Facility Operations - February 2018

Study: Cleaning is as bad for women's lungs as smoking up to 20 cigarettes a day

No effect was found on the lungs of men, whether they cleaned professionally or just as part of their domestic chores.

2/28/2018


Health IT infrastructure needs security upgrades

Healthcare organizations need more sophisticated security solutions

2/28/2018


Some Florida nursing homes struggling to comply with new back-up power rules

Florida enacted new regulations after 14 Broward County nursing home patients after Hurricane Irma

2/28/2018


Mayo Clinic hits energy savings goal two years early

In 2011, Mayo set a goal to reduce energy use by 20 percent before 2020

2/27/2018


Hospital dashboard helps manage patient capacity and beds

Boston Children's Hospital has outgrown its facility, so analytics for patient placement has become critical while it waits for new buildings

2/27/2018


‘Me Generation’ changing senior living expectations

Assisted living communities becoming as much hospitality as healthcare

2/27/2018


Wisconsin hospital boosting security after infants' injuries found

State agency investigating nurse after several babies were injured while in the hospital's neo-natal intensive care unit

2/26/2018


Copper-coated uniforms could curb infection transmission

Healthcare professionals could soon be wearing uniforms brushed with these tiny copper nanoparticles

2/26/2018


Maine healthcare facilities bracing for worsening of flu season

Swamped emergency rooms in Portland sending patients elsewhere

2/26/2018


Infection problems could cost Michigan healthcare facility its Medicare patients

An investigation found the hospital is not compliant with infection control standards

2/26/2018


Legionnaires' found at Illinois mental health facility

A patient at the Chester Mental Health Center in Chester has been diagnosed

2/26/2018


Florida hospital says it's prepared for mass shooting

The healthcare facility uses lessons learned from tragedies and incorporates them in its plans.

2/23/2018


Ideas for dealing with linen hoarding

Management software, policies and education are key

2/23/2018


Tougher penalties sought for patients who assault Hawaii healthcare workers

There were 1,075 assaults against healthcare workers in Hawaii hospitals, nursing homes and patients’ homes in 2017

2/23/2018


Study suggests hand-washing helps decrease nursing home deaths

Researchers recommend using hospital hand-hygiene protocols

2/23/2018


Video addresses surviving an extreme violence incident

Training can make the difference

2/22/2018


Report finds healthcare lagging in cybersecurity protocols

The healthcare industry is one of the lowest performing industries in terms of endpoint security

2/22/2018


Compliance 101: Mitigating ligature risks in behavioral health patient care environments

For the last 12 to 18 months, The Joint Commission and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have increased inspection surveys for ligature and other self-harm risks in behavioral health patient care areas

2/22/2018


Washington hospital screening visitors at front door for flu-like symptoms

Visitors get color-coded tags upon entering facility

2/21/2018


Advances in tools expand drain cleaning versatility

Changes have meant greater power and versatility for technicians

2/21/2018


Dealing with a healthcare facility linen hoarding

One of the biggest challenges laundry and linen services in a healthcare facility is linen hoarding

2/21/2018


Regulations, Codes & Standards Q&A: Clean storage in an EVS closet

Brad Keyes discusses regulations for clean storage in an EVS closet

2/21/2018


Are fire safety and sustainability at odds?

It’s usually possible to work toward both goals simultaneously

2/21/2018


Disinfecting robot can help fight HAIs

Studies demonstrate benefits and explore strategies for use

2/21/2018


The important role your facilities team plays in patient care

Beyond first impressions, elements of the physical environment continue to play a critical role in patient satisfaction for the duration of their stay

2/20/2018


Reducing cross-contamination risk in healthcare facilities

Environmental cleaning specialists offer tips to help control infections

2/20/2018


Woman claims OK hospital bathroom was infested with bugs

Hospital staff cleaned the shower with bleach after being alerted to the bugs

2/20/2018


Fake paramedic found wandering the halls of Royal Adelaide hospital

Incident represents a major security breach for the newly opened Australian hospital

2/20/2018


Bed bug histamines persistent in infested areas

New research suggests bed bugs are a medically important threat

2/16/2018


Supporting staff during a healthcare facility downsizing

As the healthcare landscape transforms, organizations face reengineering initiatives, restructurings, redundancies and downsizings

2/16/2018


W.Va. healthcare facility postpones surgeries due to sterilization issues

Cabell Huntington Hospital found residue on equipment and surgical trays

2/16/2018


Deadly ‘superbug’ fungus may be spreading

Number of U.S. patients infected with Candida auris has climbed to 200

2/16/2018


Report surveys Texas hospitals on Harvey-related issues

Texas Hospital Association analyzes Texas hospitals' disaster response before, during, and after Hurricane Harvey and difficulties they faced, notably in security

2/16/2018


Hospitals cancel surgeries after cracks found in operating room walls

The closure comes just over a week after dust contamination also closed the surgery area

2/16/2018


Managing healthcare facilities' airborne pathogens

The air is the source of more than one-third of nosocomial infections

2/15/2018


Healthcare facility infrastructure: The first step in patient safety

Having an intelligent infrastructure in place can help create healthier, better outcomes for patients and their families

2/15/2018


Report examines Texas hospitals' hurricane response

The Texas Hospital Association released a special report on the disaster response

2/15/2018


Seamless flooring for low-dust environments

Airborne particles are home to an incredibly diverse population of dust-residing microbes, including not only bacteria and viruses, but also fungi, algae and protozoa

2/15/2018


Tips for medical device cyber security

Device cybersecurity called the biggest challenge hospital face today

2/15/2018


$4.1M project to cut Conn. healthcare facility energy, water use

Efficiency services agreement (ESA) project with is expected to reduce its energy and water use by more than 20 percent

2/15/2018


Resident's death at Wisconsin memory care facility raises security questions

Patient froze to death in December after wandering outside the facility

2/14/2018


Are biofilms from hospital shower pipes harmful?

