Facility Operations

The important role your facilities team plays in patient care

Beyond first impressions, elements of the physical environment continue to play a critical role in patient satisfaction for the duration of their stay

2/20/2018


Reducing cross-contamination risk in healthcare facilities

Environmental cleaning specialists offer tips to help control infections

2/20/2018


Woman claims OK hospital bathroom was infested with bugs

Hospital staff cleaned the shower with bleach after being alerted to the bugs

2/20/2018


Fake paramedic found wandering the halls of Royal Adelaide hospital

Incident represents a major security breach for the newly opened Australian hospital

2/20/2018


Bed bug histamines persistent in infested areas

New research suggests bed bugs are a medically important threat

2/16/2018


Supporting staff during a healthcare facility downsizing

As the healthcare landscape transforms, organizations face reengineering initiatives, restructurings, redundancies and downsizings

2/16/2018


W.Va. healthcare facility postpones surgeries due to sterilization issues

Cabell Huntington Hospital found residue on equipment and surgical trays

2/16/2018


Deadly ‘superbug’ fungus may be spreading

Number of U.S. patients infected with Candida auris has climbed to 200

2/16/2018


Report surveys Texas hospitals on Harvey-related issues

Texas Hospital Association analyzes Texas hospitals' disaster response before, during, and after Hurricane Harvey and difficulties they faced, notably in security

2/16/2018


Hospitals cancel surgeries after cracks found in operating room walls

The closure comes just over a week after dust contamination also closed the surgery area

2/16/2018


Managing healthcare facilities' airborne pathogens

The air is the source of more than one-third of nosocomial infections

2/15/2018


Healthcare facility infrastructure: The first step in patient safety

Having an intelligent infrastructure in place can help create healthier, better outcomes for patients and their families

2/15/2018


Report examines Texas hospitals' hurricane response

The Texas Hospital Association released a special report on the disaster response

2/15/2018


Seamless flooring for low-dust environments

Airborne particles are home to an incredibly diverse population of dust-residing microbes, including not only bacteria and viruses, but also fungi, algae and protozoa

2/15/2018


Tips for medical device cyber security

Device cybersecurity called the biggest challenge hospital face today

2/15/2018


$4.1M project to cut Conn. healthcare facility energy, water use

Efficiency services agreement (ESA) project with is expected to reduce its energy and water use by more than 20 percent

2/15/2018


Resident's death at Wisconsin memory care facility raises security questions

Patient froze to death in December after wandering outside the facility

2/14/2018


Are biofilms from hospital shower pipes harmful?

Some new bacteria with characteristics of species known to be harmful were seen

2/14/2018


Colorado nursing home cited for residents' violence

Residents grabbed, kicked, bit and punched staff members

2/14/2018


Improvements for Missouri veterans homes urged

Report says facilities should encourage staff to report problems

2/14/2018


Hospitals using mobile units, tents to manage flu cases

Units are used to treat patients and free up beds

2/13/2018


Hospital plumbing a playground for superbugs

Drains can be loaded with dangerous bacteria

2/13/2018


Healthcare workers protesting 32 hospitals in California

More than 55,000 Kaiser Permanente employees in California are members of SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West

2/13/2018


Best conditions for Legionella bacteria growth

Warm tap water with dissolved organic matter supports the growth of biofilms

2/13/2018


Norovirus outbreak among security staff suspected at Olympic Games

The South Korean military has been deployed to cover

2/12/2018


Hospital toilet flushing can spread pathogens

Study shows particle concentrations before and after the flush were significantly different

2/12/2018


Winter Olympics will have robots to do the cleaning

The robots will assist athletes, clean venues, provide translation and even ski.

2/12/2018


Evacuating a hospital in the middle of a wildfire

ASPR interview examines emergency actions during California disaster

2/12/2018


Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Optimizing the chiller plant delivers operational efficiencies and beats expected cost savings

2/12/2018


Hospitals enforce stricter visitation rules during bad flu season

Flu activity in the U.S. has increased for 10 weeks in a row

2/9/2018


S. Korea prepping for potential disease outbreaks at Olympics

Study shows particle concentrations before and after the flush were significantly different

2/9/2018


How to prepare your facility for a nuclear attack

Current events have brought preparations for a nuclear disaster to the forefront

2/9/2018


Hospitalizations for flu nearing 10-year high

The overall hospitalization rate was 51.4 per 100,000 population for the week ending Jan. 27

