Facility Operations

Atlanta coronavirus field hospital to be reopened

The facility was first turned into a 200-bed alternative care location in April

7/15/2020


Boston company offers to build ‘sanitization stations' for local healthcare workers

These temporary shower can be installed inside or outside workers' homes

7/15/2020


Mask-strapped healthcare facilities turn to mask-cleaning system

Issues with availability of materials is contributing to the shortages

7/15/2020


Disaster preparedness – considerations on cyber security and resiliency

Planning starts with the end result in mind, but along the way, there are other key goalposts

7/15/2020


6,500 dead from COVID-19 in N.J. nursing homes

Department of Health inspectors reported few issues

7/14/2020


Hospitals working to maintain PPE supplies before flu season

Hospitals are stockpiling personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, face shields and gowns

7/14/2020


N.H. nursing homes receive defective equipment from FEMA

In New Hampshire, 80 percent of the COVID-19 deaths have been residents of nursing homes

7/14/2020


Maryland healthcare organization ramps up pandemic preparedness

The University of Maryland Medical Center scrambled to find ventilators, create surge capacity

7/14/2020


Texas announces $9 million for nursing home infection control projects

Nursing facilities are encouraged to submit applications to the HHSC to receive the funding

7/14/2020


Hospital food service operators on front lines of coronavirus

Healthcare executive chef shares details of serving patients and staff during the pandemic

7/14/2020


Florida hospital ICUs hitting capacity

These hospitals were spread across more than 20 counties

7/13/2020


Housekeeper helps save COVID patient's life

Only healthcare workers and cleaning staff could have in-person interaction with the patient

7/13/2020


Enhanced safety measures initiated to make hospital patients comfortable about seeking care

Washington system established guidelines to ensure patients safety

7/13/2020


AI reduces hospital’s energy use by 20 percent

A system of multi-variant sensing for predictive controls of air-conditioning was used

7/13/2020


N95s urged for all inpatient COVID care

N95 respirators are better at filtering out aerosol generating particles

7/13/2020


Orlando’s VA Medical Center at Lake Nona updates digital infrastructure

Synergy opportunities between systems offer a growing number of conveniences and increased safety to patients, visitors and staff alike

7/13/2020


Federal records show healthcare workers’ pleas for better COVID protective gear

A third of the healthcare-related COVID-19 complaints remain open

7/10/2020


Research finds patients prefer off-campus healthcare

The trend is likely to continue for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19

7/10/2020


Mass. hospital temporarily closed following severe floods

Storm forced power outages and patient evacuations

7/10/2020


Hospital airflow crucial for infection prevention

There is a lot that can be done in indoor air management to decrease transmission of infections

7/10/2020


Flexible foodservice design key in healthcare

As trends shift, operators must keep up with menu innovations and remain adaptable

7/10/2020


What a second wave of Covid-19 could look like

A second wave during flu season could potentially overwhelm the healthcare system

7/9/2020


Arizona nursing homes preparing for another coronavirus surge

As the number of new coronavirus cases continues to rise, nursing homes are emphasizing frequent testing

7/9/2020


Adapting construction sites at healthcare facilities

Containment systems and anterooms can keep negative air pressure within the workspace and out of patient rooms

7/9/2020


COVID-19 increases use of microgrids in healthcare sector

There are still regulatory, awareness barriers to adopting systems

7/9/2020


Boston Hospital builds a Covid-19 forecasting system

Forecasting can be useful in times of uncertainty

7/9/2020


Enhancing healthcare facility security using mass notification

Mass notification systems can connect many devices and other systems healthcare facilities already have in place and help leverage them for safety and communication needs

7/9/2020


COVID-19 outbreak brings rising attacks on healthcare workers

There have been more than 400 reported global incidents of COVID-19-related violence

7/8/2020


Pandemic changing strategies for parking garages

Moving into the new normal of parking garage management

7/8/2020


Best practices for maintaining flooring during COVID-19

Flooring can often make or break the efficacy of even the most rigorous sanitation efforts

