Maintenance and Operations - June 2016

Healthcare facility retrofits deliver bottom-line benefits

Project challenges amplified by the need to protect the health and safety of patients


Hospital constantly updates disaster-response plans

Indiana healthcare facility is becoming a verified level 3 trauma center


Plumbing systems should be simple and reliable

Know the requirements and technical challenges of the healthcare facility plumbing system


Healthcare furniture getting techie

Some new products can monitor patients, facilitate maintenance


Patient warming methods/equipment tested

Forced air, heat reflective technology and warmed cotton blankets were compared


Rethinking women’s healthcare facilities

The differences between men and women go beyond reproductive roles


Many hospitals are banning flowers, balloons and stuffed animals

Some gifts are no longer welcome in many hospitals working to reduce the risks of infection and allergic reactions


Connecticut hospital uses a rooftop garden, local farming to boost patient satisfaction

New Milford Hospital champions food as preventive medicine


Preparing for an accreditation survey

Ways to reduce stress when the surveyor comes


Eye care clinic's ultraviolet light systems prevent hospital acquired infections; promote IAQ

UV surface disinfection in St. Luke's Cataract & Laser Institute's surgery rooms and HVAC systems protect patients from infection during eye operations


ICU noise levels can exceed standards

A new study shows that noise in the intensive care unit can go well above recommended levels


Water restrictions, testing for legionella continue at N.Y. healthcare facility

Engineered filters on all shower heads, bottled water and bagged ice are being used


Hospitals with the quietest patient rooms

Data tracks HCAHPS surveys from July 2014 through June 2015


White paper addresses healthcare facility cost-shifting

Three factors are impacting current state of healthcare services delivery



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