Maintenance and Operations - February 2016

Phoenix VA postpones surgeries due to mechanical issues

Crews worked to fix a problem with the ventilation system and engineers need two or three days to complete a full evaluation of all the mechanical systems supporting the operating rooms


Expanded scope cleaning process comes with higher costs

Virginia Mason Medical Center has revamped its practices to avoid another breakout


Cubicle curtains come with infection issues

How to clean and how often to change them can be a problem


Going from management to leadership

Leadership implies helping and aiding others to achieve something greater


Divide and conquer for better OR cleaning

Dividing the room into assigned zones keeps staff focused


Hospital laundry contract awarded to company caught drying garments in the open air

South African health department hoping to use the company’s poor performance to terminate the contracts


Investigation finds serious sanitary issues at Pa. nursing homes

Inspection reports from the Department of Health show a long list of violations including live maggots found in a resident’s feeding tube


Hospitals with the unhealthiest food options

A new report names the worst hospital food environments in the nation


Hospital uses steam to boost food choices, reduce waste

'Steamplicity' technology uses a pressure valve, which produces steam-cooked meals


Throwback Thursday photo highlights '70s laundry co-op

N.D. hospitals partner to solve their laundry problems


Safety/risk debated with more hospital guards armed

Man seeking help for mental illness shot in Texas hospital


Today’s healthcare facility leader needs to be flexible

For accountable care organization, the traditional approach to the facility has already begun to change


Industry benefiting from laundry's growing importance in healthcare

Hospital-acquired infections and increased outpatient usage are contributing to the increased demand for the linens


Protecting healthcare facilities from bed bugs

More than a third of pest management companies reported treating a healthcare facility for bed bugs in 2014


New digital-first hospital plagued by people problems

Technological aspects success as disputes arise in cleaning staff


Keys to maintenance excellence

Four-part series on FacilityCare website will cover seven key factors for maintenance excellence



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