2/8/2018


7,000 Winnipeg healthcare workers merge union chapters

The new collective includes workers at longterm care homes, community clinics, the Health Sciences Centre, and Grace, Concordia and Seven Oaks hospitals

2/8/2018


Hospital cancels surgeries due to dust mess

A layer of dust was reported to be on the floor of operating rooms requiring the area to be deep cleaned

2/8/2018


N.H. healthcare facility boosts security after shooting

The improvements include five additional full-time security positions and bulletproof vests for security officers

2/8/2018


Calif. hospital cafeteria workers and housekeepers strike for better pay and benefits

The workers are employees of Sodexo, which the hospital's operator contracts with at several California healthcare facilities

2/8/2018


Florida nurse's flu rant goes viral

Nurse: 'There is a cesspool of funky flu at the E.R. right now'

2/7/2018


Colorado hospital suspends surgeries due to sterilization problems

Process at Aspen Valley Hospital compromised

2/7/2018


Air source heat pumps gaining ground

Reduced carbon emissions and reduced installed cost are creating a huge demand

2/7/2018


Atlanta hospital opens mobile ER to handle flu overflow

Grady Memorial Hospital ER normally sees 400 patients a day but the number has grown to above 500

2/6/2018


Air filters focused on efficiency

Advances in air filter efficiency and performance standards offer more potential benefits for organizations and occupants.

2/6/2018


Woman missing from Ohio nursing home for 8 hours found dead from cold

Door alarm designed to prevent wandering did not work

2/6/2018


Apple app may mean the end of the healthcare facility fax

With iPhone Health app, patients will soon be able to download and view health records on their phones

2/6/2018


Healthcare facilities taking extra precautions this flu season

Clinics staff members are cleaning bathrooms with microbacterial disinfectant after each patient

2/6/2018


Flu season also taking financial toll on hospitals

Hospital costs are expected to spike because of lower reimbursement rates

2/5/2018


Tips for an energy-efficient light design

By employing energy-conscious lighting design, facilities can reap significant cost savings and reduce their environmental footprint

2/5/2018


W.V. healthcare facility providing own security personnel

A staff of 28 security officers is replacing contract service providers

2/5/2018


Defective wiring suspected in South Korea hospital fire

Fire killed dozens and injured more than 150

2/2/2018


Restroom design working to keep healthcare facilities healthy

Restrooms in healthcare environments are the perfect storm for the spread of infectious disease

2/2/2018


Nurses union lauds violence reduction plan

Nova Scotia Nurses Union is happy with the progress being made toward reducing violence against healthcare workers

2/2/2018


Former hospital guard charged in patient’s death doesn't see wrongdoing

Prosecutors say guards used excessive force to restrain patient ultimately causing a fatal neck injury

2/2/2018


Shooting at St. Louis hospital spurs debate on armed security guards

A patient wielding knives at Barnes-Jewish Hospital was shot to death

2/1/2018


Green cleaning in a senior care setting

Is 'green cleaning' and 'sustainability' the same thing?

2/1/2018


Internet of medical things expected to transform healthcare

The IoMT can help monitor patients,alert caregivers and give healthcare providers data needed to identify issues before they become critical

2/1/2018


CDC says deadly flu season has a way to go

Based on the latest data, the flu season may not have peaked yet

1/31/2018


Before Nebraska hospital is demolished, former workers share stories

The Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center building will come down after crews remove asbestos before the final demolition

1/31/2018


CMS to investigate University of Maryland hospital after patient dumping

A video of a woman discharged in her hospital gown went viral on Facebook

1/31/2018


Healthcare facilities need disaster recovery plans for EHR security

Having a current backup plan and contingency plan are federal requirements under the HIPAA Security Rule

1/30/2018


Tips for upgrading, replacing healthcare facility equipment

With multiple systems, a proactive planning process is critical

1/30/2018


Staff: Two assaults by patients at Manitoba hospital within an hour show 'something has to be done'

The assaults happened at the locked forensic psychiatry unit at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg

1/30/2018


Developing a water management program

The impact of Legionnaires' disease is particularly dangerous in healthcare facilities

1/30/2018


California wildfires tested hospitals' disaster plans

There is more pressure for hospitals to be prepared even though many lack the resources and funding to upgrade their disaster plans

1/30/2018


Healthcare facilities slammed by flu treating patients in tents

Hospitals are asking staff to work overtime, setting up triage tents, restricting visitors and canceling elective surgeries

1/29/2018


Milwaukee hospital employees suspended for leaving homeless patient in cold

Staff discharged a mentally ill homeless man clothed in only a hospital gown and scrub pants

1/29/2018


Integrative design plus early commissioning role prevent building performance problems

Lessons from past projects should inform new designs

1/29/2018


New safety concerns rise at Montreal hospital

The Montreal General Hospital reports more violent incidents involving patients and visitors than any other acute-care hospital in Quebec

1/29/2018


Benefits of maintenance planning and scheduling

It can be difficult to justify a full-time MPS position, but you should be able to justify the function

1/29/2018


Super Bowl LII to impact hospital access in Minneapolis

Road closures make it difficult for patients to reach Hennepin County Medical Center

1/26/2018


Securing your healthcare data in 2018

Should your patients trust you with their data?

