Safety - May 2014

Clarifying proposed changes to smoke compartment size requirements

ASHE supports the change in NFPA 101: Life Safety Code that would increase the maximum smoke compartment size in new facilities


ASHE survey seeks feedback on CMS Life Safety Code proposal

ASHE is also encouraging members to submit public comments about the proposal


Florida hospital solves infection problem with communication

Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami uses weekly reports to hospital leaders to help nearly eliminate Acinetobacter baumannii infections


Illinois hospital uses disinfection robot

Palos Community Hospital implements system to improve patient safety and prevent infection


Video tracks path of hospital linen

Five children at Children's Hospital in New Orleans died from a fungal infection most likely spread through hospital linens


Protecting safety while respecting patient autonomy

Once patients are admitted, hospitals have the responsibility to keep them safe. But hospitals aren't prisons.


Real-time feedback encourages hand hygiene

Using real-time feedback may encourage hand-hygiene compliance, according to a study in American Journal of Infection Control


Eyewash station Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about non-ANSI-approved eyewash stations


White paper discusses fighting infection in long-term care facilities

As many as 2.8 million adults living in long-term care facilities contract HAIs every year


Health facility business continuity planning

With increased risks of natural and man-made disasters, many hospitals have upgraded their business continuity planning


Deadly fungal outbreak puts hospital laundry oversight in spotlight

While the CDC determined that the mucormycosis was likely transmitted through the linens, there has been no determination of where the contamination occurred - in the laundering process, in transit or at the hospital


HIEs can improve disaster planning

Recent disasters have illustrated the need to access patient records remotely because of evacuations or damage to hospitals and clinics


London hospital steps up infection control after rise in C-diff cases

There have been 22 cases of C-diff recorded at the Whittington Hospital - more than double its threshold


Hospital staff prepares for decontamination emergency

Mayo Clinic Health System training simulates accident involving a chemical carrier


Preparing for severe weather

In spring stormy weather plays a disproportionately large role in the disaster preparedness planning facilities managers do for their health facilities


Common goals strengthen infection prevention policies

To achieve the level of communication and collaboration necessary to uphold their objective, the infection prevention and sterile processing departments must understand the roles they play


Making senior care bathrooms safer

Chance of bathing injuries can be reduced by correctly using bath safety equipment


'Hand Hygiene All-Americans' named

100 healthcare workers recognized for demonstrating safety, quality and leadership in their hand hygiene practices


Fire dampers Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about installing fire dampers in a pneumatic tube system


Nursing home tornado shelters recommended

Government report says the tornado that destroyed a Missouri nursing home three years ago showed that long-term care facilities need to have specially designed shelters


Oklahoma hospital prepares well before the storm

St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital starts working days before severe weather comes to keep all patients, visitors and staff safe


New devices launched to improve hand-hygiene compliance

Two new entires in the hand-hygiene market were designed to make it more convenient for healthcare workers to remain compliant


White paper series explores clinical alarm safety

Two-part white paper discusses managing alarms, alerts and interruptions to improve patient safety


How to prepare for the 2012 Life Safety Code

Although the CMS proposed rule covers a lot of ground, the vast majority of it is familiar territory


Facility says security guard charged with killing resident passed background check, drug tests

Two residents were beaten with a car jack and one subsequently died of his injuries


Calculating the cost of adopting 2012 Life Safety Code

CMS estimates cost to healthcare organizations to implement the new Life Safety Code rules


Spreading information can help curb HAIs

According to research, frequent e-mails to facility leaders can help fight an outbreak


50 leaders in patient safety field

Becker's Hospital Review list includes professionals from healthcare organizations, national organizations, universities and other institutions


Temporary hospital sent to Mississippi after tornado

North Carolina sends 18 trucks of equipment and supplies after storm damages Louisville healthcare facilities


Mock disaster tests Ontario hospital privacy procedures

Soldiers' Memorial Hospital in Simcoe County stages car accident with chemical spill to test the hospital's emergency preparedness


Hand hygiene in New Zealand hospitals improving

Good hand-hygiene practices are being followed nearly 73 percent of the time across the country's hospitals, report says


New superbug infection found every 18 minutes in Hong Kong public hospitals

Cases have risen 15 percent since 2011, with overcrowding and Hong Kong's ageing population blamed


Safety scores say hospitals are showing improvement

According to newly released data, despite progress, even some premier medical institutions are falling behind when it comes to patient safety


Infection control measures at Worcestershire hospitals get thumbs-up

Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) visited both hospitals to assess the standards of cleanliness and how staff were working to prevent the spread of infections such as norovirus


Florida hospital on mock 'high alert'

Highlands Regional Medical Center holds disaster drill, coordinated to give county crisis-response employees, first-responders and staff a hands-on experience of what would take place in the event of an actual crisis situation


New Orleans area hospital conducts 'active shooter' drill

East Jefferson General Hospital simulates a scenario involving a gunman roaming the facility


New Orleans deaths raise questions about handling of linens

Five children died during an outbreak of a flesh-eating fungal infection at Children's Hospital between August 2008 and July 2009


Rally in Sacramento calls for stronger safety standards throughout hospitals

California lawmakers are working on a bill to make hospitals safer in an effort that some are calling a waste of time and money


UK hospital issuing personal alarms, panic buttons to staff

Accident and emergency department at Noble's Hospital is reviewing safety procedures


Hospital bug blamed for hospital ward closures in Wales

Increases in bed closures at Glan Clwyd Hospital were six times higher than at other hospitals in North Wales


South Carolina Hospital honored for infection control

GHS Laurens County Memorial Hospital in Clinton has received two patient safety awards



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