Safety - March 2014

Clinic employees may have been exposed to mold

Employees and patients at the Bronx Montefiore Family Health Center may have suffered respiratory illnesses due to mold


Testing fire equipment for notification of off-site fire responders

Proper testing and documentation of the transmission signals to off-premises responders is one of the requirements that is often misunderstood


New regulations target flame-retardant chemicals

Environments for Aging article discusses California legislation aimed at reducing the use of flame retardant chemicals in furniture, other products


Facilities collaborate to fight C. diff

Healthcare facilities in Washington counties form task force to prevent infections


Infection prevention failure blamed in deaths of two babies

The spread of E.coli in a neonatal ward in Swansea, Wales, where two babies died was tied to inadequate handwashing and the need to increase spacing between cots


Streamlining life safety system inspections

Electronic inspection reporting can simplify the data collection, documentation and retrieval process


Ignited bread in morgue latest fire at UK hospital

Wishaw General Hospital safety report includes range of fire incidents


New York hospital holds active shooter drill

Nyack Hospital's emergency drill is designed to prepare for an armed intruder scenario at the hospital


Hospital told to improve infection control after C. diff outbreak

Staff at the Scottish facility have been ordered to wear the correct gloves and prioritize the appropriate disposal of waste


Quarterly fire system testing Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question on quarterly testing and inspection scheduling challenges


Hospital reaches zero-infection target

CEO calls transparency, inspections and a targeted goal keys to success


Lincoln hospitals hold winter storm disaster training

Emergency scenario included a winter storm, a school bus accident and a power failure


Quality improvement strategies boost infection control

Concept takes on new meaning in an age of healthcare reform


Study says hospital alarms pose risk for patients

A recent report by the Food and Drug Administration said that there have been nearly 560 deaths every year due to hospital alarms


NH hospital personnel train for disasters

New Hampshire staffers take part in a weeklong training session in disaster response


NJ healthcare facilities get smarter in fighting superbugs

Most recent CDC data show that New Jersey healthcare organizations beat national estimates


WHO program improves U.S. healthcare hand hygiene

Participation in the World Health Organization global campaign to improve hand-hygiene practices is associated with improved hand hygiene, study said


Inquest jury urges CO detectors after three health facility deaths

Incident at Saskatoon care facility spurs recommendation for CO detectors in all facilities, not just buildings where people stay overnight


Safety measures cut risk of contaminated hospital food

New study found more than 80% of raw chicken used in hospitals was contaminated with a form of antibiotic resistant bacteria


Manitoba creates fire safety task force for personal care homes

Government is dedicating $7 million annually to fire safety and sprinklers in healthcare facilities


Experts advise on cleaning, disinfection of scopes

Infection Control Today asked industry experts to share their perspectives on the key issues relating to scope maintenance


Feds call on hospitals to improve disaster plans

The Department of Health and Human Services is proposing new requirements for healthcare facilities to ensure their readiness to care for patients during disasters


Arizona hospital launches several safety initiatives

Casa Grande Regional's 'safety week' just part of focus on patient safety


Ohio hospital evacuated after chemical mix-up

A gallon of muratic acid was poured into a barrel of chlorine by an employee working in a pool area


Manitoba won't make sprinkler systems mandatory in care facilities

Canadian province creating task force to improve fire safety in personal care homes


Children's hospital groups stress patient, family and caregiver hand washing

Children's Hospitals' Solutions for Patient Safety and the Children's Hospital Association offer safety tips for patient families


One in five U.S. health facilities don't put hand sanitizer everywhere needed

Study also found that only about half of the facilities had set aside funds in their budgets for hand-hygiene training


British Columbia requires either masks or flu shots of hospital visitors

Piles of masks have been added to the antiseptic soap dispensers and hand-washing reminders at entrances to those facilities


Video-monitoring in hospitals complicates privacy question

Video-monitoring has become more common as high-quality, inexpensive technology has become increasingly accessible


CMS rule on emergency preparedness would establish national requirements

All healthcare providers that receive Medicare reimbursement funds, including hospitals, critical access hospitals, nursing homes and ambulatory care surgeries would be affected


Could MRI be hacking opportunity?

Report says healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors will experience the highest level of attacks involving 'Internet of things'


Researching disaster helps hospital plan

Implementation of new procedures saves lives in subsequent emergency


Surviving a disaster can change emergency plan

It is the facility manager's job to make sure disaster's lesson isn't learned at the expense of lives


Washington state hospital worker safety bill passes

The bill would increase the penalty for assaulting an employee, contractor, intern or volunteer of a state hospital


Nonprofit organization launches sustainable product registry

Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute seeks greater transparency from manufacturers


Managing clinical alarm systems

Patient safety issues often signal problems with inappropriate alarm use, ineffective alarm coverage or delayed alarm response



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