1/26/2018


Texas hospital evacuated after gas leaks from sewer line

Patients and staff at Baylor Scott & White Emergency Center were cleared from the building

1/26/2018


Chicago hospitals dealing with worst flu season in a decade

Hospitals stocking more hand sanitizer and implementing stricter visitor policies

1/25/2018


Calif. healthcare facility ED has bedbug emergency

Kaweah Delta staff and a pest control company treated the emergency department and surrounding areas

1/25/2018


Can a different approach to printer security benefit facilities management?

Hospitals have seen an 11 percent increase in print post implementation of EHRs

1/25/2018


IoT technology integrator helps medical device company meet FDA requirements

Establishment Labs must balance safety and regulatory compliance with rapid product development

1/25/2018


UPMC Pinnacle changing environmental, food service vendor

Switch will affect more than 450 workers

1/25/2018


Judge orders new superbug trial for Olympus

Court said manufacturer didn't properly disclose safety concerns

1/24/2018


Low water pressure forces closures for New Orleans hospitals

Several healthcare facilities in the New Orleans area closed after losing water service amid freezing temperatures

1/24/2018


NFPA developing minimum requirements for active shooter response

National Fire Protection Association fast-tracking a new standard designed to better prepare facilities for active shooters

1/24/2018


White paper explores how flooring impacts patient care

Noise levels can affect healing, reduce efficiency

1/24/2018


How the government slowed flu response

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention furloughed staff

1/23/2018


Indiana health system pays $47,000 ransom to unlock patient data

Hackers logged into a remote access portal using a third-party vendor’s username and password

1/23/2018


Attention to roof inspections, maintenance can help prevent leaks

Regular inspections and maintenance are critical to keep roofs in good condition

1/23/2018


Sword-handled umbrella sparks lockdown at Seattle-area hospital

Man's umbrella was mistaken for a rifle

1/22/2018


Document storage systems: Embracing the documentation paradigm shift

One of the most important features of any DMS used in the healthcare setting is that it is HIPAA compliant at every interaction point

1/22/2018


NHS launches emergency plans after cleaning contractor collapses

Extra staff sent to six major hospitals to ensure cleaning, maintenance and catering services keep operating

1/22/2018


Maintaining a reliable and efficient HVAC system

Understanding long-term goals and specific upgrade components can help

1/22/2018


The benefits of managing healthcare operating expense with a CMMS

This critical healthcare system gives HTM professionals the ability to proactively manage work requests, inventory items, and assets, which in turn can improve patient care and reduce operating costs

1/19/2018


Understanding lighting codes and standards

Guidance from ASHRAE, Title 24 and LEED will affect project planning, as well as longer-term savings and performance

1/19/2018


Deer crashes through window at S.D. healthcare facility

Doe had a broken back right hoof but officials think it will be OK

1/18/2018


Penn. healthcare facility installs tri-generation energy center

Lancaster General Hospital invested $28 million in energy upgrades

1/18/2018


Hospital-based sleep labs moving toward disposables

Shift linked to increased focus on hospital infection control

1/18/2018


OSHA finds no violations after N.H. healthcare facility workers were sickened

Authorities responded to the hospital on the morning of Aug. 11 after several employees in the operating room department began feeling dizzy

1/18/2018


CDC back-burners nuclear war prep to focus on the flu epidemic

Briefing on preparation for nuclear war postponed

1/17/2018


State judge denies link between forced-air warming and infection

Minnesota lawsuits that allege that the Bair Hugger forced-air warmer caused deep joint infections are dismissed

1/17/2018


Joint Commission will now cite individual hand-hygiene failures

Hand hygiene is widely considered to be the most important intervention for preventing hospital-acquired infections

1/17/2018


Baltimore hospital apologizes after security guards leave discharged patient on street in hospital gown

Hospital system is talking to everyone who came into contact with the woman

1/16/2018


Legionnaires’ risk can't be eliminated at Illinois VA home

13 people have died of Legionnaires’ disease at Quincy healthcare facility

1/16/2018


Ham radio operators train to help healthcare facilities, others in disasters

Operators take classes on operating in a hospital

1/16/2018


Healthcare facilities weigh in on weather safety for employees

Some hospitals offer sleeping accommodations, food and other essential items.

