Facility Operations - April 2018

Maximizing the performance life of UPS

The role of uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and generators has expanded in recent years

4/30/2018


Virginia Mason Memorial honored for sustainability

Washington hospital received four awards this year from Practice Greenhealth

4/30/2018


Decoding healthcare facility door locking requirements

Designing compliant locking arrangements can be a challenge

4/30/2018


Benefits of wireless access control for healthcare facilities

Ease of installation is one reason to consider wireless access control

4/27/2018


VRF: Strategies for success

For maintenance and engineering managers involved in the decision-making process, the technology can be challenging

4/27/2018


Smarter purchasing for safer hospitals

Free tool allows facilities to track and compare their energy usage

4/27/2018


N.Y. system treat healthcare workers' job-related trauma

Study showed that staff who received organizational support outperformed their peers

4/26/2018


Technology improvements lead to better paints

Innovations in paint are leading to coatings that are faster and easier to apply, last longer, and perform new functions

4/26/2018


Developing a safety risk assessment

The Center for Health Design has a free tool to guide the process, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

4/26/2018


Texas hospital's 'mission control' manages real-time patient movement

Texas Children Hospital honored for innovation solution

4/26/2018


Joint Commission issues new sentinel event alert on violence against healthcare workers

Healthcare workers four times more likely to be victimized, including physical and verbal violence

4/26/2018


Succession planning paper available for download

Includes tips on getting millennials on the team

4/25/2018


Robot enables telemedicine consultations

Physicians can be in more than one location at the same time

4/25/2018


Security tightened after St. Louis VA suicide

St. Louis suicide one in a string of self-inflicted veterans' deaths

4/24/2018


West Australia's hospital staff to get anti-stab vests, personal alarms

The initiative will be rolled out over three years

4/24/2018


What healthcare must understand about cybersecurity

Healthcare organizations continue to be the subject of attacks by hackers seeking access to patient data for resale on the black market

4/24/2018


Measuring effectiveness of electrochemically activated cleaning

Measurement assists facilities cleaning staff and supervisors to ensure ECA cleaning methods are working as intended

4/24/2018


Porter Adventist Hospital infection breach linked to human error

The breach came from the tools not being cleaned properly and potentially containing bioburden

4/23/2018


Patients at S.C. hospital develop waterborne bacterial infection after surgery

Twenty-seven women who needed surgery at Roper Hospital in 2016 and 2017 developed a bacterial infection

4/23/2018


Violence prevention plans now mandatory in Calif. hospitals

California is the first state to require plans in all acute-care hospitals and skilled-nursing facilities

4/23/2018


Mo. nursing home cited after three residents found outside in freezing temperatures

Inspectors: Autumn View Gardens assisted living facility in Creve Coeur put residents in imminent danger

4/23/2018


E. Coli outbreaks found in seven states

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting 17 cases

4/23/2018



Colorado Health Department confirms surgical infections at Porter

Agency says links to sterilization flaws unclear

4/20/2018


Predictive maintenance technologies support reliable operations

These strategies can provide a true condition assessment of the equipment

4/20/2018


Maintaining security with contract cleaning staff

Improved and standardized security checks urged

4/20/2018


Study says healthcare facilities need to do a better job of cleaning beds

Columbia University researchers have found data from four New York hospitals that show beds are full of germs

4/19/2018


How healthcare facilities can reduce the risk of patient exposure to Legionella

Legionnaires’ disease cases have gone up by 400 percent in the last 14 years

4/19/2018


Two-fifths of private hospitals in England are failing safety standards

Inspections by the Care Quality Commission raise concerns over the safety and leadership

4/19/2018


Healthcare stewardship means going ‘green’

Being 'green' in a healthcare facility is more complicated than a typical business

4/19/2018


Healthcare facilities' energy efficiency improves air quality

Salt Lake City Op-Ed says healthcare facilities' energy efficiency efforts can impact community health

4/19/2018


Why healthcare facilities should implement CMMS

Managing a healthcare facility can be easier and more efficient with a computerized maintenance management system

4/18/2018


N.C. hospital elevates food offerings with Mediterranean cafe

UNC Rex Healthcare is trying to redefine hospital food

4/18/2018


Study says nursing homes have fewer residents, with more needs

Though occupancy rates fell between 2009 and 2016, the needs of nursing home residents have grown considerably

