Maintenance and Operations - March 2015

ES department can boost HCAHPS scores

Electronic work-request model can improve communication and patient satisfaction


Jersey City healthcare facility has 'rampant' rodent problem

Residents and staff report mice in resident rooms, hallways and cafeteria


Computerized system can address preventive maintenance mistakes

A computerized maintenance management system and a preventive maintenance strategy can increase a building's life span, save money and reduce equipment downtime


Ice damages Pennsylvania VA healthcare center

Ice and cold damaged the recently built community health center at the VA Butler Healthcare System


Hazards found in Georgia hospital elevators

More than one-third of the elevators inside Doctors, Trinity and University hospitals, and on the Georgia Regents Health System campus, had at least one violation last year


Adapting facilities for primary care needs

Health systems are adjusting their scale and size for contracting strength with insurers, access to capital or cost-efficiencies


Merging healthcare organizations need an operational efficiencies plan

A business plan of operational efficiency is a comprehensive, action-oriented system integration plan


Oregon hospital fined for mislabeling hazardous waste

Oregon Healthy and Science University was cited for not labeling, or labeling inappropriately, hazardous waste containers in its storage facilities


EPA updates hazardous waste pharmaceuticals standards

Disposing of pharmaceuticals regulated as hazardous waste posed a problem for facilities


Surviving the Joint Commission survey

Results for any testing process are likely to be better with effective preparation


Hospitals focusing more on patient comfort

Studies suggesting comforts mean more than fancy facilities


Pest control in healthcare facilities

Locating, identifying and stopping infestations is key


Sewage spill damages patient records, floods Australian hospital ER

Sewage spilled when a drain was blocked at the Adelaide Women's and Children's Hospital in South Australia


On-site laundry can have big impact on long-term care

Laundry rooms must also comply with certain design regulations to prevent the cross-contamination of clean and soiled linens



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