Facility Operations

Johns Hopkins evacuated due to possible TB exposure

A small amount of the tuberculosis bacteria may have been released while being transported

7/16/2018


Energy upgrades could save NHS 260m pounds annually

New research says the NHS trusts spend around £500 million a year on energy

7/16/2018


Blackout interrupts surgery at the women’s and children’s hospital

Non-urgent ambulance arrivals were diverted to two other facilities and 13 elective surgeries were postponed

7/16/2018


Boosting healthcare facilities' cybersecurity

Cybersecurity spending increased by nearly $74 billion in 2016

7/16/2018


Report finds healthcare lagging in cybersecurity protocols

The healthcare industry is one of the lowest performing industries in terms of endpoint security

7/16/2018


Environmental decontamination key to infection control

Surfaces that are clean and adequately disinfected are also a legal requirement

7/13/2018


New energy facility at London hospital expected to save 6,000 tons of carbon a year

The project is also guaranteed to save the hospital £1m per year in energy bills

7/13/2018


Designing healthcare facilities to curb violence

If nothing else, EDs should be designed in such a way that security staff can cordon off the entrance and access to the rest of the facility

7/13/2018


Gatesville hospital reopens after explosion

Texas Fire Marshals finish on-site forensic examination of the Coryell Memorial Hospital

7/12/2018


The key to healthcare emergency management: Facility managers

The emergency manager’s ability to leverage facility management knowledge and expertise determines success or failure in an emergency response.

7/12/2018


Prevention is better than cure when dealing with cyber threats

Cybersecurity designed for corporate environments don't address the requirements of the healthcare industry

7/11/2018


Damage-free sign labels for hospitals and research labs can support safety efforts

Customizable sign labels for interim life safety measures – can be removed cleanly from most surfaces, reducing repair and repainting

7/11/2018


Building envelope considerations for sustainable healthcare

Using smart glass can reduce glare, solar heat gain and nocturnal light trespass

7/11/2018


Fla. senior care facilities working to comply with new generator law

New state law requires nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators that can power air conditioning systems

7/10/2018


Addressing energy waste in the HVAC system

Smart building controls enable managers and technicians to uncover and address energy waste

7/10/2018


Eight cybersecurity tools your healthcare facility needs today

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

7/10/2018


Energy innovative supports sustainable healthcare design

The focus on energy efficiency has created shift in how healthcare buildings are designed, built and operated

7/10/2018


Ohio healthcare facility announces five-year sustainability plan

The plan has a range of social, environmental and economic goals divided into eight categories

7/9/2018


Bosnian hospital awarded grant for energy efficiency

The Zenica Cantonal Hospital is the second largest polluter in the city after the local steelworks

7/9/2018


Focusing on health and wellness in sustainable healthcare facilities

Nutritional foods and nurturing outdoor spaces are important features in sustainable healthcare design and operation

7/9/2018


Eliminating ligature risks in healthcare settings

Patient suicide ranks among the top three sentinel events, according to The Joint Commission

7/9/2018


Health system moves food service beyond tray line

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

7/9/2018


Cancer center to pay $4.3m for three data breaches

Breaches blamed on stolen laptop, thumb drives

7/6/2018


Survey suggests security cameras do make campuses safer

The majority of hospital, K-12 and higher ed campuses have security cameras

7/6/2018


Safety alert after NHS patients choke on hash browns and peas

Patients allegedly given foods like hash browns and peas when they should have been on a special diet

7/6/2018


Assisted living facility installs water-, cost-saving toilets

San Francisco-based facility was experiencing complaints from both tenants and maintenance staff alike regarding clogged toilets throughout the facility

7/6/2018


Eight cybersecurity tools your healthcare facility needs today

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

7/6/2018


Trump rule could stop public reporting of hospital infections

Under the new rule, the CMS Hospital Compare website won't show the infections or safety measures

7/5/2018


Hospital explosion linked to bled gas lines

Gas lines in the boiler room may have been bled

7/5/2018


Fighting environmental infection in long-term care facilities

Thorough facility-wide cleaning and disinfection is often the first line of defense

7/5/2018


Philadelphia hospital creates police drop-off lane for gunshot victims

Philadelphia is one of the few cities where police take stabbing and shooting victims to hospitals

7/3/2018


Check out this special supplement to Healthcare Facilities Today

Supplement includes stories on energy efficiency, lighting and infection control

7/3/2018


C. diff. cases fall 36 percent in Canada's hospitals

Improvements in infection-control measures, such as frequent hand-washing and more frequent, intense cleaning of hospital facilities in the last decade may have contributed

7/2/2018


Hand-washing monitor can help reduce hospital infections

Healthcare workers wear a badge that shows different lights that can let them know if their hands are properly sanitized

7/2/2018


Officers cleared in California hospital shooting

Officers fired six rounds at a man who shot through a glass door with a rifle and entered the hospital

7/2/2018


Is liquid soap safer than a bar?

