Facility Operations - September 2017

Fla. healthcare facilities rush to implement new regulations

Owners have until Nov. 15 to purchase generators and enough fuel to maintain temperatures below 80 degrees for at least four days

9/29/2017


Benefits of digital signage in healthcare

Digital signage within the healthcare facility can improve the patient, visitor and staff experience

9/29/2017


Keys to defending against ransomware

Healthcare IT and hackers are moving to the cloud

9/29/2017


St. Bernards Cancer Center: Major referral hospital gets major makeover

MD-10 aircraft outfitted as mobile teching hospital

9/29/2017


Oldest patients more vulnerable during disasters

Nursing homes and other facilities are required to have preparation plans in place

9/28/2017


Orbis Flying Eye Hospital

MD-10 aircraft outfitted as mobile teching hospital

9/28/2017


Hospital in Upper Keys reopens after hurricane damage

Mariners Hospital in Tavernier evacuated its patients ahead of Irma approached and the hospital’s first floor was flooded

9/28/2017


Florida nursing home deaths blamed on preventable chaos

Only one nursing home with a power loss is known to have caused multiple deaths

9/28/2017


Puerto Rico hospitals in dire straits after Maria

Storm has left hospitals flooded, strewn with rubble and dependent on diesel generators

9/27/2017


Nursing homes call Florida gov.'s emergency deadline impractical

Nursing homes ordered have generators capable of running air conditioning in place by Nov. 15

9/27/2017


Former ER nurse backs fired security staff

Mercy Mercy Hospital Springfield fired security and ER staff for 'patient care that was not up to hospital standards even in highly tense situations'

9/27/2017


Buffalo healthcare facilities serving food fresh from the farm

Hospitals, like restaurants, are stressing homegrown, locally sourced produce

9/27/2017


Florida governor gives assisted living communities 60 days to get generators

The facilities are also required to have enough fuel to enable them to maintain comfortable temperatures for at least 96 hours following a power outage

9/26/2017


HHS offers hurricane preparation guidance

Health information management is among the topics covered

9/26/2017


Most Florida healthcare facilities were ready for Irma

Despite Hollywood horror story, most other healthcare facilities in southern Florida were prepared

9/26/2017


Design changes are causing mold and moisture building failures

There is a relationship between the HVAC and building envelope design and performance

9/26/2017


Where healthcare laundry and infection prevention meet

A healthcare facility infection preventionist must navigate the intersection where healthcare laundry and infection prevention come together

9/26/2017


Florida nursing home where 11 died had emergency plan with no mention of air conditioning

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills' plan created with copy-paste passages

9/25/2017


Emails show three Savannah hospitals backpedaled on hurricane response

Memorial Health agreed to house the medical needy

9/25/2017


HVAC experts suggest natural ventilation be allowed in most spaces outside of operating rooms

Natural ventilation is defined as the transport of fresh air through non-mechanical means, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

9/25/2017


New Orleans hospital patient infections linked to contaminated heater-cooler

Twelve patients at Children's Hospital in New Orleans contract rare SSI

9/25/2017


Florida nursing home deaths put focus on disaster planning

The new federal rule will require that nursing homes have 'alternate sources of energy to maintain temperatures to protect resident health and safety'

9/22/2017


Jacksonville-area hospitals responded to Irma with detailed emergency plans

Mayo Clinic staff, for instance, started preparing for the storm more than a week prior to experts saying the projected path would impact Florida

9/22/2017


Sewage leaking from Winnipeg hospital

A drainage pipe has been discharging raw sewage into the soil since at least spring

9/22/2017


Perth hospital considers enlisting smoking police

The six-month trial involves a dedicated security officer reminding smokers that the campus is smoke free

