Facility Operations - March 2018

Parents say Florida hospital allowed tribal police to kidnap newborn

Hospital security personnel accompanied tribal police in taking the baby

3/29/2018


Mass. hospital steps up security after former employee sends troubling email

South Shore Hospital added security after the incident involving the former employee

3/29/2018


Survey shows some decreased hospital security training

350 respondents participated in Campus Safety magazine’s 2017 Hospital Security Survey

3/29/2018


Severe weather: The four extreme threats safety personnel need to know

Seventy-eight percent of disasters recorded in the United States each year are weather-related

3/29/2018


Veterans hospital killings spotlights healthcare worker risks

Serious workplace violence is on average four times more common in healthcare settings

3/29/2018


Fire that threatened Amarillo hospital district brought potential evacuation lessons

Office of Emergency Management director discusses preparing for a worst-case scenario

3/28/2018



Lawmakers seek OSHA standard on healthcare facility violence

Standard would require healthcare facilities to develop and implement facility- and unit-specific workplace violence prevention plans

3/28/2018


Technology changing healthcare design process

Systems that help understand doctor and nurse workflows can simplify design choices

3/28/2018


Dealing with elderly patient wandering, elopement

The number of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is skyrocketing

3/27/2018


Maximizing healthcare facility HVAC system output

HVAC optimization involves automatically controlling HVAC systems to deliver work at energy-efficient levels

3/27/2018


Nurse killed in UAB-Hospital Highlands shooting

Another employee was injured and the shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound

3/27/2018


Resiliency a growing concern in healthcare design

Power outages have been the most common resiliency-related events in the past three years

3/27/2018


Maximizing cooling tower technology for HVAC, power and industrial applications

New technology advancements provide up to 50 percent more cooling capacity, greater energy and installation savings, fewer components and easier maintenance

3/27/2018


Study identifies the high-risk surfaces for C. diff

Researchers sampled 16 sites within patient isolation rooms and patient bays to determine the hardest-to-clean areas

3/26/2018


ECRI Institute ranks 2018's top patient safety risks

New risks, existing concerns that are changing because of new technology, and persistent issues made the list

3/26/2018


Union says VA facilities should have armed security

The 600 officers protecting VA campuses in California are unarmed

3/23/2018


Nurse shortages and crowded wards could reverse infection prevention progress

Antibiotic Research UK said the bed occupancy at NHS hospitals make the spread of bacterial infections more likely

3/23/2018


Maximizing cooling tower technology for HVAC, power and industrial applications

New technology advancements provide up to 50 percent more cooling capacity, greater energy and installation savings, fewer components and easier maintenance

3/23/2018


Infected previous bed occupants, roommates increase HAI risk

Odds of infected patients having been exposed to a roommate with the same organism were 4.82 times

3/23/2018


Ultrasound, MRI reports highly vulnerable to cyber crimes

Healthcare saw a 210 percent increase in publicly disclosed security incidents in 2017 over 2016

3/23/2018


Sex offender sues Wis. hospital that won’t let him visit son

The suit argues the hospital's visitation policy is 'cruel and causes unnecessary harm to families and innocent children'

3/22/2018


Security increased at fertility center after freezer malfunction

Officer wearing a bullet-proof vest stationed at the main entrance front desk

3/22/2018


Customers, research & development are lifeblood of evaporative cooling tower innovations

Customers actively seek energy efficiency, easy installation, low maintenance and operational reliability

3/22/2018


Alaska psychiatric hospital investigated for workplace safety issues

Workplace safety issues and fear of retaliation at Alaska's state-run Alaska Psychiatric Institute will be probed

3/22/2018


Cooling failures at fertility clinics may have damaged hundreds of eggs

San Francisco fertility clinic experienced a liquid nitrogen failure in a storage tank holding thousands of frozen eggs and embryos

3/21/2018


A guide to healthcare background checks

More than one-third of the acute care hospital beds are in older buildings that will not be able to contain those beds unless they are upgraded by that date

3/21/2018


UK hospital fire safety walls won't be fixed until late 2019

The breaches in walls at the Coventry hospital were discovered in 2016

3/21/2018


Dental clinic accused of using contaminated water during procedures

Suit says office failed to actively monitor the water quality or disinfect water lines

3/21/2018


OSHA orders Colo. facility to protect staff

Pioneer Health Care Center in Rocky Ford was fined more than $9,000

3/20/2018


Nurses union to press charges against abusive patients

The measure follows years of the union pushing for better hospital security and nurse training

3/19/2018


Time for technology to take on tough staffing challenges

It’s never been more important for healthcare facility managers to focus on strategic staffing and retention. The right technology is here to help.