4/18/2018


Plumbing systems should be simple and reliable

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

4/18/2018


German shepherd added to security team at Indiana hospital

Dog trained to sniff out bombs and firearms

4/17/2018


Minn. state hospitals conditions at 'crisis point'

Healthcare facilities have a backlog of tens of millions of dollars worth of renovations

4/17/2018


Long Island VA center’s air quality repairs prioritized

Sen. Chuck Schumer wants Washington to fast track $15 million in funds

4/17/2018


New ward approved for 'shoddily built' UK hospital

Plans have been approved after 'serious defects' were found in seven-year-old buildings

4/17/2018


2010 report showed security gaps at Yountville Veterans Home

The state-run veterans home had security shortcomings that the California Highway Patrol identified in 2010

4/16/2018


Queensland healthcare system removes soft drinks from hospitals

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service has decided to phase out the sale of sugary drinks from its healthcare facilities.

4/16/2018


Software solutions can help with long-term care physical plant issues

Keeping the physical plant healthy is as important as maintaining that of the residents within

4/16/2018


Incorporating technology into tomorrow's healthcare facilities

Design needs to evolve to keep pace with this technological revolution

4/16/2018


Dealing with elderly patient wandering, elopement, part 2

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

4/16/2018


Minn. says $63.4 million is needed for treatment facility upgrades

Years of neglect and underfunding blamed

4/16/2018


Mass. hospital employee charged with placing hidden camera in bathroom

The hospital said no patients or visitors were impacted by the incident

4/13/2018


DC veterans hospital still dealing with problems

Facility sited for 'culture of complacency'

4/13/2018


Influenza B dominating end of flu season

Flu activity decreased for the sixth consecutive week, but rates remain above the national baseline

4/13/2018


California's new workplace violence law could be a model for federal legislation

Nurses organizations laud a new California law that requires employers to provide workplace violence training

4/13/2018


Microgrid installed at Puerto Rican healthcare facility

Running entirely off-grid, the clinic is reliant on the microgrid to power its healthcare technology, lights and refrigeration

4/13/2018


Telehealth is affecting built environments

As telehealth changes the way healthcare is delivered, it’s also impacting the traditional space requirements within facilities, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

4/13/2018


Denver healthcare facility warns of sterilization issues

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says no infections have been reported so far

4/12/2018


Man with crossbow taken into custody outside Fresno hospital

The man reportedly had been escorted from the hospital and took the loaded crossbow out of a backpack

4/12/2018


Study addresses UV disinfection challenges

Identifying rooms that would benefit from UV disinfection a key issue

4/12/2018


Va healthcare facility switching to LED lighting

Roanoke Memorial Hospital swapping out all 42,000 light fixtures

4/12/2018


Texas hospital engineers energy savings, boosts patient satisfaction

MD Anderson works to improve temp control in patient rooms

4/12/2018


Madison hospital cited for 7 'deficiencies' following NICU abuse

CMS report shows UnityPoint-Meriter hospital was issued a 'statement of deficiencies' for seven issues in hospital operations and patient care

4/11/2018


Wisconsin hospital’s geothermal system slashes energy use

Edgerton Hospital and Health Services' natural gas bill has been dramatically reduced

4/11/2018


Manitoba healthcare facilities receive funding for HVAC, pump upgrades

The Manitoba government has approved over 120 healthcare facility maintenance projects

4/11/2018


Sewage leaks in operating rooms still an issue at D.C. hospital for VIPs

A black, grainy foul-smelling substance coated the floor of an operating room

4/11/2018


When will Fla.'s mandated nursing home generators be inspected?

