Maintenance and Operations - April 2016

Non-emergency patients steered away from Dubai hospital’s new ER

Patients are encouraged to use non-emergency healthcare facilities for minor conditions


Patient meals declared a safety issue at N.Z. hospital

Poor quality of patient meals has become a staff safety issue in mental health wards


Going tobacco free can be hard for healthcare facilities

Enforcing a tobacco-free policy that prohibits people from using tobacco in healthcare facilities and on campus grounds can be complicated


New air balance manual includes chapter on testing, balancing healthcare facilities

The manual details the minimum standards for total system balance, assists design professionals in achieving design intent and ensures that proper methods and procedures are followed


Factors to consider when choosing a venue for healthcare training

Infographic describes seven factors to consider when choosing a venue for healthcare training


Warming cabinets updated

New features promote safety, convenience


Guide focuses on how hospital's physical environment can impact patient experience

American Society for Healthcare Engineering develops report to educate hospital leaders on ways to improve HCAHPS scores


Monetizing outpatient facility holdings

Hospitals and healthcare systems are reconsidering the value of their real estate


Va. VA medical center told to improve cleanliness, training

Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond should improve in various areas, according to VA inspector


Hospital's new food service hitting snags

Brantford General Hospital started a new method of heating and serving meals to patients


Benefits of partnering with suppliers

Benefits are lost when healthcare facility leaders and vendors don't develop the customer relationship into a partnership


A strategy for proper exchange carts usage

It is unsafe to return unused linens on exchange carts from the hospital to the laundry plant


"Cleaning' hospital food

Stanford Health Care menu features items you'd expect from a high-end restaurant


Evaluating the value proposition of project vendors

A vendor management system can provide clear scope definition, contractual rights, a cost structure, a payment mechanism and a dispute resolution process


Waiver and equivalency confusion

There are often questions about the process to submit waiver and equivalency requests


OR/procedure room cleaning checklists available

Researchers found only 25 percent of OR surfaces targeted in a study had been cleaned thoroughly


All areas of healthcare facilities need air purification

Waiting rooms and restrooms don’t always receive the same level of attention as patient and operating rooms


Waiting room signage keeps families informed

Electronic medical records system can help to keep those in the waiting room informed and occupied


Hospital cafeteria upgrades focus on health, improved experience

Hospital kitchens hiring away restaurant chefs


Modesto hospital disinfects rooms with robotic housekeeper

‘Germinator’ eliminates superbugs on surfaces



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