Safety - July 2015

Florida hospital sewage leak threatened patient safety

Venice Regional Bayfront Health's response to a large sewage leak at the hospital called inadequate


Savannah hospital has system to prep for hurricanes

St. Joseph's/Candler tracks hurricanes while coordinating efforts with other groups


Women impersonating staff rob N.C. nursing home residents

Two women who wore hospital scrubs allegedly stole jewelry from residents at two Cary retirement communities earlier this month


Q&A on security cameras in stairwells

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question on security cameras in stairwells


Layered security and internal access controls for healthcare facilities

Each security layer is designed to delay an intruder or attacker as long as possible


Command centers are a planning necessity

A hospital command center should be set up for internal or external emergencies that would impact the facility's ability to provide patient care


Maintaining a barrier management protocol in place

With a protocol in place, a healthcare facility is less vulnerable to vender mistakes


Health industry not adopting worker safety protocols

Report says that hospital executives have no plan of action for lowering injuries to nurses


Q&A on blood draws in behavioral health corridors

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question on blood draws in behavioral health corridors


Fall prevention technology issues to consider

New products should be balanced with a complete fall prevention strategy


Uzbekistan hospitals focus on safety and resilience

WHO/Europe is helping train national experts in applying the Hospital Safety Index


Safety issues raised soon after Australia hospital opening

Serious problems, including food safety issues, were reported at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital


Alarm system fails in U.K. hospital fire

Patients and staff were evacuated from Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary following a fire as an alarm system failed


Cameras in nursing homes popular with families

Nursing homes worried that cameras could compromise what little privacy and dignity residents have left


33 staff at Oregon hospital hit by norovirus

Outbreak sickened more than 30 people working in the pediatric intensive-care unit of Doernbecher Children's Hospital


Texas hospital increases security after two employees robbed

Two employees were robbed at gunpoint while sitting outside Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital in Humble


Q&A on sprinkler testing certification

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question on sprinkler testing certification


Illinois hospitals prepare for tornadoes

Staffs monitor local weather and revisit and practice their emergency plans


Thief dressed as hospital employee robs patient in hospital room

Elderly patient in Bridgeton, Mo., robbed of jewelry, purse


Illinois considers in-room security cameras for nursing homes

Illinois would become the fourth state in the U.S. to allow video and audio monitoring devices in nursing homes


Fire service orders UK hospital to improve safety

Serious concerns relate to fire proofing materials in the hospital which do not meet the required 60-minute protection standard


OSHA healthcare inspections to target common injury causes

The agency is expanding its use of enforcement resources in hospitals and nursing homes


Report says hospital food can be a hazard

Hospital patients with special dietary needs could have allergic reactions or swallowing problems


Pennsylvania hospitals boost patient security

Monongahela Valley, Uniontown hospitals implement new technology and increase visitor security policies


Hospitals considering patient lifts face challenges

Retrofitting rooms with ceiling-mounted lifts would increase staff use of assist equipment



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