3/19/2018


Top online security blogs to watch

VPN Mentor website lists blogs offering most up-to-date news, insight and analysis

3/19/2018


Safety precautions for hospital construction projects

The expansion of existing healthcare facilities requires planning for the safety of both patients and construction workers

3/19/2018


Mobile telehospitals bring care to where it’s needed

Mobile healthcare facility offers options for acute and longterm care

3/16/2018


Parkland lighting system improves patient flow

The hospital partnered with Toyota to implement new emergency department processes

3/16/2018


Hospital used multifaceted plan can stop C. diff

Stillwater (Oklahoma) Medical Center has not seen a hospital-acquired case of C. diff since October 2017

3/16/2018


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

3/16/2018


Long Beach hospital on active earthquake fault to close

Running the hospital has become increasingly difficult because staff members are leaving

3/15/2018


Idaho hospital incident raises questions about arming hospital security guards

Pocatello police negotiated with an armed, suicidal man in the parking lot of Portneuf Medical Center

3/15/2018


Housekeeping audit finds problems at B.C. healthcare facility

Supervision and training at the Arrow Lakes Hospital

3/15/2018


Report says Madison hospital failed to respond after first reports of abuse in NICU

Recently a security officer was assigned to the NICU front entrance and rounding on the unit 24/7 until video monitoring cameras in NICU rooms are installed and activated

3/14/2018


Floor care can make or break an impression

Many people think a shiny floor is equally slippery

3/14/2018


Report says healthcare's biggest security threats come from inside

Healthcare only industry in which internal actors are the biggest threat to an organization

3/14/2018


'No concern' of Ebola at Va. healthcare facility

A 'safety zone' has been set up for the care of a patient from West Africa at the Winchester Medical Center

3/14/2018


Robotic comfort seals clear infection control hurdle

Seals that respond to touch and speech will be used on dementia wards

3/13/2018


California hospital makes financial turnaround using 'patient-centric' care

Sharp Coronado Hospital offers amenities such as massage, acupuncture and freshly baked cookies

3/13/2018


Conn. hospital ER reopens 9 days after man crashed into facility

While the fire was contained to the lobby, the entire ER was affected

3/13/2018


University developing self-cleaning surface that destroys bacteria when exposed to light

The coating is a non-toxic photocatalyst ceramic that produces continuous oxygen radicals at the surface

3/13/2018


NFMT event to include seminar on the IoT

The 2018 National Facilities Management & Technology event offers three full days of education, speakers, networking with peers, and a giant expo hall. All for free.

3/13/2018


Drivers struggle to bring doctors, organs to hospital during blizzard in Ireland

Defense Forces deployed 290 soldiers and 117 vehicles to fight Storm Emma

3/13/2018


Cape Town hospital installs water filtration system

The project is part of an effort to reduce the facility’s demand on municipal water supply

3/13/2018


CDC says flu season has peaked

The 2017-18 influenza season peaked in early February and is now on the decline

3/12/2018


Hospital switches delivery model to improve food service

Eastern Health has partnered with Morrison Healthcare with the Steamplicity system

3/12/2018


Senior facility installs security cameras after patient is injured

80-year-old woman was assaulted by another resident and left with broken ribs

3/9/2018


Circadian-based lighting can speed healing

Usual healthcare facility lighting developed with energy consumption in mind

3/9/2018


Uber Health, a B2B transportation platform, launched

Services available specifically to healthcare providers

3/9/2018


Cybersecurity, digital failures called top hospital hazards

The ECRI Institute releases its list of top healthcare technology hazards for 2018

3/9/2018


Coroner links hospital food to boy's death

Melbourne hospital gave patient breakfast with allergens

3/8/2018


New nursing homes backup power rules go to Florida lawmakers

The rule was issued after residents died in a sweltering South Florida nursing home following Hurricane Irma

3/8/2018


When fresh air in hospitals went out the window

Hospital went from luxury resorts to windowless boxes in the 1940s

3/8/2018


Former Conn. hospital security guard claims he lost job over his safety complaints

Guard said he had to resign after the hospital failed to address safety issues

3/8/2018


Oklahoma Healthcare facility lends cleaning robot to schools

The extra layer of protection was deployed in buildings that have had high absence rates due to illness

3/8/2018


N.C. senior facilities take precautions as state flu deaths pass 200

Twenty-six of the flu victims who died were 65 and older and five of those deaths were between 50 and 64

3/8/2018


Plastic coatings with antimicrobial additives can help control infections

Integrating antimicrobial additives into plastic and polymer surfaces can make them inhospitable to bacteria

3/7/2018


Threat of healthcare data breaches growing

In 2017, security breaches exposed 5.6 million patient records to external hackers and insider threats

3/7/2018


Report finds U.S. hospitals ill-equipped for large disasters

Healthcare systems perform well in localized disasters

3/7/2018


Toaster oven fire sparks partial evacuation of N.J. healthcare facility

Water from the sprinkler system damaged areas of the hospital

3/6/2018


Surgeon links double lung transplant to surgical smoke

After years of inhaling surgical plume, surgeon was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

3/6/2018


Video reveals level of violence in Australian hospitals

Footage shows patients spitting, punching and attacking medical staff with a chair

3/5/2018


Mass notification systems are becoming more common

The market is expected to reach $293.1 million in 2021

3/5/2018


Two Southwestern hospitals are taking the lead in efforts to help create sustainable communities

The Christus Spohn Hospital, Corpus Christi, Texas, and the University of Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City are piloting a new USGBC standard

3/5/2018


Conn. hospital reviewing security after driver sets himself on fire in ED

Middlesex Hospital emergency department closed after man slammed car into its doors, damaging the building

3/2/2018


Calif. children’s hospital mixes technology, nature and playtime

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford was designed to create a nurturing and healing environment

3/2/2018


CDC reports flu activity still elevated

The CDC said that flu activity is likely to remain elevated for several more weeks

3/1/2018



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