Safety - September 2014

Hospital pillows can harbor pathogens

Thirty-eight percent of pillows retained infection-causing pathogens after disinfection


Experts say US hospitals unprepared for Ebola waste

Waste management companies are refusing to haul away the soiled sheets and Ebola virus-spattered protective gear


Minneapolis hospital reportedly used unsterilized equipment

Abbott Northwestern hospital use potentially dangerous instruments in four surgeries


Broken bed alarm blamed in patient's death

Man died after he became disoriented and left his hospital room at UCSD Medical Center


Best hand-hygiene practices for a healthcare facility

Proper hand washing can help healthcare workers fight germs, bacteria and disease


UAE hospitals don't spend enough on infection control

Experts say that healthcare managers are reluctant to spend spend money on infection control because they don't receive direct revenue from the investment


Control valve tamper switches Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about control valve tamper switches


Healthcare center blamed for man's mushroom poisoning

Family says Cordilleras Mental Health Facility neglected to maintain a safe environment


CDC issues Ebola checklist

Review of environmental services protocols suggested


Nurses demand more ER security personnel

Nurses at Tri-City Medical Center call for a range of reforms


Color-coded sheets to aid to infection control efforts

New Delhi hospitals to end use of white linens


Irish hospital removes religious statues for infection control

The removal of two religious statues from wards at Gorey District Hospital tied to health and safety concerns


Faulty CCTV system prevents hospital assault probe

Internal security system at Galway University Hospital problematic despite large investment


Preparedness key to containing outbreaks

The evolution of prevention and protocols in Canadian healthcare industry are keeping pace


FEMA offers resources for digital disaster prep

Agency app includes access to disaster safety tips, an emergency kit list, emergency meeting location information and a map with open shelters


Healthcare systems move away from flame retardants in furniture

Advocate Health Care, Beaumont Health System, Hackensack University Medical Center and University Hospitals will stop purchasing furniture treated with flame retardant chemicals


Ambulance staff says hospital ramping could have fatal consequences

Ambulance Employees Association complains of persistent ramping at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia


Videos push hand hygiene

Videos from CDC, others encourage hand-washing at healthcare facilities


Managing waterborne infection risks

Hospitalized patients at high risk for infection should avoid exposure to hospital water and use sterile water instead


Flammable liquid storage Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about the storage of flammable liquids


Military offers lessons for dealing with mass casualties

Iraq and Afghanistan show five ways hospitals can prepare for attacks, disasters


Ohio hospital postpones surgeries for cleaning issues

Adena Regional Medical Center postponed surgeries until further notice after the operating room team found staining on surgical towels


Complying with proposed fire safety regulation changes

CMS's proposed adoption of the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code to simplify fire safety compliance


Ebola survivor says supply shortage puts hospital staff at risk

Lack of hazard suits and other supplies called a danger to doctors and nurses safe


Preventing common health facility accidents

Keeping workers from becoming complacent about safety rules key


Hospital parking changes raise safety concerns

Parking to be banned on streets around facility


Linen chute door Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about linen chute doors


California hospitals prepare for Ebola while stressing low risk

Recommendations for hospitals include private rooms for patients and protective coverings for staff


Is your hospital earthquake ready?

California law's goal is not just that hospitals remain structurally sound after an earthquake - they must remain operational


HAIs finding new routes of transmission

Hospital computers, cell phones and other new technologies carrying infections


Key hand-hygiene strategies include easy access to sanitizer

When hand hygiene products are easy to access, compliance with requirements improves


Ebola guidance for environmental infection control released

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released an interim guidance


N.Y. hospital focuses on worker safety

Rome Memorial Hospital initiatives have resulted in a 29 percent reduction in workplace injuries


Violence in hospitals called rare but difficult to stop

South Jersey hospitals have had three incidents of fatal gunfire this year



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