The answer is no, according to a Q&A on The New York Times website

7/2/2018


Tips for hiring healthcare cybersecurity pros

Cybersecurity requires people from all backgrounds and majors

7/2/2018


Inspection reveals unsanitary conditions at Memphis VA

Soiled furniture and dirty air ducts where food is prepared were found

6/29/2018


Healthcare cyberthreat reports increasing

In the first six months of 2018, there were 154 breaches reported to the Office for Civil Rights

6/29/2018


New Lifestyle Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga adds engaging installations

How do you get a firetruck on to the 3rd floor of a hospital? Not through the elevator.

6/29/2018


Private firm hired to organize hospitals' patient move

New Sydney hospital 'more like a hotel'

6/29/2018


Water tank reports at many NYC hospitals show serious issues

Rust, muck and pigeons cited at facilities

6/28/2018


Fewer hospitals report zero infections

More than 30 percent of hospitals reported no MRSA infections in 2016, compared with about 15 percent in 2017

6/28/2018


Most healthcare facility infection control practitioners doubt their laundry systems

Seventy-two percent say would not wipe their drinking glass with a freshly laundered hospital mopping pad or wipe

6/28/2018


Inmate climbs through Alabama hospital ceiling to escape

Inmate was taken to the hospital after he claimed to have swallowed a razor blade

6/27/2018


Threatening incident at birthing center renews security concerns

Though a nurse felt threatened by a visitor, no one activated an emergency alert that triggers a hospital-wide response

6/27/2018



Check out this special supplement to Healthcare Facilities Today

Supplement includes stories on energy efficiency, bathrooms and security

6/27/2018


Missouri hospitals built to withstand tornadoes

Healthcare system says it has toughened safety requirements for construction

6/26/2018


Study finds better IT security doesn’t deter cyberattacks

Institutional factors found to play the biggest role

6/26/2018


Chattanooga healthcare facilities ready for Ebola possibility

Staying abreast of what's happening in the world to know what could potentially come into the hospital is key

6/25/2018


Healthcare facility renovation addresses patient experience

The hospital had begun sorting waste at a third site

6/25/2018


Slashing energy consumption

Infographic illustrates nine ways healthcare facilities can be more energy efficient

6/25/2018


Combating workplace violence

RWJBarnabas Health is taking a stand against workplace violence at its hospitals and clinics

6/25/2018


Healthcare data breach: What to know about them and what to do after one

Three steps you can take to protect yourself and minimize the damage

6/25/2018


Hospital says CMS star rating system has been wrong for two years

Rush University Medical Center found that instead of evenly weighting the eight measures in the safety of care group, the ratings formula relied heavily on one measure

6/22/2018


Managing medical records: A guide for facilities and providers

Document management technologies can adjoin these competing philosophies and practices for the better, especially as it pertains to managing medical records

6/22/2018


Wisconsin healthcare provider opening cafeteria for free summer meals for kids

Gundersen Health System in LaCrosse is serving noon meals to kids who play in area parks

6/22/2018


Leapfrog opposes CMS roll back of quality reporting measures

Leapfrog says removing the measures from IQR will hurt patient transparency

6/22/2018


Arizona woman claims she found bed bugs in daughter's hospital room

The daughter is being treated at Banner Desert Hospital in Mesa

6/22/2018


Canadian province scraps plan to privatize hospital food services

Instead, task force to recommend how to make food services more efficient

6/21/2018


FCC rate review holding up subsidies to rural healthcare facilities internet bills

The rate review came after the $400 million dollars for rural health care programs across the country ran out

6/21/2018


NFPA offers a risk assessment checklist for active shooter situations

Guidance includes tips on information officials should be gathering during building risk assessments

6/21/2018


Avoiding the hidden costs of environmental services staff injuries

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

6/21/2018


Terminal cleaning checklist systems only as good as the list

When executing the terminal cleaning of hospital rooms, a checklist is a standard tool to guide the cleaning staff

6/21/2018


How to play a role in greening your facility

Designed to eliminate improper management, USP <800> provides standards for the safe handling of hazardous drugs to minimize the risk of exposure to healthcare personnel, patients and the environment.

