Safety - April 2014

Hospital safety under fire after stabbings

Incidents at two Los Angeles County medical centers spur call for greater focus on hospital security


Video surveillance of hand hygiene

Study says video surveillance has comparable results to in-person observation when measuring hand-hygiene compliance


Nebraska hospital hosts mass-casualty incident exercise

Exercise gives hospital and ambulance staff the chance to adjust and adapt to a chaotic situation


One year after flood, Illinois hospital is more prepared

Newly poured four-foot-tall concrete wall could be Morris Hospital's saving grace this flood season


Most U.S. health facilities have good hand-hygiene programs

WHO survey of hand-hygiene initiatives shows that nearly all respondent programs rank as adequate or better


U.K. hospital adopts new infection control guide

Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth adopts National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) quality standards


Hospital produces infection prevention video

Cambridge University Hospital video guides staff, patients and visitors through a six-step hand-washing process


Behavioral health facility extends real-time locating system's reach

Western Maryland Regional Medical Center uses RTLS technology to monitor patient movements, prevent elopement


Boston hospitals apply lessons learned from bombing

A year after being packed with blast victims, Boston facilities have changed how they prepare for a disaster


Tips for improving hand hygiene compliance

Hand hygiene averages well below 50 percent compliance in many healthcare facilities


Man shoots himself at Johns Hopkins days after hospital safety symposium

Experts at the national symposium on how medical professionals can stay safe said it can be difficult to restrict guns entirely


Long Island hospital updates security to prepare for emergencies

The improvements at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital include advanced surveillance cameras and a card reader to restrict access to one area of the hospital


Renewed focus on operating room's role in infection prevention

Nurses association says a greater degree of evaluation of the cleaning and disinfection performed in operating rooms is needed


Florida medical center renovated to increase security

The psychiatric treatment center is being completely redone. New ceilings, walls and safety features, such as alarms, are being installed


Communication badges can help when staff are at risk

Badges have one button to summon coworkers for less urgent assistance. A second button can call security if the situation escalates.


Hospital increases security after woman pushed down stairs

Attack part of theft, purse-snatching on HealthAlliance Leominster, Mass., campus


Kansas hospital implements new safety program

Via Christi Hospital officials are working to enhance patient safety by creating a more collaborative environment


New fire safety regs proposed for hospitals

Fire safety standards from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services address everything from automatic sprinkler systems to the size of patients' rooms and where to store medical equipment


Patrols increased after 'fluke' shooting in hospital parking lot

Massachusetts' Baystate Medical Center security chief says hospital is safe, incidents of violence rare


Four things to know about cyber surveillance

By adopting user-activity monitoring, healthcare providers can record every action of users accessing sensitive data, getting cyber surveillance to match the video surveillance they have in the physical world


Ohio hospitals hold mass-casualty exercise

Hospitals, emergency responders, health departments and coroners in northwestern Ohio take part in an emergency preparedness exercise to make sure hospitals are prepared for a mass casualty response


Looking beyond staff to create a safe facility

'Prevention through design' can lead to safer healthcare facilities


Most common hospital fire code violations

Having fire protection equipment in place at a hospital isn't enough to minimize risk to staff and patients and ensure compliance. Fire code violations can include anything from improperly installed equipment to a missed service date


Hospital's web-based training improves worker safety

"5 Minutes With" podcast on Facilitiesnet talks to Bill Warren of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Shadyside Hospital


Putting new facilities to the test

Healthcare Design magazine article discusses 'clinical operations commissioning' to identify and eliminate operational risks before the healthcare facility's doors open


Hospital kitchens source for drug resistant bacteria

After handling raw poultry, hands of food preparers and cutting boards remain a source of transmission for multi-drug resistant bacteria, study shows


'Keep the Coat' campaign launched in defense of lab coats

Initiative advocates for healthcare workers to keep their white coats as a defense against contaminants


UK hospitals launch safety project to reduce hospital falls

A new approach to improve safety and prevent falls in hospitals has been introduced across Doncaster, Rotherham and North Lincolnshire


UNM Hospital staff trains at FEMA facility

Disaster preparedness training covers mass casualty incidents to catastrophic natural disasters and terror attacks


New, past violent events spark facility emergency drills

Healthcare leaders see disaster exercises and planning paying off


Hospitals simulate infectious disease disaster

Eight Minnesota facilities participate in a disaster drill portraying a widespread infectious disease breakout


California nursing home safety bill advances

The legislation would establish timelines and procedures for completing an investigation into alleged abuse within a long-term care facility


Liverpool hospital's safety rating puts donations at risk

Alder Hey Children's Hospital may lose 4 million-pound gift after poor report


Many hospital infections commonly found directly outside facilities

Researchers tested cultures taken from surfaces, mostly doors from local businesses, less than 1.5 miles from six hospitals


Greenville hospital shifting police security to unarmed guards

Vidant Medical Center plans to cut the number of sworn police officers at the North Carolina hospital by more than half


Canadian hospitals recognized for security programs

Security programs at six hospitals have received the Program of Distinction Award from the International Association of Healthcare Security and Safety


Healthcare workers identify infection-control barriers

Research shows patient-care demands and availability of equipment among the perceived problems


Survey says Canadian hospitals not clean enough

Only 62 percent of lead infection-control staff believe their hospital is sufficiently clean


Study looks at hand hygiene in resource-limited facilities

Researchers evaluate hand-hygiene adherence in Ethiopia after WHO campaign


CDC releases up-to-date report on hospital-acquired-infection estimates

Report shows the incidence of HAIs has slightly decreased, with the 2011 data estimating 721,800 infections


Maryland hospitals' hand-hygiene compliance rises

State reaches an average of 87 percent compliance at 44 of its acute-care hospitals and one of its specialty hospitals in 2013, up from 81 percent two years ago


New security measures in place at Milwaukee hospital after shooting

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office has instituted a new security policy for Children's Hospital after police shot a wanted felon inside the hospital last November


Healthcare facilities need more physical security

White paper suggests facility managers should increase their security budgets to combat street-level criminality as well as potential terrorist threats


Consumer Reports ranks hospitals for patient safety

Magazine releases patient-safety rankings for more than 2,500 hospitals based on a composite score of five quality measures


CDC says 1 in 25 hospital patients get an infection

The report also shows limited progress in controlling some bacteria


Seattle hospital sparks new patient safety measures throughout England

Virginia Mason's safety and quality efforts are helping to inspire new measures aimed at improving patient safety in the UK


UK hospital uses pre-fab cubicles for infection prevention and control

Royal Bournemouth Hospital installs infection control enclosures to contain outbreaks



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