Safety - February 2016

Research says no disinfectants completely remove bacterial biofilms from water lines

Study found the disinfectants recommended by water line manufacturers don't actually shift all the bacteria


Q&A on waste containers

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about waste containers


NFMT session to address compliance training of hospital employees for infection control

The 2016 National Facilities Management & Technology event offers three full days of education, speakers, networking with peers, and a giant expo hall. All for free.


Deadly crash reveals healthcare facilities are using old aircraft to transport patients

Light planes using piston engines instead of the safer modern turbines are still being used by Australian healthcare facilities


Keys to effectively plan for emergencies

The older adults living in care communities are vulnerable in emergency situations


Red Teams can enhance hospital security

Red Teams can evaluate campus protection measures and challenge assumptions


Designing compliant hospital pharmacies

USP 797 sterile compounding regulations will require planning


Bacteria-killing paint may be a passive weapon against HAIs

Claims are similar to that made by copper, which has become known for its ability to kill bacteria


Safety/risk debated with more hospital guards armed

Man seeking help for mental illness shot in Texas hospital


Safe showers and water temperature key to senior facility safety

Among the top 10 issues for long-term care facilities is non-compliance with codes that require automatic temperature control of water used in resident bathrooms


Inquest into Legionella death finds hospital failed to keep water supply safe

Testing by Public Health England found the Royal United Hospital water supply ward was contaminated with Legionella


Creating a safer healthcare facility

Leaders urged to work with staff who design and care for the hospital


Hospital security guards want power to detain or restrain violent patients

Australian security professionals express concerns about staff numbers, job training and hospital safety


Infographic: Understanding and preventing hospital-acquired infections

Graphic identifies the people who are at the greatest risk of contracting a HAI, what factors increase the risk of being infected, and how to prevent the most abundant HAIs


Healthcare worker hand size can impact infection control efforts

Size can affect bacterial load, product effectiveness


Q&A on egress hardware

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about egress hardware


Is your healthcare facility helipad good to go?

The hospital helipad should not be treated as just a slab of concrete


Santa Clara area hospitals gearing up for Super Bowl fans

Game traditionally brings at least 20 percent more E.R. traffic


Hospitals launch creative campaigns to improve hand hygiene

Efforts include installation of equipment, education and tracking


A tracking system can improve infection control

Lapses in infection control procedures — including cleaning and disinfection, and hand hygiene — were common at the affected clinics


ER shooting sparks security concerns at Tampa Bay hospital

Patient fatally shoots himself at Brooksville Regional Hospital after being involved in car accident.


Medical device and pharmaceutical regulations focus on patient safety

New rules emphasize safety in the supply chain


Q&A on endoscopy ventilation requirements

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about endoscopy ventilation requirements


Plain language replacing color-coded alerts at some hospitals

Inconsistency of color-coded system led to confusion



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