Facility Operations - March 2013

ACHC offers workshops on healthcare accreditation process

The Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) is offering workshops in April and May for those interested in obtaining and maintaining ACHC accreditation.


Environmental services instrumental in combating C. diff in hospital

Environmental cleaning practices were the most significant factor in cutting a Cincinnati hospital's Clostridium difficile (C. diff) incidence rate in half over six months.


Mississippi hospital announces HIPAA breach

The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) officials have announced a HIPAA breach at the hospital caused by a missing laptop computer.


Healthcare association offers review of EVS training programs

Educational institutions, consultants and healthcare organizations with their own in-house training can submit training and educational materials to the AHE for review to earn the Seal of Review and Recognition.


Hospitals should consider costs, benefits of in-house laundry versus alternatives

Maintaining an on-premises laundry facility can be a costly decision for hospitals. Some situations warrant this cost, but available options in high-volume laundry arrangements means environmental services managers should carefully weigh the costs and benefits of each.


Training webinar offered on HIPAA risk analysis

Compliance Online will host a HIPAA risk analysis webinar on March 28 at 1 p.m. Eastern.


Facilities team plays role in ambulatory surgery center joint venture deliberations

The facilities department can provide important strategic information that should be considered prior to a hospital embarking on an ambulatory surgery center joint venture.


Extending deadline for nursing home sprinklers open for comment

A proposed deadline extension for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) requirement that all nursing home facilities have automatic sprinkler systems by August 13 is open for comment.


Medical device integration with electronic health records is not plug and play

Integrating medical devices with electronic health records in order to facilitate meaningful use is possible, but requires facilities to consider how to support increased connectivity requirements.


More than 8,000 hospital safety violations now publicly searchable

A searchable database of federal safety rule violations at about 1,000 hospitals since 2011 is now available.


Pre-incident planning at facilities aids first responders in emergency

Understanding what is front of mind for first responders can help facility managers better prepare for what will happen in the event of an emergency.


Fire alarm systems can provide emergency control function of non-fire alarm systems

Though the code language might be tricky to decipher, fire code does allow fire alarm systems to interface with non-fire alarm systems in order to provide emergency control function.


ASHE offers course in healthcare facility commissioning

The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) is offering a two-day course designed to specifically address the commissioning process in healthcare facilities.


ASHE offers course in healthcare facility commissioning

The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) is offering a two-day course designed to specifically address the commissioning process in healthcare facilities.


Green Seal releases new laundry standard for industrial and institutional products

A new Green Seal standard for institutional and industrial laundry products addresses their life cycle impacts.


IT is key to managing healthcare costs, says former president

Speaking March 6 at the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) convention in New Orleans, former President Bill Clinton suggested information technology could be the key to controlling rising healthcare costs.


Advancements in chiller systems lead to energy efficiency in healthcare facilities

Numerous technological advances in chillers allow healthcare occupancies to reap significant energy efficiency gains during new construction or significant retrofits.


Proper floor care can prevent slips and falls in healthcare facilities

While evidence-based design has proven to be a useful tool in accident reductions in healthcare facilities, some suggest ongoing training for environmental services staff on the proper care of floors can also be beneficial to fall prevention programs.


Hospital emergency response during Hurricane Sandy shows lessons learned

The successful evacuation of about 6,000 people from various NYC healthcare facilities due to Hurricane Sandy, including five city hospitals, speaks to the great strides the industry has made in emergency response planning after Hurricane Katrina.


Chilled beams push UC Davis Health & Wellness Center to LEED Gold

The University of California, Davis' Health & Wellness Center in Davis, Calif., earned LEED-NC Gold in 2012 by incorporating a range of green technologies that help it perform at least 20 percent better than California Energy Code.


AHE launches new online training for healthcare environmental services

The Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) of the American Hospital Association has introduced a new education program in collaboration with Clorox Healthcare.


Automatic fire sprinklers now standard in nursing home facilities

By August 13, 2013, nursing homes must have automatic fire sprinklers as a precondition of participating in the Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement program. But the road to this regulation has been a long time coming.


Free webinar promotes green cleaning programs in healthcare facilities

The Green Cleaning Network will host a free webinar March 6 on "The State of Green Cleaning" at 2 p.m. Eastern.



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