1/16/2018


Noisy ORs can put patients at risk

Excessive noise can be distracting to healthcare providers

1/16/2018


Health system moves food service beyond tray line

Diet clerks virtually track nutritionals as the patients place their order, guiding them through their options

1/16/2018


Minneapolis hospital develops emergency plan for Super Bowl

Road closures around the stadium will affect routes ambulances take to Hennepin County Medical Center

1/15/2018


How hospitals safely dispose of infectious fluid waste

Proper waste disposal practices are a crucial part of a safe working environment

1/15/2018


Top application security threats

Although social media apps have revolutionized the healthcare industry and changed the way patients and providers interact, they also have opened new avenues for risk

1/15/2018


Healthcare facilities use various methods to keep dementia patients safe

Studies suggest that the unexplained absence of a nursing home resident is one of the most challenging issues for facilities

1/15/2018


Oregon hospital lauded for infection-control efforts

Portland Business Journal named Samaritan Albany General Hospital the least infected facility among 61 hospitals in the state for 2016

1/12/2018


New hospitals bring new tech challenge

The tech crews at OSF HealthCare face a formidable challenge of simultaneously replacing the entire IT systems at two hospitals

1/12/2018


Fresno VA facility tested for Legionnaires'

Residents, staff and visitors at the Veterans Home are getting bottled water

1/12/2018


Cyberattack takes down New York hospital’s computer systems

Jones information technology experts partnered with IT professionals from the University of Rochester, Noyes, and St. James hospitals

1/12/2018


Select an HVAC system for a healthcare facility

Energy efficiency is also critical in choosing the best system

1/12/2018


Office workers at Scottish health board redeployed to hospital cleaning due to flu outbreak

NHS was swamped by an outbreak of flu and respiratory illness

1/11/2018


Recent and ongoing outbreaks listed

Regions of the United States have experienced outbreaks caused by bacteria and viruses in recent months

1/11/2018


Healthcare IT trends in 2018

Welcome to the age of affordability in healthcare

1/11/2018


Geisinger Health removes sugar-sweetened beverages from campuses

Geisinger food service locations will no longer sell regular soda, sugar-added fruit juices, sugar-sweetened teas, sugar-added energy drinks, bottled sugar-added iced coffee drinks and flavored milks

1/11/2018


N.Z. hospital stops frozen-meal program due to safety concerns

Tokoroa Hospital has stopped selling meals to the community, made from the surplus food cooked for patient meals

1/10/2018


How to respond to a healthcare data breach

The cause is as important as the solution

1/10/2018


Takeaways from online security summit

Event explored active shooter response, weather plans and lockdowns

1/10/2018


CDC to issue guidance to prepare for nuclear war

Hospital disaster planning has shifted to preparing for mass casualties

1/9/2018


Boston area healthcare facilities were prepared for storm

Hospitals opened rooms so staff could stay overnight

1/9/2018


2017's worst healthcare data breaches

Data show hundreds of incidents in the past two years, affecting tens of millions of individuals

1/9/2018


Building energy modeling can help build an HVAC plan

Modeling systems can help facilities reach optimal efficiency

1/9/2018


Most US cooling towers contain Legionella bacteria

Study finds Legionella bacteria is percent in 84 precent of towers

1/9/2018


Amtrak derailment emergency response went well

Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia drills two to three times a year on its disaster response

1/9/2018


Remembering Ebola two years later

Are healthcare facilities prepared for another outbreak?

1/8/2018


Healthcare facilities leading way in climate change prep

Hospitals are recycling, turning off lights and computers, planting trees in the community, and buying Energy Star-certified equipment

1/8/2018


Healthcare facilities looking at new ways to reduce noise

Hospital noise is a growing concern for patients, family and staff

1/8/2018


New Orleans healthcare facility deploys infection-fighting robots

The robots can destroy deadly pathogens and multi-drug resistant organisms

1/8/2018


Infections are common in nursing homes, punishment is not

Repeat citations are common, fines are rare

1/8/2018


Tesla helps Puerto Rico hospital retain power

Company donates photovoltaic system

1/5/2018


Study explores microbial colonies in ORs

The microbial concentration influences surgical site infection rates

1/5/2018


French survey shows patients happy with care but not the food

Hospital food was identified by the study as one of the main areas requiring improvement

