Safety - August 2014

Child killed by security golf cart in hospital parking lot

Three-year-old was hit by vehicle driven by Aiken Regional Medical Center security guard


White paper on antimicrobial protection available

'Antimicrobial Protection for Public Building Applications' can be downloaded for free


Experts question hospital infection-control policies

Screening and isolating infected patients not proven effective


Probe finds hospital security not properly trained after man jumps to his death

The St. Luke's University Hospital security guard had not been fully trained in monitoring patients, according to Pennsylvania state investigation


Maryland hospital trains for emergency drill

Statewide exercise tests rapid response during an earthquake


Optimizing hospital security with identity management software

Need for security must be balanced with the individual's need to easily move about the hospital


Study says C. diff patients will contaminate some staff

Healthcare workers urged to take extra precautions


Study says health workers exposed to high levels of antibacterial soap chemical

Effects of potentially unsafe levels of triclosan under review by the Food and Drug Administration


Minnesota Security Hospital under scrutiny

OSHA fines hospital for unsafe work environment


Preventing common hospital accidents

Ensure facility workers remember dangers by recognizing some of the most common hazards in your environment


Century-old trees to be removed from Georgia hospital

Trees at Gwinnett Hospital declared unsafe after storm


Infection control recommendations for Ebola questioned

Healthcare Coalition for Emergency Preparedness says CDC issuing contradictory guidelines


Video shows flood waters burst through Nebraska hospital

Good Samaritan Hospital surveillance footage shows the flash flood waters burst through the cafeteria


Study compares hand hygiene and environmental cleaning

Hand-hygiene compliance outperformed cleaning in infection control


Georgia medical center working to balance gun law, safety

Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014 will likely mean guns can be brought onto the hospital campus


OSHA updates respiratory protection directive for hazardous chemicals

Employers may be cited for violating the OSHA standard even when workers are voluntarily wearing filtering facepiece respirators


OSHA cites Brooklyn hospital over violence to employees

Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center told to implement a workplace violence prevention program immediately


Pennsylvania hospital found noncompliant after patient jumps from window

St. Luke's University Hospital-Bethlehem was not compliant with certain safety regulations


Nebraska hospital hit with severe flooding

Flood waters at Kearney's Good Samaritan Hospital broke through the two-story ground-to-ceiling windows of the dining room


Hand-sanitizer dispenser's color can increase hygiene compliance

A recent study showed that bright red hand-sanitizer dispensers can increase hand-hygiene compliance in hospitals


Study says flashing lights increase hand hygiene

Hand-hygiene compliance at one hospital doubled after flashing red lights were placed on hand sanitizer dispensers


Bed rail entrapment linked to mattress size, loose rails

Irish study says poorly sized or compressible mattresses may increase risk, according to an article on the Long-Term Living website


Life Safety Code for IT closets

According to the 2000 Life Safety Code (LSC), there are no requirements to do so


Smoke detector Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about smoke detectors in IT closets


Delhi hospitals cited for inadequate fire-safety measures

Problems were primarily with non-functioning fire fighting systems


Building deficiencies found at Maine hospital

Building safety codes issues found at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport


Nursing home worker alleges she wasn't warned of shooter drill

Nurse says she was traumatized after she was 'taken hostage' during safety exercise


Dozens of Alberta health facilities lack fire sprinklers

More than 80 facilities are not equipped with sprinklers and another 50 only have sprinklers in some areas


Infection prevention recommendations for Ebola patients

Standard, contact and droplet precautions are recommended by the CDC for management of hospitalized patients with known or suspected Ebola Viral Disease


New CMS regulations could mean changes for healthcare facilities

A key change would involve a requirement that 'high-rise' buildings be sprinklered throughout


Minnesota hospital stops to increase patient safety

Rice Memorial Hospital uses red stop sign to indicate a no-interuption zone


Ventilation checks Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about ventilation-check frequency


Physician shoots armed patient at Philadelphia hospital

Facility policy allows only on-duty law enforcement officers to bringing weapons onto the campus



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