Safety - July 2014

N.H. facilities drug-test law to begin

Most must adopt a written testing and diversion policy in August


Fire alarm system Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answers a question about fire alarm systems in a business occupancy


UV cuts resistant organisms by 20 percent: study says

New York hospital added ultraviolet environmental disinfection (UVD) to its cleaning regimen of patient rooms


Design choices may reduce fall risk for elderly

Improving the design of walking environments may reduce risk of falling, according to an article on the Environments for Aging website


Joint Commission online learning module addresses long-term care infections

Online educational tool focuses on how to apply high-reliability principles


California hospital implements new security procedure

Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock has a new check-in and visitor-badge procedure


Brigham and Women's Hospital project honored for safety in construction practices

IFMA Boston Excellence Award for Best Practices in Sustainability given to Brigham and Women's Hospital and EH&E


Hospital engineering should integrate infection prevention in design

Many hospitals within the GCC region lack the availability of negative pressure rooms and HEPA filters to deal with the surge of airborne respiratory infection


Legionella bacteria found again at UPMC Presbyterian

Infection control workers found the bacteria in sinks in three patient rooms


Support kit helps prevent healthcare injuries

Kit contains tools and tips for implementing and sustaining a facility-wide healthcare injuries prevention program


Tennessee hospital creates culture of safety

Vanderbilt University Medical Center boosted hand washing, cut infections


Technology used for hospital bed safety

High-tech system uses digital lines to draw a safety zone around patients to provide continual monitoring


Evacuation map Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answeres a question about evacuation route maps


Experts join to offer guidance on hand hygiene

Strategies include updated evidence, reviews and recommendations


Ensuring patient safety during construction

Interim life safety measures often are needed during a renovation project or new construction


Rising obesity rate spurs hospitals to adapt equipment

Facility, supply changes made to ensure safety and prevent embarrassment


Probe of Greenville deadly infections focuses on water

Federal officials are focusing on water as the potential source of the bacteria that infected 15 patients at Greenville Memorial Hospital and may have contributed to three deaths


Maryland fails to inspect many facilities for developmentally disabled, assisted living

In 2012, Maryland's Office of Health Care Quality failed to inspect more that half of the state's assisted living facilities and almost three-quarters of facilities for the developmentally disabled


During natural disasters, hospital resilience is key

American Meteorological Society suggests having medical centers look at their structural designs and consider relocating critical components to higher ground


Study: Hospital wards overheat because windows don't open

Most hospital wards are prone to overheating because health and safety fears have triggered restrictions on opening windows


Fire extinguisher cabinet Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answeres a question about fire extinguisher cabinet labeling


White paper offers tips to create a culture of safety

Free publication says an effective hospital safety program starts at the top


Virginia Hospital ready for disaster

Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital has Stabilization Treat in Place (STIP) tent


Facility readiness vital in weather disasters

Healthcare facilities should be ready to recover and move forward after a violent weather event


Disasters bring hospitals valuable lessons along with damage

Health Facilities Management survey asks 911 health executives about trends in emergency management


Long-term care facility evacuation relies on planning and common sense

In an emergency situation, experience, equipment and level heads are needed, according to an article on the Long-Term Living website


New OSHA resource focuses on reducing nursing home worker injuries

New brochure addresses the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders among nursing home and residential care workers


Southwest Florida hospitals increase hand-hygiene compliance

Turnaround credited to training, surveillance and hand-sanitizer stations in needed areas


Hospitals see increase in violent crime

Majority of incidents involve violence directed at employees by clients or patients


Hospital evacuation best practices

Avoiding evacuation drills and the lack of vulnerability identification are errors in hospital readiness.


Saginaw-area hospitals focus on stopping HAIs

Hand-washing, isolation and proper cleaning of rooms are tactics used to prevent the spread of infection


Missouri hospital participates in national earthquake drill

Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall examined its emergency response capacity and reporting mechanisms


Low hand-hygiene compliance found during anesthesia administration

Researchers used video to map patterns of hand contact with anesthesia work environment surfaces


Florida health system investing $1 million on infection-resistant garments

Baptist Health is buying garments for staff and patients that are designed to repel fluids and minimize transmission of hospital-borne infections


UV disinfection reduces multidrug-resistant organisms at NY hospital

The rates during UV environmental disinfection are the lowest incidence rates for the past 10 years and were sustained for 22 months


UK hospitals flagged for poor cleanliness and infection control

Hospitals in Northern England marked down for handling of C diff cases


Hospital's security a coordinated effort

Security focus at Froedtert Hospital starts with hospital leadership



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