7/8/2020


LA’s motion picture home battles coronavirus despite precautions

Management stockpiled surgical gowns, N95 masks and gloves

7/8/2020


Pa. nursing home requires non-medical staff to assist nurses

Building maintenance staff and others are told to help with resident care

7/7/2020


N95 mask shortage still a problem

More than 20 states saw an increase in their daily average of coronavirus cases in mid-June

7/7/2020


Michigan won’t put COVID-19 patients in vacant facilities

But state officials set up a system in which infected residents are cared for in isolated areas of nursing homes

7/7/2020


Hospitals in San Antonio implementing no-visitor policy amid Covid spike

Visitors allowed for critically ill, laboring, pediatric patients

7/7/2020


Security fundamentals for temporary facilities

Six steps for effective security design and operation during an emergency

7/7/2020


Covid outbreak at Mass. veterans facility linked catastrophic decisions

Holyoke Soldiers' Home outbreak killed 76 vets

7/6/2020


Veterans’ home had ‘the opposite of infection control’

An independent report on the coronavirus outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home found wards with both infected and uninfected patients

7/6/2020


Healthcare facilities adjust practices based on supply shortages

Many facilities have started self-producing PPE and test materials and reprocessing respirators

7/6/2020


Pro hand-hygiene culture better than monitoring devices

Consistent and constant messaging and staff empowerment as key drivers of success, according to a study

7/6/2020


Masks, field hospitals seen as urgent preparations for second wave

Ontario Hospital Association also called for the Ontario government to give clearer advice about when people should wear masks

7/6/2020


Tips for hiring healthcare cybersecurity pros

Cybersecurity requires people from all backgrounds and majors

7/6/2020


Reopening onsite restaurants in healthcare facilities

A limited menu, eliminated seating and enhanced cleaning policies can help the transition

7/2/2020


There’s still a PPE shortage in Massachusetts

A second wave could bring situation to crisis level

7/2/2020


Honda, GM producing hand sanitizer for healthcare facilities

An apparatus designed to manufacture the electrodes used in the fuel cells has been repurposed

7/2/2020


Preparation for entering the next pandemic with copper and other automatic door solutions

It is critical for public spaces to implement solutions to prevent escalating virus spread as they re-open in the new normal

7/2/2020


The more cybersecurity changes, the more it stays the same

It is time for an evolution in cybersecurity that focuses on adversary disruption

7/2/2020


GEMA, Georgia National Guard moving makeshift hospital for potential second wave

Seventy-six beds will be set up in the Youth ChalleNGe Academy in Milledgeville

7/1/2020


The importance of FTEs for pandemic preparedness

Full-time employees and contractors must be determined on an environment-by-environment basis

7/1/2020


Improving mobile medical equipment security and safety with electronic access control

Take time to review existing best practices and embrace innovation

7/1/2020


Preparing facilities for reopening

Take time to review existing best practices and embrace innovation

7/1/2020


How hospital food service can improve patient experiences and outcomes

Food is fundamental to the human experience, and that’s doubly true for the patient experience

7/1/2020


California hospital suspends admission of non-Coronavirus patients after surge of staff cases

The facility has been preparing for this type of surge since the pandemic began

6/30/2020


Pandemic has greatly increased the use of telemedicine

Will it be the future of healthcare?

6/30/2020


FEMA paid company $7M for plastic soda bottles

Original order was for test tubes for COVID-19 testing

6/30/2020


Cleanroom requirements and classifications for healthcare facilities

Cleanroom facilities provide an essential barrier against the spread of contaminants and disease in the healthcare sector

6/30/2020


Assisted living facilities running low on PPE equipment

Many facilities said they have less than a two-week supply of specific PPE

6/30/2020


Healthcare facility environmental services managers share top concerns

Role of the environmental services department in patient care often underestimated

