Maintenance and Operations - May 2015

North Florida Regional Medical Center tailors guest services program to meet patient needs

Center needed a partner to handle some guest service responsibilities so security personnel could focus solely on securing the hospital


Welsh Hospital cited for kitchen, hygiene failings

Out-of-date food and bad hand hygiene found at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Denbighshire


Tips for infectious-waste disposal

Facility found that more than 50 percent of items disposed of as infectious waste would fall into the general waste category


Damaged mattresses can be infection traps

Infographic shows potential risks hiding beneath the linen


Holiday decorations perk up long-term care facilities

Frequently updated decorations on bulletin boards are seasonal reminders of upcoming holidays and make the facility more festive for the residents, according to an article on the Long-term Living website


Benefits of a master plan

A healthcare facility master plan can lay the groundwork for more efficient operations and building systems, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Pest thresholds key for healthcare facilities

Expectations and environment also must come into play when working to improve a pest management program


NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital coordinates fire and life safety inspections throughout six campuses

Coordination effort needed to support organizational goals and to ensure compliance with outside agency regulations


Healthcare facilities focusing on hotel-quality service

Hospitals are borrowing fundamentals from the hospitality industry to improve patient experience


Ohio nursing facility moving toward restaurant-style food service

Staffing several kitchens throughout the facility adds the ability to serve more varieties of food at the proper temperature


Just-in-time buying can control supply chain costs

But some say it's too risky to keep inventories lean


Identifying sustainable operations needs in healthcare facilities

Sustainable operations pushes the organization to operate healthier facilities that reduce healthcare costs and promote a healthy community


Human observation boosts hand-hygiene compliance

Researchers observe a significant influence among healthcare workers in an ICU


Healthcare facilities electrical safety standards guide revised

Manual on healthcare technology management and facilities engineering has undergone a major update


Master planning key to growth or consolidation

Case studies of Boston Medical Center and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center show master planning is become a far more complex process than ever before, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website



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