9/22/2017


Montana hospital water tests positive for legionella

The test was prompted after a patient tested positive for the bacteria

9/22/2017


State shuts down nursing home where 9 people died

The deaths are believed to be heat related, but still under investigation

9/21/2017


Tokyo hospital tracks equipment via RFID-enabled shelving

The technology identifies stock levels at each of its wards in real time

9/21/2017


Five years after Sandy, NYC hospitals may be ready for the next big storm

Hospitals in Texas were mostly prepared for Hurricane Harvey

9/21/2017


Second unit of Mayo food service workers vote to unionize

The workers voted by a 2-1 margin to join the union

9/21/2017


Hospital's $5.5 million asbestos problem causing safety concerns

Figure includes almost $2 million for a retrofitted air-conditioning system in the radiology department

9/21/2017


$2.5 million in medications could go bad without power at Florida clinic

The clinic serves 10,000 patients who are uninsured and working residents with chronic medical conditions

9/20/2017


9 dead at Florida nursing home left without air conditioning

Patients at a Hollywood Facility spent days in sweltering heat after Hurricane Irma

9/20/2017


Study says separating septic, aseptic operating areas unnecessary

No relevant differences were seen microbial concentration in the environmental air between septic and aseptic procedures

9/20/2017


Bacteria stays on scrubs even with antibacterial fabrics

New research shows hospital scrubs can easily be contaminated

9/20/2017


Hospital bars police officers from interacting with frontline staff following nurse's arrest

University of Utah Hospital updated its policy for police interactions the day after an officer arrested a nurse who refused to take a blood sample from an unconscious patient

9/19/2017


W.V. VA sends help to Hurricane Irma recovery efforts

The Beckley VA Medical Center has deployed a five-member team to Alabama

9/19/2017


Calibrated performance model created for hospital building

Model helps Barts Health NHS Trust assess proposed energy-conservation measures

9/19/2017


Solar power can transform healthcare in India

Solar systems at rural healthcare centers improving healthcare delivery

9/19/2017


Harvey floodwaters carry high levels of E coli, toxins

Precautions needed when returning to flooded buildings, public health experts said

9/18/2017


Florida assisted care facility sheltered in place without power for three days

As the indoor temperature climbed to the mid-80s, humidity made the hard-surfaced floors slick with condensation

9/18/2017


N.H. hospital locked down after man shoots mother dead in ICU

The active-shooter alert at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon forced evacuation

9/18/2017


Three reasons telehealth is revolutionizing outpatient recovery

A comprehensive transition program, which utilizes telehealth to engage patients as well as their respective caregivers, can help reduce readmissions

9/18/2017


Toronto hospital recognized for energy efficiency

Toronto Hydro awards Michael Garron incentive funding

9/18/2017


Why real-time ADT messages are the revolution of care management

ADT messages are lately becoming the cornerstone in care management as the go-to source of data, holding a wealth of valuable information that can affect point-of-care decisions

9/18/2017


Eight dead in Florida nursing home left with no A/C after Irma

The home's air-conditioning had been out since Hurricane Irma struck

9/15/2017


Irma forced evacuation of 30 hospitals

At least 278 assisted living facilities, 61 nursing home, and some 60 other healthcare facilities evacuated some or all of their patients

9/15/2017


Some Florida hospitals left without water, sewage service

Other hospitals across Florida have returned to normal operations

9/15/2017


Healthcare system launches app to support wayfinding

Kaleida Health app helps patients make it to their appointments on time

9/15/2017


Houston command center focuses on medical infrastructure continuity

The Catastrophic Medical Operations Center was established by the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council

9/14/2017


The future of violence response and emergency preparedness in healthcare

Several healthcare organizations have published information to assist security directors

9/14/2017


Workers push for metal detectors at Mass. mental health facilities

Taunton State Hospital and six other Department of Mental Health locations are included on list

9/14/2017


Maintaining building barrier protections

Energy efficiency is often one of the easiest ways to improve a healthcare facility's bottom line

9/14/2017


Naples hospital moves 450 evacuees to higher floors at downtown facility

More than 450 storm refugees from NCH employees' families and patient family members were moved

