Facility Operations - October 2015

Popularity of telehealth continues to grow

Telehealth will provide increased healthcare services usually provided at the facility


Technology can help with life safety compliance

Maintaining compliance with The Joint Commission’s process can be challenging


Surprisingly common crimes committed in hospitals

Slide show highlights the types of incidents that hospitals might not be as well prepared for as they should


Top Calif. hospitals struggling with infection control

Federal inspections cited five Orange County hospitals nearly 100 times for infection control violations over the past five years


N.Y. hospital gets $5.4 million FEMA grant for energy upgrade

Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco operated on generators for a week after hurricane Sandy


Flexibility key to healthcare's new sustainability

A green facility's infrastructure must meet today’s and tomorrow’s compliance and operational requirements


Q&A on comingling oxygen cylinders

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about comingling oxygen cylinders


Staff can help manage healthcare noise and speech privacy

Staff and visitors can play a role by reducing the amount of noise produced in the first place


Things to consider with a clean energy plan

With an energy transformation there is not always a clear path for achieving desired results


FEMA grants N.Y. hospital $5.4 million

Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco will upgrade the hospital's electrical power system


Healthcare disaster prep should focus on kids

Disasters' effects on children may be more significant because environmental hazards may affect them more quickly


Solid surfaces choices can effect maintenance

Durability and consistent color are important factors


Healthcare can learn from Disney technology

Wearable devices can transform the customer experience


Healthcare construction waste diversion proves to be cost-effective

For a 250,000-square-foot medical facility, roughly 1.1 million pounds of materials must be removed, recycled or reused


Felician Village retirement residence improves food service programs and financial practices

The assisted living resident dining program was upgraded from a non-selective menu to selective table service and restaurant-style menus with no additional staffing or additional costs


Environmental services worker recognized for patient safety efforts

A long-time employee of Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital has been awarded for infection control work


Q&A on storage in a separation of different occupancies

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about separation of different occupancies


Reviewing Ebola waste disposal protocols

Reassessment of the efficiency of methods determined in last year's outbreak urged


'Most Connected' Hospital list released

U.S. News & World Report recognizes hospitals for their use of health IT to improve patient care


Decluttering hospital corridors

Hospitals must maintain free and unobstructed access to all exits and minimize fire risk


Hand-hygiene behaviors, attitudes affect patient experience

Ninety-three percent of healthcare facility patients and visitors agree that hand hygiene is more important in healthcare settings


California hospital adopts new trends in hospital food

Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton offering fresh and healthy choices and cooked-to-order meals


UVC light disinfection shines in the fight against HAIs in ambulatory healthcare

The new 18,000-square-foot emergency department will have 23 beds, including 14 beds for acute care


Assessing risk in behavioral healthcare facilities

The occurrence of inpatients harming themselves or others is increasing


N.J. hospital runs gunman protocol drill

Hospital employees also are trained in the health system's disaster response through computer modules


When to repair or replace medical equipment

One way to help decide whether to replace an item is the carrying cost of older equipment


Hospital's fire safety fixes to cost millions

A recent report says fire safety failures stretching back years have the potential to put staff and patients at 'intolerable risk'


UV cuts C. diff transmissions on cancer floors

Study shows that ultraviolet robots helped reduce the transmission rates by 25%


Study says chemicals, UV rays cut superbug transmissions

Using a combination of chemicals and UV light to clean patient rooms cut transmission of four major superbugs by a cumulative 30 percent


Optimizing an operating room

Small efficiencies can add up to substantial time and cost savings


Healthcare facilities avoid tripping hazards, bacteria seams in restrooms

Combination toilet/shower rooms are sometimes called universal design


Q&A on storage in a corridor

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


Telehealth expected to curb healthcare construction

CEO sees the number of hospital stays and surgeries trending down


Princeton Healthcare System invests in cost-effective energy

Facility explored non-traditional energy-efficiency solutions to increase cost savings


Ohio county considering portable hospital

Location and volunteers sought for emergency facility


Technology can improve the patient experience

Patients expect the same tech conveniences in their healthcare facility as they do in their daily lives


Adopting tech tools can advance facility professionals

Report says facility management's adoption of technology is lagging


NFPA 99 for existing facilities addresses power strips

Overlooking these requirements can be costly


Patch invented to repair hospital beds, prevent spread of infection

CleanPatch works like a Band-Aid to save healthcare facilities from prematurely replacing equipment


Salt Lake City outpatient facility installs upscale bistro

In its first year, Mountainside Cafe registered 440 daily weekday and brought in nearly $500,000


14 salmonella isangi infections reported at Detroit hospital

State health officials and Henry Ford Hospital staff are working to figure out the cause of the outbreak


Joint Commission issues alert on fall prevention

Sentinel Event Alert 55 addresses preventing falls and fall-related injuries in healthcare facilities


Infection control goes beyond hand washing

Purchasing equipment, protection during construction and preparing for disasters are part of infectious disease specialist's role


Hospital central power plant expected to save $500,000 a year

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre expects to reduce the hospital's electricity consumption by more than two-thirds


First all-digital hospital opens in Toronto

Humber River Regional Hospital described as green, lean and all digital



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