedback perform slightly better.

8/29/2019


South Bend hospital police named best in the state

The Memorial Hospital police department started five years ago with eight officers and has grown to 15

8/29/2019


New behavioral health unit installs durable lighting with architectural touches

Robust lighting that could withstand high levels of abuse while trying to minimize the institutional look of fixtures was installed

8/29/2019


Balancing security and access in healthcare facilities

Certain challenges are unique to healthcare facilities

8/28/2019


Patient sues Illinois hospital after contracting Legionnaires’

The suit alleges the hospital didn’t take proper precautions following a previous outbreak

8/28/2019


Planning plumbing systems in healthcare facilities

With planning, managers can ensures the success of maintenance and upgrades of plumbing systems

8/28/2019


‘Smart hospitals’ are on the horizon

These buildings perform functions like a medical practitioner

8/27/2019


Hospitals working to meet the challenge of seismic safety

Being able to ride out a major quake and remain operational doesn’t come cheap

8/27/2019


Personalize heat to match the space

Keeping occupants of a facility warm and comfortable is a year-round priority

8/27/2019


Case study: The prescription for EMI New York City

The operating room of a major hospital in New York City is free from the effects of EMI

8/27/2019


The maintenance staff has a role in infection prevention

Facility professionals are constantly moving throughout the facility and may be able to spot potential problems

8/26/2019


Candida auris now one of the world's most feared hospital microbes

New research suggests higher temperatures may have led to an increase in infections

8/26/2019


Mission: Revamp Healthcare 2019 — Top policies this year to reimagine healthcare

One of the greatest challenges in healthcare is keeping up with the changing landscape

8/26/2019


Big data start-ups set to change healthcare

Healthcare is a sector which relies heavily on data and relay of information, so naturally there are lots of companies springing up

8/26/2019


C. difficile strain evolving to live in hospital rooms

A subset of Clostridium difficile bacteria is on the verge of becoming a new species

8/23/2019


Security catches woman trying to kidnap toddler from N.Y. hospital

The suspect allegedly took a stroller with a two-year-old inside and fled St. Joseph’s Hospital

8/23/2019


Rhode Island hospital employees to get panic buttons

Contract with Our Lady of Fatima Hospital addresses concerns around safety

8/23/2019


Maintaining sidewalks and parking garages requires a comprehensive, strategic approach

By developing inspection guidelines for common causes of problems, managers can extend the performance life of concrete components

8/23/2019


Massachusetts hospital deploys security video management software

Massachusetts General Hospital has 1,300 security cameras recording around the clock

8/23/2019



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