Maintenance and Operations - January 2015

Common healthcare cost cutting mistakes

Not investing in equipment can backfire


Walmart is getting retail healthcare right

They have a better understanding than traditional healthcare providers of what patients really want, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Healthier healthcare interiors trends

Innovative organizations are using an intentional approach to avoid products, services and materials that can have negative impacts


Burst pipe damages Virginia hospital

Hospital maintenance staff works to clean up the water damage in the Halifax Regional Hospital cafeteria


Idaho behind on inspecting health facilities

There is a backlog of 275 overdue surveys and 135 open complaints awaiting investigation


Future of the healthcare supply chain

Data is the key to unlocking the supply chain challenges facing the industry


Alberta hospital infrastructure called years behind because of neglect

New Democratic Party says patients and healthcare workers is at risk because the government has neglected hospital infrastructure for years


Sprinklers in air handlers Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about sprinklers in air handlers


Lighting choices can improve patient experience and bottom line

LED lighting offers controllability and energy efficiency


Hospitals' fried chicken tradition at odds with health mission

'Fried Chicken Wednesdays' are popular with the community and the hospital's bottom line, but at odds with its healthy philosophy


Broken water main floods Pontiac hospital

The emergency room at McLaren Hospital in Pontiac, Mich., closed to new patients after an overnight water main break caused flooding


Occupant load calculation Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about occupant load calculation


Lighting can improve patient experience

Aesthetic lighting can also positively impact staff attitudes


Military jet transformed into a flying hospital

Boeing C-17 Globemaster III turned into a flying triage unit so doctors can stabilize, monitor and give soldiers high-level care


New Mexico court says 'Wet Floor' sign is a safety device

The court said the term 'safety device' must be given a broad interpretation


Ebola offers lessons for facilities

Hand-washing, personal protective equipment and pristine techniques central to infection control


Healthcare facilities 2015 and beyond

Real estate and facilities services will see changes in products, delivery models and relationships


Humidity in sterile storage rooms Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about humidity in sterile storage rooms


Four Kansas facilities recognized for new food and beverage policies

Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation recognizes facilities for providing healthier food options


Ontario hospital receives funding for equipment improvements

Funds will help enhance services in long-term rehabilitation and complex continuing care


Floor care issues explained

Proper training an equipment can minimize potential problems


Medicare cuts payments to 721 hospitals for hospital-acquired conditions

The HAC Program is aimed at reducing preventable harm to patients by penalizing the 25 percent of hospitals with the highest rates


Farm-to-bed cooking gaining ground

More hospitals maintaining own farms to feed patients


South Brisbane hospital fixing glitches after complaints

Lady Cilento Children's Hospital working on access to food adequate transportation


Copper bedrails may fight hospital infections

A study of the effects of copper-alloy surfaces in U.S. hospitals shows promising results



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