Facility Operations - August 2013

WHO hand hygiene strategy feasible and sustainable

Two-year study showed marked improvement at multiple sites around the world


Federal News Radio interview focuses on healthcare quality improvement through IT

Discussion offers practical ways to improve outcomes and reduce costs


Focus on patient's role in hospital safety

Encouraging assertiveness can diminish risk in an effective safety culture


Rockford hospitals lauded for storm readiness

Three hospitals and 48 public schools recognized by The National Weather Service


Pennsylvania health system's plant upgrade saves millions in energy costs

Installation of combined heat and power (CHP) system can benefit environment as well as help bring down healthcare costs


Free decontamination self-assessment offered

Hospitals can download free tool to evaluate their own procedures


Sweeping changes: Hospitals focus on cleaning services

Janitors are on the front lines of crucial infection control


Doctors in Dubai will soon prescribe (Android) tablets

Hospital patients will have technology at their fingertips


High-tech hospital room monitors more than entertainment

Patients can order meals, talk to nurses nurses and view X-rays


AAMI releases free wireless information resource

Compilation of articles can help avoid mistakes when introducing wireless technologies into healthcare facilities


Hospital disaster preparation evolves

Emergency preparedness grants fuel activity after Hurricane Sandy and Boston bombings


Floor-care primer: Starting at the bottom

Tips for care and repair of four major commercial flooring categories


High-tech equipment used to reduce infant abductions

Ankle-band transmitters help Virginia hospital staff keep babies safe


Infection prevention techniques that work

Planning, vigilance, isolation, thorough cleaning help hospital keep HAI in check


New Jersey utility helping area hospitals save energy

Upfront funding makes upgrades possible for cash-strapped facilities


Hospital dining room rehab tastes immediate success

Brooklyn Hospital Center's emphasis on fresh and healthy food stations boosts traffic 14 percent


Foundation awards grant to study hospital patient falls

Researchers will try to identify design elements that may contribute to mishaps.


Survey says: Cleaning industry is cautiously optimistic

P&G Professional poll includes more than 400 cleaning professionals from healthcare, food service, commercial and hospitality sectors.


Survey says: Cleaning industry is cautiously optimistic

P&G Professional poll includes more than 400 cleaning professionals from healthcare, food service, commercial and hospitality sectors.


Real-time location services can save time and improve care

Cost-effective technologies can help in emergencies situations as well as efficient equipment scheduling.


More signs are not always right direction in wayfinding

Color, texture and simple language can ease patient journey through medical facility.


Whose responsibility is hospital safety?

When it comes to hospital safety, experts say patients should question cleanliness to prevent infections.


Wireless body area networks open up health care and consumer possibilities

BANs have transformed patient monitoring and offer opportunities for athletics and person fitness.


Registries helped track infections in health care facilities

Regional patient registries may be useful in tracking the spread of antibiotic-resistant infections between health care facilities.


Grant helped Alabama hospital realize five-figure annual energy savings

Providence Hospital reduced annual energy consumption by 15% with energy efficient LED fixtures


Infections may be getting two surprise foes

Research suggests that copper surfaces and cold plasma could be weapons against bacteria


Report helps facilities departments speak finance

Report provides healthcare facilities departments with benchmarking tools to help them communicate effectively with finance-focused senior management.


Location may trump numbers for hand rub dispenser effectiveness

According to a study in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, at a certain point increasing the number of hand rub dispensers is less important than their location in encouraging use.


HHS says photocopiers should be part of data security review

As part of the announcement that Affinity will pay a more than $1.2 settlement for a breach of security, The Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights says that healthcare organizations need to consider photocopy machines when examining their data security.


Hospitals building coalitions to ensure business continuity

Hospitals are forming coalitions to respond collaboratively to disasters, partly because federal funding is linked to joint efforts to deliver effective health care during an emergency.


Paris hospital deploys outdoor wayfinding kiosks

A Paris hospital has installed 20 full- and semi-outdoor wayfinding kiosks to enhance visitors' experience and reduce the need for staff to direct wandering visitors.


New Jersey legislator pushes medical waste legislation

A New Jersey legislator pushes medical waste legislation after syringes washed up on Island Beach State Park earlier this month.


Case study: The role of environmental hygiene in lowering hospital infections

A new case study examines the role of improved environmental hygiene in lowering infections and raising HCAHPS Scores at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Ill., near Chicago.

 Communication with patients also plays a role.


NFPA drops new emergency power requirement

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has dropped a requirement for adding an indicator light on each receptacle on emergency power.


Testing fire alarms is critical part of installation

Testing to ensure newly installed fire alarm systems are working correctly is a critical part of the installation process.


Boston bombing tests area hospital's disaster response plans

The Boston Marathon bombings tested the disaster response plans of the Boston Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as other local hospitals.


Ultrasound accepted for fire system pipe testing

There is more than one method to comply with NFPA 25, Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems' internal pipe testing requirements.


Mass notification systems can aid overall hospital communications

Healthcare organizations are increasingly using mass notification systems, originally intended for emergency situations, for other critical communications.


Healthcare facilities employ varied tactics for better acoustics, noise control

Healthcare facilities have begun to focus more on privacy, noise control and acoustics not only to meet HIPPA mandates for patient confidentiality, but also to increase patient satisfaction.


Free webcast offers cleaning best practices for infection control

"Infection Control: Breaking the Chain of Infection," will provide an in-depth understanding of universal practices and methods in combating the spread of infection in a variety of settings.



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