Agency may not inspect all the generators before storm season starts and the mandates take effect June 1

4/11/2018


Expert: Fla. nursing home where a dozen died of heat ‘made it worse’

Coolers weren’t properly ventilated and pushed additional heat into the confined space

4/10/2018


Woman sues Michigan hospital after she is attacked in ER

A video shows a man running up behind the woman and striking her in the head with his fist

4/10/2018


Vegas hospital CEO: 'Drill like it's the real thing'

CEO of hospital that treated victims of October shooting spoke to Utah healthcare officials

4/10/2018


Longterm care needs tech innovation

Many organizations say they’re not prepared to use innovative tools as part of a value-based strategy

4/10/2018


Efforts to control 'nightmare' bacteria working

Feds say system would be more effective if more hospitals and doctors participated

4/10/2018


Hospital bends rules to grant Grandpa's dying wish to see his dog

Hospital credits infection control staff for making it happen

4/9/2018


Vancouver healthcare facilities now offering menus to patients

Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care hospitals stepping up food service offerings

4/9/2018


Apple's recent hospital deals may signal industry shakeup

The idea is to give patients easier access to their own data

4/9/2018


Florida fines Hialeah assisted living facility over bedbugs

South Hialeah Manor fined $1,000 for a bedbug infestation

4/9/2018


La. lawmakers advance bill that would allow cameras in nursing home rooms

Some nursing home operators are opposing the bill

4/9/2018


Ontario hospital patients experience table-side service from a chef

Chef visit was scheduled to encourage patients to eat together

4/6/2018


Avoiding the hidden costs of environmental services staff injuries

Environmental services work-related injuries usually involve either exposure to harmful contaminants or musculoskeletal disorders

4/6/2018


'Nightmare' antibiotic-resistant bacteria detected in 27 states

More than 200 rare antibiotic-resistant genes were found in bacteria tested in 2017

4/6/2018


Nevada hospital installs bacteria fighting operating room light fixtures

The disinfectant lights are installed in all inpatient and outpatient surgical suites and emergency department patient bays

4/6/2018


Quiet, cleanliness top patient wish list

Healthcare professionals urged to be attuned to the subtle things that can affect a patient's experience

4/5/2018


$10 billion assisted living industry has little oversight

It’s usually up to states to regulate facilities

4/5/2018


Florida Gov. signs bills mandating backup power at nursing homes

The legislation require the facilities to have a generator capable of keeping nursing homes and assisted living facilities at 81 degrees or lower for four days

4/5/2018


Oregon fines mental health facility after workers suffer hundreds of attacks

Workplace regulators have fined the Unity Center for Behavioral Health $1,650 for failing to take steps to prevent future assaults

4/5/2018


Avoiding two common pitfalls to achieving strategic goals

Support development of clear, sustainable strategies that achieve objectives and reduce executive burnout

4/5/2018


Grounding of HVAC motor shafts protects bearings, lowers repair costs

Maximum energy efficiency is the cornerstone of a long and growing list of building certification initiatives such as LEED, Green Globes, Zero Energy Buildings, Living Building Challenge, and Energy Star for Buildings

4/5/2018


Texas health clinics investigated for potentially spreading hepatitis, HIV

The Galveston County Health District and Department of State Health Services are investigating Coastal Health and Wellness in Galveston and Texas City

4/4/2018


Increasing patient satisfaction through employee engagement

Patient experience has the ability to make or break a facilities’ reputation

4/4/2018


New guidelines created to curb healthcare workplace violence

Healthcare facilities urged to establish a process and team to deal with violence

4/3/2018


Children’s hospital cuts viral infections with UV-C tech

A UV system is used in addition to standard cleaning protocols on the toddler unit

4/3/2018


Healthcare facilities look to hospitality for customer service cues

Las Vegas medical groups try to improve patient experiences

4/3/2018


Why choose PEX-a for hydronic piping applications?

A UV system is used in addition to standard cleaning protocols on the toddler unit

4/3/2018


Hospitals honored for heating pipeline project

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was awarded Sustainability Project of the Year

4/3/2018


Feds say University of Maryland hospital violated rules in patient dumping case

University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown cited for violating patient rights and several patient safety and hospital management regulations

4/2/2018


Hot meals banned for patients stuck on gurneys in overcrowded Irish hospitals

The ban on hot meals has been introduced for patients’ safety in several hospitals

4/2/2018


Water bacteria testing extended to second Glasgow hospital

Tests for bacteria in the water supply at the Royal Hospital for Children have been extended to the neighboring Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

4/2/2018


Can aromatherapy be a source of bacterial infections?

An outbreak of Pseudomonas aeruginosa suggests aromatherapy can pose a high risk to patient safety

4/2/2018


Cancer center patients infected by Listeria from hospital deli

Three people who ate deli sandwiches from a restaurant in Canada’s largest cancer center have been infected

4/2/2018



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