6/21/2018


Investigation finds bone, blood, bugs on Colorado hospital surgical tools

Denver’s Porter Adventist Hospital investigated after alleged sterilization breach

6/20/2018


Solid-state refrigeration: A better, construction-free path to USP <800> compliance

Designed to eliminate improper management, USP <800> provides standards for the safe handling of hazardous drugs to minimize the risk of exposure to healthcare personnel, patients and the environment.

6/20/2018


ASHE survey looks at monthly elevator testing

Input on additional regulatory requirements also sought

6/20/2018


Understanding the role of Chief Security Officer

The Chief Security Officer (CSO) is the executive responsible for the organization's entire security plan

6/19/2018


Healthcare facility environmental services managers share top concerns

Role of the environmental services department in patient care often underestimated

6/19/2018


Pediatric flu death toll highest in nearly a decade

Flu killed 172 children between October and May

6/18/2018


Students design talking exam room

University of Miami's School of Architecture students design tech-embedded wall

6/18/2018


It's hurricane season!

What you need to know to plan, predict and prepare

6/15/2018


Hospital security changed after 1998 baby abduction

Florida maternity wards now have multiple layers of protection

6/15/2018


Don't overdo medical waste disposal at healthcare facilities

If staff knows what medical waste actually is, a skilled nursing facility can save time and money

6/15/2018


Command centers can help health systems improve patient experience

Health systems face growing capacity challenges and patient experience suffers when access is limited

6/15/2018


Phoenix VA inspection reveals safety issues

Phoenix VA hospital was 'ground zero' for a national crisis in veterans healthcare

6/14/2018


UC San Diego hospital cited for dirty surgical equipment

'Immediate jeopardy' declared at UC San Diego’s Hillcrest campus

6/14/2018


Buffalo nursing home death raises safety questions

Man's fall from window is the second violent death at the facility in as many years

6/14/2018


Embattled Wis. hospital gets 7 more citations for routine violations

UnityPoint Health-Meriter in Madison received seven citations in its third inspection

6/14/2018


Rhode Island passes surgical smoke law

Surgical teams will have smoke-free ORs

6/14/2018


How do hospitals prepare for hurricanes?

When it comes to hurricanes, evacuations are usually possible, but what about patients in hospitals who don't have the ability to leave?

6/14/2018


Study says asymptomatic C. diff. carriers key source of HAIs

About 19 percent of healthcare-related Clostridium difficile cases at a VA facility were linked to asymptomatic C. diff carriers

6/13/2018


Cleaners can harm plastic surfaces over time

Use of some cleaning products could harm medical devices

6/13/2018


Fax machines alive and well in some doctor’s offices

Regulations and technological limitations and stubbornness get much of the credit

6/13/2018


Physicians say Mississippi children's hospital has 'pervasive mold and cockroaches'

Exit of 30 physicians from Batson Children's Hospital has sparked litigation, accusations

6/12/2018


After Chicago hospital shooting, officials look at lessons learned

It was the second shooting on hospital grounds in less than a year

6/12/2018


Another body found in San Francisco General hallway

Police investigating another unexplained death of a woman on the grounds of San Francisco General Hospital

6/12/2018


Nursing home investigated after patient falls from window

87-year-old man dies after fall from third floor

6/12/2018


FDA issues guidance on preventing surgical fires

The US Food and Drug Administration recommends safe use of medical devices and products commonly used during surgical procedures

6/12/2018


Key elements for hospital active shooter response program

NFPA standard advises healthcare facilities

6/11/2018


Long-term care facilities need consistent, effective cleaning processes

Properly cleaning and disinfecting resident rooms and common areas can help reduce disease transmission

6/11/2018


A dose of innovation boosts security at Israeli hospital

The $100 million underground facility is battle-tested

6/11/2018


Most Florida nursing care facilities not ready for hurricane season

Only 48 nursing homes and 91 ALFs have reported they have installed equipment and had state site inspections

6/8/2018


Two Kentucky hospitals had more MRSA infections than almost all others in the U.S.

The University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital and Norton Healthcare in Louisville each had 40 MRSA bloodstream infections between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017

6/8/2018


Hand-washing technology can reduce germs in healthcare restrooms

Healthcare establishments (hospitals, clinics, and doctors' and dentists' offices) cause 41 percent of Americans to have the highest level of germ concerns tied to hand washing

6/8/2018


Flexible foodservice design key in healthcare

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

6/8/2018


Patient at Pa. hospital slashes security officer with light bulb

The patient was attempting to escape a locked unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest

6/8/2018


No foul play found in San Francisco General Hospital death

State Health Dept. investigating security issues

6/7/2018


Power outage halts elective surgeries at Illinois hospital

Essential services continued with emergency generators

6/7/2018


State AGs against ‘rollback’ of nursing home oversight reforms

17 attorney generals against rollback of reforms meant to prevent nursing home patient abuse, fraud and neglect

6/7/2018


What should LTC facilities do after triclosan hand soaps banned?