1/5/2018


Building energy modeling can help build an HVAC plan

Modeling systems can help facilities reach optimal efficiency

1/5/2018


Key points in mass-casualty disaster planning

Many facilities overlook this type of emergency

1/5/2018


London Hospital allows horse to visit patient before Christmas

Horse's box was parked in an ambulance bay and the horse rode the elevator up 13 floors

1/4/2018


Mayo workers who went on one-day strike back to work in a week

Mayo officials said they had to fulfill a one-week contract signed with replacement workers

1/4/2018


Los Angeles County adds recuperative beds to help homeless

Two-hundred fifty new beds brings the total to 432

1/4/2018


Spanish hospital wins battle with two superbugs

From July to October 2015, the infection control team identified a surge in cases of patients infected or colonized with OXA-48-PE or MRAB.

1/4/2018


Belfast children's hospital cited for water safety problems

A series of failings have been uncovered at Northern Ireland's regional children's hospital

1/4/2018



Cleveland Clinic moving toward carbon-neutrality

Health system planning renewable energy purchases, continued energy efficiency

1/3/2018


Hospital's HVAC upgrades benefit from in-house expertise

Maintenance and engineering managers know they can’t monitor what they don’t measure

1/3/2018


Study says thinking about germs makes people concerned about their appearance

Findings suggest that the possibility of contagion activates the 'behavioral immune system'

1/3/2018


Seniors expected to shake up facility food service

Study identifies five ways tomorrow's seniors could affect foodservice offerings

1/3/2018


Spokane healthcare facility sued after 85-year-old woman falls in construction zone

Woman walked past an empty nurses station, through an unlocked door and fell into a construction pit

12/29/2017


Nashville VA deploys germ-zapping robots

Studies have found the VA to be more aggressive at controlling infection rates than other large hospital systems

12/29/2017


Building conditions cause most services to be cut at Kitty Hawk healthcare facility

Despite repairs, facility issues were ongoing.

12/29/2017


Mayo OKs visible body art for staff

Currently, employees must keep their tattoos covered

12/28/2017


Chicago hospital nurses say violence isn’t monitored

Informal survey found that one in three nurses were kicked or hit

12/28/2017


How hospitals use energy

Energy efficiency and patient satisfaction intersect in healthcare facilities

12/28/2017


Several challenges expected to shape healthcare IT in 2018

Three areas of uncertainty will have implications for the information systems

12/28/2017


Canadian healthcare energy costs down, but spending is up

Government hospital funding is up by 59 percent

12/28/2017


'Appalling' Adelaide mental health unit closed

Unit of Lyell McEwin Hospital in Australia called 'appalling and unsafe'

12/28/2017


The right communication can improve patient satisfaction

Infographic charts key patient touchpoints

12/27/2017


How to fund and implement high-touch digital signage

Digital signage can help a healthcare facility reach varied audiences

12/27/2017


Penn State healthcare facility CHP plant expected to save $2.5 million a year

The plant is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 44,000 tons per year

12/27/2017


Eight cybersecurity tools your healthcare facility needs today

Many companies are simply not investing enough in IT security, despite the obvious threats

12/27/2017


Eliminating the environment from the infection equation

Mother says she informed hospital staff of the boy's allergies

12/22/2017


Maryland hospital attributes success to giving IT staff independence

Union Hospital of Cecil County encourages IT 'adventures'

12/22/2017


LED lighting can save lives, energy in hospital parking garage

Reston Hospital is expecting an 81 percent reduction in annual energy consumption

12/22/2017


Inquest probes boy's death of severe food allergy reaction in hospital

Mother says she informed hospital staff of the boy's allergies

12/22/2017


UK healthcare facility admits health and safety failing after Legionnaires death

The Royal United Hospital has admitted to a breach of law

12/22/2017


AAP revises infection control guidelines for ambulatory settings

The guidelines include updates on issues including hand washing and cleaning and safety procedures

12/21/2017


Dealing with C. difficile in healthcare facilities

Newer technologies include dried hydrogen peroxide

12/21/2017


Curtailing facility water usage can aid sustainability efforts

Florida Blue put its corporate social responsibility pledge into practice five years ago by setting ambitious goals to reduce water and energy use and increase recycling

12/21/2017


Nanotexturing on stainless steel creates bacteria-killing spikes

An electrochemical etching process creates a nanotextured surface

12/21/2017



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