Some new bacteria with characteristics of species known to be harmful were seen

2/14/2018


Colorado nursing home cited for residents' violence

Residents grabbed, kicked, bit and punched staff members

2/14/2018


Improvements for Missouri veterans homes urged

Report says facilities should encourage staff to report problems

2/14/2018


Hospitals using mobile units, tents to manage flu cases

Units are used to treat patients and free up beds

2/13/2018


Hospital plumbing a playground for superbugs

Drains can be loaded with dangerous bacteria

2/13/2018


Healthcare workers protesting 32 hospitals in California

More than 55,000 Kaiser Permanente employees in California are members of SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West

2/13/2018


Best conditions for Legionella bacteria growth

Warm tap water with dissolved organic matter supports the growth of biofilms

2/13/2018


Norovirus outbreak among security staff suspected at Olympic Games

The South Korean military has been deployed to cover

2/12/2018


Hospital toilet flushing can spread pathogens

Study shows particle concentrations before and after the flush were significantly different

2/12/2018


Winter Olympics will have robots to do the cleaning

The robots will assist athletes, clean venues, provide translation and even ski.

2/12/2018


Evacuating a hospital in the middle of a wildfire

ASPR interview examines emergency actions during California disaster

2/12/2018


Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Optimizing the chiller plant delivers operational efficiencies and beats expected cost savings

2/12/2018


Hospitals enforce stricter visitation rules during bad flu season

Flu activity in the U.S. has increased for 10 weeks in a row

2/9/2018


S. Korea prepping for potential disease outbreaks at Olympics

Study shows particle concentrations before and after the flush were significantly different

2/9/2018


How to prepare your facility for a nuclear attack

Current events have brought preparations for a nuclear disaster to the forefront

2/9/2018


Hospitalizations for flu nearing 10-year high

The overall hospitalization rate was 51.4 per 100,000 population for the week ending Jan. 27

2/8/2018


7,000 Winnipeg healthcare workers merge union chapters

The new collective includes workers at longterm care homes, community clinics, the Health Sciences Centre, and Grace, Concordia and Seven Oaks hospitals

2/8/2018


Hospital cancels surgeries due to dust mess

A layer of dust was reported to be on the floor of operating rooms requiring the area to be deep cleaned

2/8/2018


N.H. healthcare facility boosts security after shooting

The improvements include five additional full-time security positions and bulletproof vests for security officers

2/8/2018


Calif. hospital cafeteria workers and housekeepers strike for better pay and benefits

The workers are employees of Sodexo, which the hospital's operator contracts with at several California healthcare facilities

2/8/2018


Florida nurse's flu rant goes viral

Nurse: 'There is a cesspool of funky flu at the E.R. right now'

2/7/2018


Colorado hospital suspends surgeries due to sterilization problems

Process at Aspen Valley Hospital compromised

2/7/2018


The value of daylighting, even with LEDs

Even when LEDs mimic sunlight, expert see LEDs as complementary to — but not replacing — daylighting strategies

2/7/2018


Air source heat pumps gaining ground

Reduced carbon emissions and reduced installed cost are creating a huge demand

2/7/2018


Atlanta hospital opens mobile ER to handle flu overflow

Grady Memorial Hospital ER normally sees 400 patients a day but the number has grown to above 500

2/6/2018


Air filters focused on efficiency

Advances in air filter efficiency and performance standards offer more potential benefits for organizations and occupants.

2/6/2018


Woman missing from Ohio nursing home for 8 hours found dead from cold

Door alarm designed to prevent wandering did not work

2/6/2018


Apple app may mean the end of the healthcare facility fax

With iPhone Health app, patients will soon be able to download and view health records on their phones

2/6/2018


Healthcare facilities taking extra precautions this flu season

Clinics staff members are cleaning bathrooms with microbacterial disinfectant after each patient

2/6/2018


Flu season also taking financial toll on hospitals

Hospital costs are expected to spike because of lower reimbursement rates

2/5/2018


Tips for an energy-efficient light design

By employing energy-conscious lighting design, facilities can reap significant cost savings and reduce their environmental footprint

2/5/2018


W.V. healthcare facility providing own security personnel

A staff of 28 security officers is replacing contract service providers

2/5/2018


Defective wiring suspected in South Korea hospital fire

Fire killed dozens and injured more than 150

2/2/2018


Restroom design working to keep healthcare facilities healthy

Restrooms in healthcare environments are the perfect storm for the spread of infectious disease

2/2/2018


Nurses union lauds violence reduction plan

Nova Scotia Nurses Union is happy with the progress being made toward reducing violence against healthcare workers

2/2/2018


Former hospital guard charged in patient’s death doesn't see wrongdoing

Prosecutors say guards used excessive force to restrain patient ultimately causing a fatal neck injury

2/2/2018


Shooting at St. Louis hospital spurs debate on armed security guards

A patient wielding knives at Barnes-Jewish Hospital was shot to death

2/1/2018


Green cleaning in a senior care setting

Is 'green cleaning' and 'sustainability' the same thing?

2/1/2018


Internet of medical things expected to transform healthcare

The IoMT can help monitor patients,alert caregivers and give healthcare providers data needed to identify issues before they become critical

2/1/2018



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