9/13/2017


Hurricane Irma evacuees come to N.C. hospitals

Greenville Health System has been asked to take four patients from a skilled nursing facility and from MUSC Health in Charleston

9/13/2017


Specific environmental strategies needed in infection control

World Health Organization offers first-ever priority pathogens list

9/13/2017


Microbicidal paint used in George healthcare facility oncology unit

The microbicidal properties were attractive given the compromised immune system of the patient population

9/13/2017


St. Thomas hospital suffers catastrophic failure

Hurricane Irma leaving many parts of the second largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands in shambles

9/12/2017


Tampa hospitals weighed evacuation options before Irma

Area hospitals prepared for all possibilities before deciding whether to evacuate

9/12/2017


Irma forces hospitals across three states to evacuate

At least 35 hospitals across Florida, Georgia and South Carolina evacuate patients or shut down

9/12/2017


Central Florida hospitals evacuated, locked down ahead of Irma

The majority of patients at Health First's Cape Canaveral Hospital will be transferred to other Health First hospitals

9/12/2017


Healthcare system launches virtual appointment effort

'Video Visit' expands on Aurora’s telemedicine offerings

9/12/2017


In better news, eclipse went off without a healthcare hitch

But hospitals still watching for foodborne or waterborne disease outbreaks

9/11/2017


How UVA Health System responded to the Charlottesville rally

University of Virginia Health System played a key role in caring for people injured during a white nationalist march

9/11/2017


EHRs and paper: The headaches of document management

The infographic offers statistics including information on how much paper-dependent practices waste time

9/11/2017


Utah facility well-stocked with medical supplies in case of disaster

Centralized location of medical products hub puts Utah in secure position

9/11/2017


Houston VA hospital prepares for aftermath

Downtown healthcare facility remained open

9/8/2017


Texas hospitals short of (usable) water

Beaumont's water pump broke, cutting off water supplies to the city

9/8/2017


Memphis, Nashville facilities take patients airlifted from Harvey

Federal agencies placed a National Disaster Medical System on alert

9/8/2017


Houston hospitals may not be back to normal for a month

The SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council estimates that nearly two dozen hospitals have evacuated patients

9/7/2017


Most Houston healthcare facilities withstand Harvey

Ben Taub Hospital's hospital-wide evacuation shrunk to only three vehicles

9/7/2017


Stronger security and disaster planning sending healthcare to the cloud

Experts say cloud platforms can be more secure than managed data centers

9/7/2017


Report says psych ward video cameras could save lives

Patient safety called more important than the privacy issues

9/6/2017


Restaurant-style dining coming to skilled nursing facilities

Facilities are letting residents weigh in on what — and when — they eat

9/6/2017


Faulty sink valve causes flood at Canadian healthcare facility

Leak happened in unit where patients recover from bone marrow procedures

9/6/2017


Harvey could financially hurt struggling Houston hospitals

The storm has forced hospitals to cancel surgeries, evacuate patients and contend with food and supply shortages

9/5/2017


Houston hospital abandons plans to evacuate patients

Ben Taub Hospital calls off attempts to evacuate patients after a series of delays

9/5/2017


Geisinger cutting sugary beverages

The move in the latest in the system's healthy eating program

9/5/2017


Germicidal technologies reduce hospital airborne pathogens

UV-C technologies can contribute to strategies for reducing HAIs and ARMs without adding to their resistance to medicinal treatments

9/5/2017


Tampa healthcare facility reviewing emergency plan in wake of Houston flooding

One of Tampa's biggest, busiest hospitals would probably be underwater

9/1/2017


Harvey forces healthcare facility evacuations, closures

Ben Taub General Hospital among those that evacuated its patients

9/1/2017


Keys to a healthcare cybersecurity strategy

Naming a CISO and maintaining a separate budget are two of the crucial elements

9/1/2017


Harvey highlights need for emergency plans

Dozens of healthcare facilities in Texas have had to evacuate

9/1/2017



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