On Dec. 20, manufacturers can no longer manufacture and distribute triclosan antibacterial handwashes for the healthcare market

6/7/2018


Deputies reportedly precluded from searching S.F. hospital stairwell for missing woman

Body of a 75-year-old woman missing nearly two weeks was discovered in a power plant stairwell

6/6/2018


Visitor says she was bitten by bedbugs at Columbus hospital

Woman claims she was bitten as she waited for her friend to recover from surgery

6/6/2018


FDA issues update on agency’s response to Ebola outbreak

FDA using global networks to support international response efforts

6/6/2018


Namibian healthcare 'spotless' after national cleanup

Roads, schools, clinics, hospitals and open-spaces at villages, towns and cities were spruced up in the campaign

6/6/2018


Staff compliance, fast updating are key to healthcare facility cybersecurity

American Health Information Management Association developed a list of best practices

6/6/2018


U.S. hospitals monitoring Ebola situation in Africa

An outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has led to a reported 58 cases and 27 deaths

6/5/2018


Patient in Washington diagnosed with Legionnaires while receiving treatment at UWMC

The patient is on a cancer unit in the University of Washington Medical Center

6/5/2018


Study finds sharps containers do not contribute to C. diff spread

The study was published in the American Journal of Infection Control.

6/5/2018


Healthcare artificial intelligence market to record a CAGR of 40 percent over 2017-2024

U.S. to prominently drive the regional compound annual growth rate

6/5/2018


Montana's state hospital updates emergency policies

A complaint led to an investigation finding fault in how the state hospital responded to emergencies

6/5/2018


Ohio healthcare facility drills for an active shooter incident

The first step is to lock down the hospital and issue a code yellow

6/5/2018


CDC issues update on Ebola outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises healthcare providers in the U.S. to continue to get travel history from patients

6/4/2018


Revealing the true cost of patient care

New cost accounting strategies and tools

6/4/2018


Green roofs attract more than good feelings and LEED points

There are a number of ways to keep pests to a minimum

6/4/2018


Florida nursing homes say they're ready for hurricane season

Fatalities in South Florida last year have prompted change

6/4/2018


California hospital union workers to get raises of up to 42 percent

Workers at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital & Medical Center will get a series of raises

6/4/2018


Antimicrobial copper gaining popularity in healthcare facilities

The copper continuously kill 99.9% of infectious bacteria

6/1/2018


Tips to reduce healthcare facility's environmental footprint

Healthcare produces 7 percent of Australia’s carbon emissions and hospitals produce about half of it

6/1/2018


Survey says: Most hospitals aren't ready for mass tragedy

Nine out of 10 ER doctors say their hospitals aren't fully prepared for major disasters or mass tragedies

5/31/2018


New Florida emergency nursing home power rules now the law

Law enacted after 12 patients at a Hollywood Hills rehabilitation center died in the heat after Irma

5/31/2018


Closing the loop on medical device cybersecurity

To protect themselves and their patients, healthcare facilities must embrace a holistic, lifecycle approach to connected medical device cybersecurity

5/31/2018


Hospital cutting food waste and cost

Providence Health trimming unnecessary food expenditures

5/31/2018


IoT security is critical to healthcare

Traditional cybersecurity sometimes lapses when it comes to the IoT

5/31/2018


Does biohazardous waste get a label or a bag?

Incorrect waste segregation and labeling are among the most common violations for healthcare facilities

5/30/2018


Hawaii State Hospital announces new facility, security features

The hospital plans to build a new $140 million facility with 16-foot high security walls and enclosed courtyards

5/30/2018


Seattle hospital upgrades communications system

Valley Medical Center is expanding deployment of secure communication system

5/30/2018


Hospital food can carry MRSA, VRE

The study shows one or more food specimens were positive for pathogens

5/30/2018


Reusable medical scopes harbor bacteria after cleaning

More than 70 percent of scopes tested positive for bacteria

5/29/2018


Boston hospitals prepare for tragedy

Healthcare facilities' tactics include large-scale drills

5/29/2018


VA expands telehealth regulations

The Department of Veterans Affairs is expanding its reach into more remote areas

5/29/2018


Follow-up finds more violations for embattled Wisconsin hospital

More than 30 new violations were found at UnityPoint Health - Meriter

5/29/2018


Va. health system works to improve cleaning protocol uniformity

Sentara Healthcare recently initiated a campaign to assess the practices used to clean patient rooms

5/29/2018


How worried should U.S. be about Ebola outbreak?

