Safety - February 2015

Q&A on positive latching doors

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


Design considerations for biocontainment units

Design should provide safety and peace of mind to caregivers, while facilitating staff efficiency and patient-centered care


Major Pakistani hospitals lack fire safety equipment

Public sector hospitals in Karachi require safety equipments and other rescue measures


Accreditation surveys offer lessons in compliance

AAAHC has analyzed compliance data from surveys to identify the accreditation standards with which organizations struggle


Important hospital patient safety supplies

Article lists five tools, supplies and resources hospitals need to have to ensure patient safety


Cornwall hospital reopens after safety problems

Stratton Community Hospital reopens after safety repairs


San Diego hospitals fined for safety lapses

Two facilities were cited after an investigation found the facilities had dangerous practices in place that caused or likely caused serious injury or death to patients


Managing long-term costs of infection control

Healthcare organizations are looking for ways to better prepare facilities for potential pandemics and widespread viral outbreaks


Life Safety Code Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about the process CMS uses to adopt a new edition of the Life Safety Code


Ice machines can be toxic breeding grounds

If commercial ice machines aren't regularly emptied and cleaned, biofilm can form and turn the bin into a low-tech bio-breeding ground


Designing for infection control after Ebola scare

The healthcare community is taking advantage of renewed awareness of the importance of infection prevention to educate each other on infection control


Access control systems can boost security, workflow for healthcare facilities

New technology allows an authorized user to open locked cabinets and other access points throughout a facility with a single swipe card, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Fire disables Maryland cardiac lab

Lab at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air suffered major damage after an electrical fire


Most hospitals not protecting nurses from injuries

There are more than 35,000 back and other injuries among nursing employees every year


Hospital's active shooter drill offers lessons to other facilities

Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla exercise designed to maximize survival in emergency situations


Fire door smoke detectors Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about fire door smoke detectors


Focus on Ebola leaves gap in attention to other outbreaks

In survey, 79 percent reported that such focus reduced capacity to prepare for other disease threats


Risk assessment toolkit developed

The Center for Health Design is completing a three-year grant project to develop a proactive risk assessment tool for facility design, according to an article on the Behavioral Healthcare website


Hazard vulnerability assessment is a valuable design tool

HVAs are one method of measuring the probability of certain hazards


Investigations help curb accidents

Accident investigations are done to identify contributing factors that led up to the event, according to an article on the Long-Term Living website


Can Disney MagicBands work for hospitals?

A MagicBand could replace patients' ID bracelets and allow patients to hold up their wrist to open doors or check into new areas


Website offers resources to reduce healthcare facilities risk

Safety Central includes flyers, videos, articles and resources


2015 AIA Institute honors Texas urgent care center

Legacy ER & Urgent Care recognized in the healthcare category


California considers allowing cameras in senior care facilities

State may allow some form of videotaping in assisted living facilities


A human hospital infrastructure can save lives

Safeguards within a healthcare facility infrastructure can bring better outcomes, better patient safety and cost reductions


New technologies measure hand-washing compliance

More accurate readings often lead to discouraging numbers - or a 'new baseline'


Hospital reviews ligature hazards after patient's hanging

Inspectors found ligature risks months before incident at Bootham Park Hospital


N.Y. hospital fined for exposing workers to bloody, soiled laundry

New York Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center hit with more than $201K in violations


What hospitals do to keep facility secure

Facilities say procedures and protocols are in place to help protect both the public and staff members


Proper hand hygiene depends on the right tools, methods

Not all hand-washing methods and soaps are the same


New fabric to prevent cross-contamination

Anti-microbial textile provides protection against the transmission of infection in healthcare facilities


Security increased after nurse is wounded in shooting at Los Angeles clinic

Facility on MLK Jr. Community Hospital campus will install metal detectors


Portable fire extinguishers Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about portable fire extinguishers


University students build a device to monitor hand washing in hospitals

Northern Arizona University students develop tech to curb hospital infections


Joint Commission offers Ebola resources for laboratories, healthcare facilities

Lab Focus issue available for download on website


Can there be too much hospital security?

Facilities question whether their security plans are enough - or too much



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