Safety - November 2014

Ebola-proofing often an improvisation

Efforts have been guided by principals from clinics in Africa and the few full biocontainment facilities in the U.S.


Florida facility focuses on Ebola prep

Flagler County hospital dedicating and segregating a part of its facility for treatment


Miami hospital hit by rash of tire thefts

Tires are stolen from cars in Ryder Trauma Center-secured lot


Survey shows growing workplace violence in healthcare

Analysis shows that the violent crime rate per 100 beds increased from 2012 to 2013


Infection control tips in the age of Ebola

There is a growing body of evidence that 'disinfected' medical devices are not as clean as they need to be


Shred bin Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about shred bins


Houston Medical Center adds UV technology to infection control

UV protocol adds extra layer of protection in the war against infections


Ebola fears spark equipment companies to restrict service

Diagnostic labs refuse to accept patients' blood or tissue samples


Study: Hospital workers wash hands less toward end of shift

Workers probably wash their hands less as the workday progresses because the mental reserves they need to follow rules are depleted


Minnesota hospitals deal with increase in patient violence

Attack on nurses at a Maplewood hospital highlights daily issue for healthcare workers


U.K. not prepared for Ebola, expert says

Safety procedures are not being followed strictly enough to prevent medical staff from becoming infected, Ebola expert says


Faulty sprinklers cause flooding at Jersey City Medical Center

The first-floor lobby of New Jersey facility floods when two sprinklers in the lobby inadvertently turned on


Hospital designers balance safety and luxury

'Airportlike' screening for patients and other safety elements are being incorporated


Interpreting the Life Safety Code

It is often risky to offer advice on code interpretation if you are not the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ)


Report says infections, accidents and injuries remain problems despite gains

Leapfrog's Hospital Safety Scores show that while hospitals are doing better implementing safety processes, performance on outcomes lags


WHO updates personal protective equipment guidelines for Ebola

Guidelines to clarify PPE options and provide information for procurement of PPE stock in the current Ebola outbreak


Facilities experts urge Ebola prep

Hospitals encouraged to prepare facilities now so they are ready to respond to pandemics and viral outbreaks


Architects design for safety

Healthcare designers try to create homey - yet secure - environments


Demand for Ebola supplies up

Some experts worried about price gouging, shortages and hoarding


Pakistani hospitals set up disaster management wards

Four hospitals in Karachi equipping facilities in preparation for approaching cyclone


Two Virginia hospitals achieve infection risk certification

Hospitals are the first certified in a new program focusing on managing infection risk


Study links armed guards to less hospital violence

International Healthcare Security and Safety Foundation study found a 41 percent lower risk of physical assaults where Tasers were available to security personnel


'Homelike' setting in senior care not so important, study says

Safety and caring staff members seen as more important


Common security framework can be key tool for healthcare facilities

A CSF is a single security framework that healthcare providers can use to address security challenges. The framework includes federal and state regulations, standards and frameworks


Ebola may be draining resources from other efforts

More time spent on Ebola can mean less time to handle day-to-day demands, particularly the Enterovirus D-68 outbreak and the approaching flu season


Good hand hygiene essential in HAI battle against health

Cleaning hands remains the single most effective known pathogen prevention process


Making a hospital 'Ebola ready'

New York City’s Bellevue Hospital upgrades isolation rooms and is building a separate laboratory to handle blood work


Great Neck facility to build bio-containment unit

North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System is planning to build a biological containment unit to strengthen its response to infectious disease outbreaks


Associations issue statement on processing biohazardous medical waste

Outbreak of Ebola has raised questions about the correct handling of Ebola-contaminated biohazardous medical waste



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