6/30/2020


California long-term care facilities build booths for visits

Families visit loved ones through Plexiglas during pandemic lockdown

6/26/2020


Long Island emergency staff wants more security after bomb scare

Two floors, including the emergency room, were evacuated in the incident

6/26/2020


Infection preventionists are preparing for COVID’s second wave

Part of the process are education and establishing plans

6/26/2020


R.I. hospital using disinfecting units to fight coronavirus

The units use disinfecting solution effective against COVID-19

6/26/2020


Battling COVID with a video camera

With the continued need for social distancing, hospitals are seeking ways to distance healthcare workers form contagious patients

6/26/2020


A sustained response to COVID-19 depends on key capabilities

Kaiser Permanente put together a checklist to manage a pandemic

6/25/2020


How can hospitals prepare for two disasters at once?

Coordination with emergency response agencies is key

6/25/2020


How access control technology is being used in the pandemic

Technology is being used to help eliminate common touch points, isolate infected patients

6/25/2020


Reducing HAIs with touchpoint disinfecting

EVS staff should focus their efforts on one of the most challenging areas to disinfect

6/25/2020


Implementing a healthcare data platform to promote high-value care

The global pandemic amplifies the day-to-day challenges of identifying gaps in care

6/25/2020


Unions say mask decontamination endangers healthcare workers

N95 respirators used by clinical workers are complicated safety devices and are meant to be disposable, according to an expert

6/24/2020


Pittsburgh company repurposing industrial masks to use against Covid-19

Elastomeric masks cost more upfront, but they can be cleaned and reused for years, with the filter replaced monthly

6/24/2020


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

Professional environmental services make a science of cleaning

6/24/2020


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

Professional environmental services make a science of cleaning

6/24/2020


Indiana hospital security guard shoots, kills patient and fellow guard during assault

Patient had attacked nurse and was choking guard that was killed

6/23/2020


Senior living facilities applying Covid’s infection-control lessons long term

Procedures have come under scrutiny during the pandemic

6/23/2020


The impact of blue light on patients at night

Light is critical to our health because it helps synchronize the biological clock that maintains our circadian rhythms

6/23/2020


Study finds educating cleaning staff lowers C. diff infections

Study suggests focusing on knowledge gaps, challenges and barriers

6/23/2020


What if hospitals face a hurricane and coronavirus at the same time?

COVID 19 has made storm preparations even more critical

6/22/2020


N.H. nursing home workers petition for COVID-19 stipends

Facility staff in Rockingham County want to be compensated as front-line workers

6/22/2020


How hospitals can prepare for a ‘new normal’

Hospitals are facing new challenges that have lead to technological innovations

6/22/2020


Healthcare facility design can impact infection control

Environmental services should participate in the design process

6/22/2020


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


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


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


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


Considerations for hospital and healthcare facility evacuations

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

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


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


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


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


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


Elastomeric masks may be an alternative N-95s

Elastomeric masks used with a P100 filter provides 99.97 percent respiratory protection

6/8/2020


Strategies for effective healthcare facility management in the time of COVID-19

To support healthcare workers and limit the spread of the virus in care facilities, the impact of identifying critical areas that need support such as HVAC, fire systems, security, and building automation systems is underestimated

6/8/2020


Many common cleaning products reported effective against COVID-19 virus

The researchers said the microbicidals ethyl alcohol, para-chloro-meta-xylenol (PCMX), salicylic acid; and quaternary ammonium compounds kill 99.9 percent of coronaviruses

6/8/2020


Drones are delivering medical supplies and PPE in North Carolina

It may be the longest-range drone delivery service that’s been approved in the U.S.

