Safety - May 2016

What healthcare facility professionals need to know about the 2012 Life Safety Code

CMS has adopted the 2012 edition of NFPA 101: Life Safety Code® through a new rule changing its Conditions of Participation


Hospital workers prep with earthquake simulator

To prepare for 'the big one,' a Canadian hospital used the Shake Zone to replicate an earthquake


Surgical equipment safety issues remain at Ann Arbor VA

Six months after particulate matter on surgical equipment temporarily stopped surgeries, concerns are again being raised


Clearing the air around hospitals

A collaboration in Charlotte, N.C., reduces air pollution at two medical construction sites


Mass. hospital equips some staff with walkie-talkies to call for help

OSHA told the for-profit psychiatric hospital to equip its staff with panic buttons and improve staffing levels


Protecting healthcare workers from Zika during birth process

Birthing process exposes healthcare staff to patients’ body fluids


Healthcare facility staff called key to patient safety

NPSF president says patient safety initiatives are everybody's business


N.Y. bill would give healthcare facilities' security officers peace officer status

Bassett Healthcare Network’s security staff will be given certain powers while on hospital and clinic grounds or immediately adjacent properties


N.Y. adult care facilities reviewing security after robbery

Emergency room at the Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport robbed by armed man


N.Y. healthcare facility resident contracts Legionnaires' disease

A resident at an Auburn facility has tested positive for Legionnaires' disease and trace amounts of legionella have been detected in the water system there


Healthcare video surveillance balances security and privacy

Footage captures anesthesiologist removing drug vials, but also exposes many female patients


Washington boosting healthcare facilities' security after escapes

Two patients escaped and another two went missing from the state's psychiatric hospitals in one week


NIST design guide could impact healthcare cybersecurity

NIST released a guide for IT developers on integrating security measures into the development process


Strategic dispenser placement key for hospital hand hygiene

Research shows that hand-hygiene dispensers have an impact on compliance rates


Maintaining clear visibility in the OR

Smoke, fog and debris impede a surgeon's view


Hospital's surveillance cameras identify woman stealing baby

A woman turned herself in to police after allegedly stealing a newborn baby from Louisiana hospital


Visuals show where to place hand-sanitizer dispensers in healthcare facilities

When it comes to hand sanitizer dispensers, location matters more than quantity


Creating a patient watch program

Appropriate staffing, training, collaboration and contract language can help ensure the safety of patients, clinicians and security officers


Benefits of wireless access control in a healthcare facility

Key cards, PINs, passwords and biometrics are just a few of the options available


Cross-contamination prevention tips

Infection preventionists discuss top infection threats and solutions


Nursing homes working to protect wandering dementia patients

Two Eastern Iowa facilities faced combined fines of $17,000 last year for allowing residents to wander away


An 18-year-old invents copper pajamas to fight MRSA

10 million MRSA bacteria on a copper surface will shrink to 0 in an hour


Meet the microbes living on your hospital floor

While hospitals maintain strict protocols for minimizing infections and the spread of microbes, facility managers may be overlooking a prime area of concern


NFPA to offer life safety specialist certification for healthcare facility professionals

Certification recognizes advanced knowledge of life safety in healthcare; code compliance in facilities


Integrating security into healthcare design

Security plans for individual healthcare facilities should begin before a project even breaks ground


CMS publishes final rule on fire safety requirements for certain healthcare facilities

The rule adopts updated provisions of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code (LSC) as well as provisions of the NFPA’s 2012 edition of the Health Care Facilities Code.


Video games used in hospital safety training

Hospital staff will be trained using goggles that allow them to see the computer-generated facility 360 degrees around them


Review of the HHS/CMS fire safety requirements completed

The proposed rule would incorporate much of the 2012 NFPA codes, but also makes exceptions


Researchers develop an anti-biofilm nano coating

Coating can prevent destructive bacterial biofilm from forming on metal surfaces


Boston hospital security officers 'armed' for on-site ODs

Security officers carry opiate antidote so they can save the lives of drug users who overdose



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