Patients have turned up in Mbandaka, a city of more than a million on the banks of the Congo River

5/25/2018


Bronx-Lebanon Hospital without promised turnstiles, 1 year after shooting

In the weeks following the mass shooting, the hospital promised tougher security

5/25/2018


Six steps to write an energy-efficient hospital audit report

An energy-efficient hospital audit is how the energy consumption of a healthcare institution is measured

5/25/2018


Pa. health network drops food vendor Sodexo

St. Luke's University Health Network moves to local company

5/25/2018


Process and design improvements explored for China's Drum Tower Hospital

American and Chinese hospitals evaluate similarities, differences

5/25/2018


Two more cases of Ebola confirmed in urban area of Congo

Total of three cases confirmed in city of 1 million people

5/24/2018


Emergency department communications badges reduce response times

The average response time is now down to 1.02 minutes

5/24/2018


Senior care workforce by the numbers

A report from senior living industry organization Argentum has quantified the labor crisis

5/24/2018


Health intelligent virtual assistant market is disrupting industry

Health intelligent virtual assistant market to be characterized by the massive exploitation of IoT and artificial intelligence

5/24/2018


NIH officials responding to Ebola outbreak

U.S. health experts on ‘high alert’

5/23/2018


Nursing home ‘granny cam’ bill passes La. Senate

Bill was opposed by nursing home industry

5/23/2018


New hospital sound design may cure alarm fatigue

The constant alarms of hospital technology called a problem for patient safety

5/23/2018


NHS staff plead for body cameras to prevent assaults

Increasing levels of violence mean staff needed better protection

5/23/2018


App technology is designed for healthcare facility wayfinding

A study has shown that 30 to 40 percent of patients and visitors get lost at the hospital

5/23/2018


Nurses call for use of animals on hospital wards

Royal College of Nursing guidance includes information on infection control, allergy considerations

5/22/2018


Cyberattackers exploit healthcare data security weaknesses

The healthcare sector is the most targeted industry in the first quarter of 2018

5/22/2018


Hospital security departments can help protect domestic violence victims

75 percent of domestic violence victims are targeted at work

5/22/2018


Few Mass. hospitals have enhanced security after stabbing

A Harrington Hospital nurse was stabbed by a patient last June

5/22/2018


Denver patient says surgery was canceled due to contaminated tools

Porter Adventist patient said doctor had to abort his spinal surgery after discovering 'contaminant' on surgical instruments

5/21/2018


New guidelines issued for infection control in GI endoscopy

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy rules based on a critical review of the most current data

5/21/2018


Defending against ransomware attacks

One of the best ways to prevent ransomware attacks is to educate employees

5/21/2018


Building an effective hospital/police partnership

Minnesota healthcare and law enforcement officials released a list of best practices

5/21/2018


Man charged in security officer’s death at Pa. hospital

The officer died a month after an altercation with a psychiatric patient at Heritage Valley Beaver Hospital

5/18/2018


Reassuring patients about facility cleanliness

Review cleaning procedures and improve whatever needs an upgrade

5/18/2018


Study ranks Iowa mostly prepared to handle public health emergency

A national study says Iowa's overall health security level is just under the national average

5/18/2018


Preventing bathing-acquired infections in nursing homes

Bath tubs and accessories can make residents sick

5/18/2018


Studies suggest violence is a virtually universal experience for ED staff

Healthcare facilities have taken a range of security measures to address the issue

5/18/2018


Veggie-focused restaurant opens at Cleveland Clinic

The health-focused eatery focuses on fresh, seasonal produce

5/18/2018


Explosion at California medical facility kills one, injures three others

Explosion in medical building in Aliso Viejo appears intentional

5/17/2018


Using AI to achieve real improvements in healthcare

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy rules based on a critical review of the most current data

5/17/2018


Fla. hospital evacuates critically ill patients after power outage

Emergency power came on later at Kindred Hospital in downtown Fort Lauderdale and allowed the facility to continue to function

5/17/2018


Healthcare facilities boost security after hostage incident

Kane County (Ill.) Sheriff’s Office and Northwestern Medicine both made security changes

5/17/2018


Solar power, other tech, can save hospitals money and energy

Technologies can help can cut costs and improve energy efficiency

5/17/2018


Securing IoT in healthcare is critical

The use of IoT devices is growing in healthcare environments

5/17/2018



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