6/8/2020


CDC reports pandemic has killed close to 300 U.S. healthcare workers

More than 60,000 workers have been infected

6/5/2020


Maine healthcare facility switches to in-house security

The decision was made after an assessment of the physical environment

6/5/2020


Iowa manufacturer turns ceiling panels into intubation shields

The acrylic and polycarbonate sheets used were turned into medical equipment

6/5/2020


Products to fight COVID-19

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

6/4/2020


The key to an effective emergency plan

The program should address a range of emergencies

6/4/2020


How nursing homes can bolster infection control

Infection control in skilled nursing facilities has come under scrutiny

6/3/2020


Manufacturers and providers – Superheroes in fighting healthcare cybercrime

More and more medical devices are wirelessly connected to the Internet and also to healthcare facility networks and their respective sensitive devices

6/3/2020


How cloud-integrated robotics can make your budget and staff more efficient – choose to make a difference today

The U.S. healthcare system must look for opportunities to automate tedious tasks

6/3/2020


Cleaning strategies during coronavirus pandemic

Focus on cleaning and disinfecting common areas where staff and others providing services

6/3/2020


Banner Health launching virtual waiting room

COVID-19 is expected to bring changes to maintain social distancing guidelines

6/2/2020


Facilities could be liable if healthcare personnel test positive for coronavirus

If an employee tests positive for coronavirus they contracted while working, or they unknowingly brought the disease to work and infected others, employers can be held liable for a workers’ compensation claim

6/2/2020


HVAC considerations for healthy offices

HVAC and cleaning strategies can create emotional safety for workers

6/2/2020


Pandemic will change how environmental service teams operate

Before the pandemic, infection prevention in healthcare facilities focused on hospital-acquired infections

6/1/2020


How Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is working to keeping facility safe

The hospital is encouraging families not to delay needed care for their children

6/1/2020


Longterm care facilities face challenges battling Covid 19

One of these challenges is the continued struggle to keep PPE in stock

6/1/2020


Optimizing physical spaces for telehealth

In 2020 alone, experts predict virtual visits will soar to more than one billion, with more than 900 million visits related to COVID-19

6/1/2020


Creating an N95 mask disinfection facility for less Than $15,000

Health system is offering a free instruction manual

5/29/2020



Houston hospital installs touchless temperature cameras

The cameras can scan whoever crosses their path, alerting users instantly if an elevated temperature is present

5/29/2020


Cybersecurity not just a technology problem

Continual education and reinforcement of staff is key

5/29/2020


A million N95 masks is not what it used to be

In normal, pre-Covid-19 times, that would be a large supply. Now, not so much.

5/28/2020


Aspergillus mold discovered again at Seattle Children’s hospital

The hospital has had mold issues for nearly 20 years and has been linked to seven deaths

5/28/2020


Mattresses choices can help with COVID-19 infection control

Many healthcare facilities use porous mattresses that may allow the virus to enter the medium and contaminate them

5/28/2020


Resiliency can assure a safe environment of care

Energy resiliency remains the key factor in maintaining normal operations

5/28/2020


Cleaning for healthy workplaces during pandemic

Focus on cleaning and disinfecting common areas where staff and others providing services might come into contact with ill persons

5/28/2020


Equipment and environment need infection control attention

Coronavirus can remain on surfaces long after a patient infects a certain area or item

5/28/2020


Lessons From South Korea on the role of infection control in flattening the curve

South Korea has incorporated hospital infection control as a core component of its national COVID-19 containment strategy

5/27/2020


What labs can teach us about safely returning to offices

Research has shown that buildings with poor indoor air quality (inadequate ventilation, filtration or humidity control) can promote the spread of airborne bacterial or viral infections

5/27/2020


CDC says COVID-19 does not easily spread from contaminated surfaces

But it appears that the virus can spread from people to animals

5/27/2020


The CDC releases official reopening guidelines

Document came about two weeks after the White House reportedly tabled the guidelines

5/26/2020


N.C.’s pandemic medical shelter to go dormant but won’t be dismantled

The shelter can be made ready to take patients within four or five days

5/26/2020


Infection prevention and control in the hospitals of Wuhan

Shelter hospitals have higher risks of nosocomial infection than general hospitals

5/26/2020


Sustainable hospital design reduces environmental impact while improving performance

By focusing on details such as building orientation, sustainably-sourced materials, better water systems, and increased daylighting, architects can design hospitals that are mindful of the environment

5/26/2020


What Ghana has to teach US healthcare

The level of healthcare in Ghana is currently very low, whereas the level of healthcare in the U.S. is considerably higher, but they are facing the same concerns

