Facility Operations - May 2018

Survey says: Most hospitals aren't ready for mass tragedy

Nine out of 10 ER doctors say their hospitals aren't fully prepared for major disasters or mass tragedies

5/31/2018


New Florida emergency nursing home power rules now the law

Law enacted after 12 patients at a Hollywood Hills rehabilitation center died in the heat after Irma

5/31/2018


Closing the loop on medical device cybersecurity

To protect themselves and their patients, healthcare facilities must embrace a holistic, lifecycle approach to connected medical device cybersecurity

5/31/2018


Hospital cutting food waste and cost

Providence Health trimming unnecessary food expenditures

5/31/2018


IoT security is critical to healthcare

Traditional cybersecurity sometimes lapses when it comes to the IoT

5/31/2018


Does biohazardous waste get a label or a bag?

Incorrect waste segregation and labeling are among the most common violations for healthcare facilities

5/30/2018


Hawaii State Hospital announces new facility, security features

The hospital plans to build a new $140 million facility with 16-foot high security walls and enclosed courtyards

5/30/2018


Seattle hospital upgrades communications system

Valley Medical Center is expanding deployment of secure communication system

5/30/2018


Hospital food can carry MRSA, VRE

The study shows one or more food specimens were positive for pathogens

5/30/2018


Reusable medical scopes harbor bacteria after cleaning

More than 70 percent of scopes tested positive for bacteria

5/29/2018


Boston hospitals prepare for tragedy

Healthcare facilities' tactics include large-scale drills

5/29/2018


VA expands telehealth regulations

The Department of Veterans Affairs is expanding its reach into more remote areas

5/29/2018


Follow-up finds more violations for embattled Wisconsin hospital

More than 30 new violations were found at UnityPoint Health - Meriter

5/29/2018


Va. health system works to improve cleaning protocol uniformity

Sentara Healthcare recently initiated a campaign to assess the practices used to clean patient rooms

5/29/2018


How worried should U.S. be about Ebola outbreak?

Patients have turned up in Mbandaka, a city of more than a million on the banks of the Congo River

5/25/2018


Bronx-Lebanon Hospital without promised turnstiles, 1 year after shooting

In the weeks following the mass shooting, the hospital promised tougher security

5/25/2018


Six steps to write an energy-efficient hospital audit report

An energy-efficient hospital audit is how the energy consumption of a healthcare institution is measured

5/25/2018


Pa. health network drops food vendor Sodexo

St. Luke's University Health Network moves to local company

5/25/2018


Process and design improvements explored for China's Drum Tower Hospital

American and Chinese hospitals evaluate similarities, differences

5/25/2018


Two more cases of Ebola confirmed in urban area of Congo

Total of three cases confirmed in city of 1 million people

5/24/2018


Emergency department communications badges reduce response times

The average response time is now down to 1.02 minutes

5/24/2018


Senior care workforce by the numbers

A report from senior living industry organization Argentum has quantified the labor crisis

5/24/2018


Health intelligent virtual assistant market is disrupting industry

Health intelligent virtual assistant market to be characterized by the massive exploitation of IoT and artificial intelligence

5/24/2018


NIH officials responding to Ebola outbreak

U.S. health experts on ‘high alert’

5/23/2018


Nursing home ‘granny cam’ bill passes La. Senate

Bill was opposed by nursing home industry

5/23/2018


New hospital sound design may cure alarm fatigue

The constant alarms of hospital technology called a problem for patient safety

5/23/2018


NHS staff plead for body cameras to prevent assaults

Increasing levels of violence mean staff needed better protection

5/23/2018


App technology is designed for healthcare facility wayfinding

A study has shown that 30 to 40 percent of patients and visitors get lost at the hospital

5/23/2018


Nurses call for use of animals on hospital wards

Royal College of Nursing guidance includes information on infection control, allergy considerations

5/22/2018


Cyberattackers exploit healthcare data security weaknesses

The healthcare sector is the most targeted industry in the first quarter of 2018

5/22/2018


Hospital security departments can help protect domestic violence victims

75 percent of domestic violence victims are targeted at work

5/22/2018


Few Mass. hospitals have enhanced security after stabbing

A Harrington Hospital nurse was stabbed by a patient last June

5/22/2018


Denver patient says surgery was canceled due to contaminated tools

Porter Adventist patient said doctor had to abort his spinal surgery after discovering 'contaminant' on surgical instruments

5/21/2018


New guidelines issued for infection control in GI endoscopy

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy rules based on a critical review of the most current data

5/21/2018


Defending against ransomware attacks

One of the best ways to prevent ransomware attacks is to educate employees

5/21/2018


Building an effective hospital/police partnership

Minnesota healthcare and law enforcement officials released a list of best practices

5/21/2018


Man charged in security officer’s death at Pa. hospital

The officer died a month after an altercation with a psychiatric patient at Heritage Valley Beaver Hospital

5/18/2018


Reassuring patients about facility cleanliness

Review cleaning procedures and improve whatever needs an upgrade

5/18/2018


Study ranks Iowa mostly prepared to handle public health emergency

A national study says Iowa's overall health security level is just under the national average

5/18/2018


Preventing bathing-acquired infections in nursing homes

Bath tubs and accessories can make residents sick

5/18/2018


Studies suggest violence is a virtually universal experience for ED staff

Healthcare facilities have taken a range of security measures to address the issue

5/18/2018


Veggie-focused restaurant opens at Cleveland Clinic

The health-focused eatery focuses on fresh, seasonal produce

5/18/2018


Explosion at California medical facility kills one, injures three others

Explosion in medical building in Aliso Viejo appears intentional

5/17/2018


Using AI to achieve real improvements in healthcare

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy rules based on a critical review of the most current data

5/17/2018


Fla. hospital evacuates critically ill patients after power outage

Emergency power came on later at Kindred Hospital in downtown Fort Lauderdale and allowed the facility to continue to function

5/17/2018


Healthcare facilities boost security after hostage incident

Kane County (Ill.) Sheriff’s Office and Northwestern Medicine both made security changes

5/17/2018


Solar power, other tech, can save hospitals money and energy

Technologies can help can cut costs and improve energy efficiency

5/17/2018


Securing IoT in healthcare is critical

The use of IoT devices is growing in healthcare environments

5/17/2018


Hospital relocation depends on training and IT planning

Parkland Health prioritized IT deployment and moving day coordination

5/16/2018


Healthcare industry–targeting malware increases the need for health informatics professionals

Often, conversations about HIPAA violations center around technological issues. The remaining compliance violations are related to employee actions and behaviors.

5/16/2018



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