Maintenance and Operations - February 2015

Noise levels greatly influence patient comfort

An environment that produces fewer disruptions and allows for more consistent patient rest contributes to faster recovery and lower readmission rates


Cleanliness concerns cited at Fife hospital

Inspection of U.K.'s Kirkcaldy's Victoria Hospital found dusty equipment as well as trolleys and chairs contaminated by blood and body fluids


Boston hospitals battle to keep things running during winter storms

Facilities struggle with shortages of beds, linens and transportation


Nursing home janitor and cook keep working without pay

Pair spent several days providing round-the-clock care for elderly patients after nursing home closes leaving residents behind


Executives' strategies to improve hand hygiene

Executives offered novel concepts and suggestions to modify existing strategies


New standards set for healthcare laundry facilities

Hygienically Clean Advisory Board introduces new testing protocols for certification


Probe finds some Florida hospitals have infection control issues

Investigators found several Southwest Florida hospitals falling below national standards


Handwashing leads to more worker dermatitis

Study reveals that dermatitis has increased 4.5 times in healthcare workers following increased hand-hygiene efforts


South Carolina hospitals gear up for storms

Hospitals throughout the Greenville region prepared for the worst of expected storms


Deadly tech hazards include patient-handling device errors

With the increasing use of advanced technology in hospitals comes an increasing risk of harm from misuse, according to a blog on the Forbes website


Illinois nursing home given plan to shape up

Champaign County Nursing Home in Urbana instructed to improve conditions, food service


Top eight risks in healthcare industry

Healthcare risks in South Africa analysis similar to those of worldwide peers


Dealing with water outages

Planning can help ensure an outage does not cause a hospital shut-down


EPA developing proposal for hazardous waste pharmaceuticals

Proposal will address concerns over the lack of notification requirements for those facilities that generate, handle or transport 'universal waste' pharmaceuticals


Outdoor LED signs can promote community

Signage can promote a facility's mission, enhance a sense of community and disseminate of new, timely information


Improving facility manager 'soft skills'

The ability to communicate the needs of maintenance staff to the C suite is key to promotion


$75M gift to SF General to buy equipment and technology

Some of the money will be spent on smart beds, which can provide nurses with real-time patient information


Surgeries cancelled after burst pipe floods Ontario hospital

St. Mary's Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, and it's neighbors face days of cleanup


Preventing burst pipes Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, preventing burst pipes is discussed by several plumbing professionals


Walk-in behavioral health clinics gaining popularity

The emerging trend of walk-in behavioral health facilities is providing a potentially better alternative to an emergency room visit, according to an article on the Behavioral Healthcare website


Sealed TV remotes in patient rooms cut infections

Traditional remote controls are difficult to clean and sanitize


Hospital security measures effect flower deliveries

New safety and security guidelines from the CDC and Homeland Security are changing the way flowers can be delivered to hospitals


Whole Foods may expand into healthcare

The popularity of standalone walk-in retail clinics continues to grow, with organizations often leasing space formerly occupied by stores


UCSF Medical Center offers robot-aided healthcare

Robots will haul blood samples, food, medication, biohazardous waste and other materials and supplies


Key issues for healthcare facility condition assessments

There are many things to consider before launching the FCA


Key differences between accreditation programs

Each accreditation organization conducts surveys differently



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