5/26/2020


Hospital cutting food waste and cost

Providence Health trimming unnecessary food expenditures

5/26/2020


Hospitals use online matchmakers to exchange supplies

Online platforms have emerged to match hospitals that need masks, gowns and ventilators with those that have extras

5/22/2020


US says it won’t use Russian ventilators after deadly hospital fire

Russia stopped using them following a fire in a St. Petersburg hospital that killed five patients with Covid-19

5/22/2020


Nursing home won't allow granny cam in resident's room

Family asking for camera during Covid lockdown

5/22/2020


Hospital procedural change blamed for 6 nurses testing positive

Syracuse hospital told nurses it was no longer necessary to wear N95 masks and that surgical masks are enough

5/22/2020


Mastering the master planning process

Evolving market requires new master planning approaches

5/22/2020


Areas outside nursing home resident rooms key to infection control

Residents have frequent contact with staff and the environment outside of their rooms

5/22/2020


Documenting pandemic poses safety challenge

Photographer is documenting the coronavirus pandemic through the eyes of patients and staff

5/21/2020


20 years of closing hospitals in N.Y. hampers capacity during pandemic

State and healthcare leaders eliminated 20,000 hospital beds over the past two decades

5/21/2020


Clean energy microgrid built for Covid-19 hospital in migrant camp

Batteries combined with photovoltaics provide power for the pop-up clinic

5/21/2020


Illuminating the importance of emergency and exit lights

Facility managers should understand the role of emergency and exit lighting and the importance of maintaining these units

5/21/2020


Effective surface preparation key to successful painting projects

Managers who understand the importance of ensuring that workers perform effective surface preparation are more likely to produce successful applications

5/21/2020


Technology can boost hand-hygiene compliance by 45%

The study, originally featured in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) stated that hand-hygiene compliance rates provided by the traditional direct observation method did not accurately reflect baseline rates.

5/21/2020


Ventilator examined after fires kill six in Russia

Some of the ventilators have been sent to the United States, though not used

5/20/2020


Florida strengthens COVID-19 testing in longterm care facilities

The orders require nursing homes and assisted-living facilities to allow the Florida Department of Health into their buildings for infection control and conducting COVID-19 testing

5/20/2020


Wisconsin nursing home took aggressive steps to halt coronavirus

Autumn Oaks Assisted Living in Slinger once faced four active cases of coronavirus

5/20/2020


How to contain infection risk during hospital construction

Early discussion and risk assessment associated are key to minimizing the potential impact

5/20/2020


Impact of superbugs on infection control strategies

Currently, superbugs cause twice as many deaths in the U.S. as they did six years ago

5/20/2020


Experts suggest public restrooms and offices should be re-engineered to control infections

Hand washing can be useless if people have to touch unclean surfaces

5/19/2020


CMS draft guidelines for reopening nursing homes

Some industry officials and infection-control experts are worried that moving too fast could increase the risks

5/19/2020


Early planning of fire safety systems can saves time, money

Fire suppression and alarm systems, fire protection water supply and life safety features should be planned for before construction begins

5/19/2020


Hospital patients require better food service and it's improving bottom lines

Factors such as a general uptick in health conscious consumers have put food service on the front burner

5/19/2020



Hospitals struggle to restart elective care after shutdowns

Reopening will be difficult with the threat of more infection

5/18/2020


Pa. had plan to protect nursing home during pandemic that was never fully implemented

A more limited effort wasn’t activated until mid-April, long after major outbreaks had already taken hold

5/18/2020


Nursing homes, veterans’ homes are Covid-19 hotspots

Long-term care facilities are the overlooked epicenters of the pandemic.

5/18/2020


Legionnaires' plan: Prevent, detect, treat

Legionnaires’ disease remains a top priority in effective plumbing and restroom maintenance

5/18/2020


Location technology: The next investment for healthcare

Location-based security technology is a win for both staff and patients

5/18/2020



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