Safety - January 2016

Five moments when hand hygiene compliance needs to be a priority

Research shows every day one in 25 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection


Study finds C. diff. raises patient costs by 40 percent

Results showed that the infection costs an average of $7,285 more for each infected patient


Key control technology can enhance security in healthcare facilities

Physical key control and management systems can control the perimeter and interior doors


Pedestrian traffic in Montreal healthcare facility parking lot raises safety concerns

The emergency exit is not designed for heavy volume of pedestrians


New safety measures to be implemented to prevent suicide at Irish hospital

Anti-ligature products will be installed throughout the Waterside Hospital at Gransha


OSHA gives Brigham & Women's list of ways to improve safety

A year after a doctor was killed inside the facility, some staffers have concerns about safety


Aurora Health Care to invest $40 million in sports research center

Aurora will invest in Marquette University's Athletic Performance Research Center on its Milwaukee campus


Providers respond as hospital violence incidents rise

Plans include moving any potential weapons away from a patient's room to additional training for security officers


Q&A on eyewash station locations

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about eyewash station locations


Idaho healthcare facility tests active shooter response

St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls conducted an emergency drill to practice an active shooter situation


Understanding design's role in patient falls

A team from Texas Tech University decided to view fall phenomena from a biomechanical perspective, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Is your healthcare facility's security just on the surface?

Hospitals can’t afford to have security that looks good but doesn’t actually provide protection


Healthcare facilities need physical safeguards for healthcare data security

Physical safeguards serve as a primary line of defense from potential threats


Hospital security guards fired for removing violent patient from E.R.

When the guards restrained the patient — who had just shot a police officer and another guard — and forced him outside, he fell back and hit the pavement.


Preparing skilled nursing facilities for emergencies

New survey data says some nursing homes are not as prepared as they should be for natural disasters and emergencies, according to an article on the Long-term Living website


Q&A on fire extinguisher maintenance

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


D.C. hospital patient's death after altercation with guards ruled a homicide

Two hospital security officers have been placed on leave pending the investigation


Strategies to decrease healthcare workplace violence

Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that from 2002 to 2013 incidents of serious workplace violence were, on average, four times more common in healthcare than in private industry


New year's hot topics involve managing and mitigating risks

Healthcare facilities professionals have a range of physical environment issues to watch


Children's hospital reviews security after parents OD

Mother dies after injecting heroin in 7-month old daughter's hospital room, father arrested


Q&A on suite entrance doors

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


London hospitals install sanitizing door handles

Handle ensures users sanitize their hands as they open the door


Bill takes aim at nurses' workplace injuries

Legislation would force employers to develop systems to reduce hazards


Hospital conducts infectious disease drill

Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, Maine, tests the hospital’s emergency operation plan


Gun discharges in MRI at VA hospital

It was not clear what steps the hospital takes to prevent patients for taking metal objects into MRI rooms


Initiative seeks to protect healthcare facility staffs against assault

NHS Protect, National Police Chiefs’ Council and Crown Prosecution Service partner to promote safety


Healthcare facility safety bill called a win for nurses

U.S. lawmakers introduce the Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act


Healthcare facilities stepping up electronic security

HIPAA compliance has created the need for additional access control and video surveillance in sensitive areas of the hospital



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