Safety - April 2016

Children banned from hospital's roof garden due to safety fears

Use of the roof top garden in the specialist unit on Scotland's Queen Elizabeth University Hospital site had to be banned amid fears it was dangerous for patients and people walking below


Violence-plagued Minnesota hospital on lockdown after man threatens self-immolation

Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center has been seeking funding to bring violence and a rash of workplace injuries under control


What can behavioral healthcare facilities do to reduce workplace violence?

Established policies and procedures can foster safety, according to an article on the Behavioral Healthcare


U.K. care village cited for failure to make improvements

A Scunthorpe care village that was branded 'inadequate' by health inspectors last September has failed to make improvements


FDA increases estimate of scope-related infections

Food and Drug Administration says the number is closer to 350


Q&A on emergency outlet locations

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


Texas A&M releases recommendations on 'campus carry' law

System officials still want to ban firearms in certain parts of campus, including healthcare facilities


GAO focuses on violence in healthcare settings

Government Accountability Office (GAO) report recommends actions to address violence directed at the healthcare workers


Fall prevention standards called potential game changer

The healthcare industry has the highest percentage of accident claim costs associated with falls


Coordinated response urged for emerging superbug

Simulation shows coordinated efforts prevented more than 75 percent of the infections


Washington hospital reports infection control breach

Sterilization misstep at PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview potentially exposed 260 patients


Healthcare system's ransomware attack allowed by known security flaw

Last month’s attack on MedStar Health’s computer systems came through a well-known security vulnerability in an application server


Ebola virus discovered after high-isolation unit is cleaned

Findings stress the importance of thorough terminal disinfection


Joint Commission updates emergency management info after Brussels attack

Portal now includes a new resource under the Violence/Security/Active Shooter section


Campaign targets hazardous smoke from ORs

Surgical smoke produced in operating rooms as a byproduct of medical devices is hazardous to clinicians


Q&A on lower bottom rods

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about lower bottom rods


Safety upgrades urged for psychiatric hospital

Minnesota governor urges legislators to pay for upgrades and staffing increases after staff injuries


Cleaning GI scopes with steam sterilization

A shift in endoscope reprocessing from high-level disinfection to steam sterilization is urged


Healthcare facilities laundry breach infection control tests

More than a quarter of laundry in NHS Lanarkshire breaches infection control tests


Hospitals urged to avoid antimicrobial furnishings

Health Care Without Harm suggests seeking more evidence on the safety and efficacy of furnishings containing antimicrobials


Q&A on locks on cable on sprinkler pipe

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about cable on sprinkler pipe


Texas health system switches to private security force

Good Shepherd said its private security staff has made 'significant progress'


Improving healthcare facility security

Healthcare providers must adhere to regulations for security systems to protect patient privacy


Temple University Hospital employees douse a fire in a patient's room

Patient in a double room set his mattress on fire and walked out of the room


Q&A on locks on ABC dry powder fire extinguishers

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about ABC dry powder fire extinguishers


Study says hospital air helps spread bacteria

Bacterial resistance to antibiotics poses a serious challenge to infection control


U.K. hospital plans investigation after patient climbs onto roof

Patient from mental health unit climbed onto the roof before being coaxed down three hours later



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