Maintenance and Operations - November 2014

Food-as-medicine theory gaining ground in hospitals

Hospitals believe that recovery involves feeding the body as well as the mind and are working to improving the cafeteria experience


How soft-surface fabrics spread infection

Studies have found that fabrics harbor bacteria after coming into contact with patients


Training the next generation of facilities managers

Identifying employees with potential - and helping them to build their skills - puts facilities in a better position when current leaders retire


Ask the right questions about rubber floorcoverings

Rubber can be compromised by chemicals that can cause itthurd to break down


Key questions about carpet and vinyl floorcoverings

Carpet and vinyl in healthcare flooring require some special considerations


Healthcare floorcoverings need good substrates

It is critical that the substrate, which is almost always concrete, be in a condition to accept the installation of flooring


Duke students brainstorm to curb Ebola

Duke Ebola Innovation Challenge invites ideas to help track and fight Ebola


Alternative HVAC systems popular in hospital applications

Healthcare facilities installing more nontraditional equipment


Building data analytics can help bottom line

To better manage budgets, hospital facility managers need to be able to uncover hidden savings within their buildings


UW Health to stop selling sugar-sweetened drinks

The system is also eliminating all fried food from cafeterias and restaurants


Hospital says goodbye to green Jell-O

Providing food that increases patient satisfaction is a quality indicator for a health system


Indianapolis hospital designed to be a good neighbor

The Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital offers community healthy, welcoming environment that encourages wellness, according to a blog on the Healthcare Design website


MRSA linked to livestock is found in U.K. hospitals

Study says some MRSA bugs in UK hospitals can be traced back to bacteria found in farm animals


Louisiana hospital makes campus smoke free

Terrebonne General Medical Center eliminates designated smoking areas


New Zealand bacterial outbreak linked to facility faults

Up to 50 people to one toilet, a leaking sewer pipe and an insufficient number of handwash basins found at Middlemore Hospital


America's experiencing a hospital-food revolution

Resourcing food from local producers is good for patients, economy


Emergency backup generators don't always work when needed, probe finds

Two Manhattan hospitals lost power and their backup systems failed during Superstorm Sandy


Jazz tested as post-op pain treatment

Piped in music and periods of silence may be pain management tools



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