Facility Operations - July 2018

Family billed $800 to use regular ER sink

The eyewash station was too unsanitary and dirty to use

7/31/2018


Hospital cafeterias are offering more choices for quick snacks

Healthcare facilities focusing on healthy options

7/31/2018


Designing a chilled-water system for the future

Planning for changes as the system ages is critical

7/31/2018


Window film installation in hospitals can save lives, conserve energy

Some security window films have the added benefit of conserving energy by controlling the amount of sun that enters the building

7/31/2018


EPA updates disinfectant-testing guidelines

New rules are for products used by hospital environmental services

7/31/2018


FGI adjusts terminology for ’patients of size’

Facility Guidelines Institute cites safety concerns for change in language

7/31/2018


Balancing safety, peace with ferromagnetic security screening

Workplace violence is prevalent in mental health

7/30/2018


Making the most out of healthcare IT in an ambulatory care setting

The ambulatory environment presents unique challenges for many internal healthcare IT organizations

7/30/2018


Getting paid to cut power use

Utilities will pay facilities to use less energy

7/30/2018


South Bronx hospital installs anti-microbial cooling towers technology to fight Legionnaires

Deadly bacteria can proliferates in water systems like cooling towers

7/30/2018


Security reviewed after clinic shooting

Man fatally shot in Cape Town healthcare facility

7/30/2018


Protecting cities from Legionnaires Disease

South Bronx hospital adopts new anti-microbial cooling tower technology to stave off Legionnaires Disease and other biological health threats.

7/27/2018


Fluorescent lamp recycling at medical centers

The complexities of medical center waste create issues for facility managers

7/27/2018


Ebola outbreak in DRC ends

WHO calls for international efforts to stop other outbreaks

7/26/2018


Legionnaires' outbreak at Minn. senior healthcare facility sickens two

Health officials seeking source of infection

7/26/2018


Technology's role in healthcare design, operations growing

A master plan that evolves with technology master plan is crucial

7/26/2018


Fixing IoT — How to stop poking giant holes in our defenses

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

7/26/2018


Report says healthcare's biggest security threats come from inside

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

7/26/2018


Clean, safe linens crucial for healthcare facilities

Healthcare facilities use accredited services to provide clean linen

7/25/2018


Portable cooling can be crucial in emergency situations

Providing cooling for a facility — whether in an emergency or for a special event — means managers must do their homework

7/25/2018


USP overhauls nonsterile compounding rules

What healthcare and pharmacy executives need to know — and do — before July 31, 2018

7/25/2018


Patients at more risk for C. diff at moderately full healthcare facilities

Study recommends reviewing protocols that might change based on occupancy

7/24/2018


Hospital lockdowns can leave patients isolated

Security precautions can affect uninvolved patients, visitors

7/24/2018


California hospital installs solar-storage microgrid system

Renewable energy microgrids can reduce hospitals’ energy bills by as much as 50 percent

7/24/2018


Hospitals using 'smart' technology to improve treatment, finances

Ohio's Wexner Medical Center using the latest technology to boost efficiency

7/24/2018


Woman who gave birth in Japan photographs hospital meals

Meals look more than restaurant-worthy

7/24/2018


N.D. hospital treats tornado victims days after opening

Watford City's new healthcare facility opened its doors nine days before EF 2 tornado hit

7/23/2018


27 Hawaii hospitals join for disaster drill

Hospitals from six islands simulate response to disaster

7/23/2018


Hurricane spurs ED re-do at Houston hospital

During the storm, the department got used to having smaller space

7/23/2018


Four ways to protect healthcare organizations and staff against workplace violence

Healthcare organizations need to create a culture that focuses on the healing environment

7/23/2018


Mass notification is only one part of emergency communications

System must be integrated with other technologies to form a holistic emergency communications plan

7/23/2018


Report finds Washington hospital put patients, staff at risk

Recent federal inspection supports claims that staff members were punished for speaking out

7/20/2018


Healthcare executives prioritizing sustainable cost control

Survey says cost and consumerism top list of concerns

7/20/2018


Rise in dementia leads to new food service options

Program addresses residents' potential malnutrition issues

7/20/2018


Queens hospital armed security guards first in NYC

Last year’s fatal shooting at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center accelerated program

7/19/2018


Hospital fire makes list of heartbreaking moments in Illinois history

Fire at old St. Anthony Hospital in Effingham was judged the 8th most heartbreaking moment

7/19/2018


Hospital ER nurses wearing security alarms

Assaults against emergency department staff at Middlemore Hospital have increased

7/19/2018


Tips for buying AI-based cybersecurity tools

AI can help mitigate cybersecurity risks by automating tasks and expertise

7/19/2018


Hospital buildings still operating despite safety warnings

South Auckland health officials were warned 18 years ago that buildings were earthquake-prone

7/18/2018


Healthcare innovations need cybersecurity support

The Department of Health and Human Services is exploring how to spur innovation and investment in the healthcare sector

7/18/2018


Tackling healthcare cybersecurity challenges

Many chief information security officers aren’t even close to having the tools they need to deal with cyberattacks

7/17/2018


Hospital patients require better food service and it's improving bottom lines

Factors such as a general uptick in health conscious consumers have put food service on the front burner

7/17/2018


Johns Hopkins evacuated due to possible TB exposure

A small amount of the tuberculosis bacteria may have been released while being transported

7/16/2018


Energy upgrades could save NHS 260m pounds annually

New research says the NHS trusts spend around £500 million a year on energy

7/16/2018


Blackout interrupts surgery at the women’s and children’s hospital

Non-urgent ambulance arrivals were diverted to two other facilities and 13 elective surgeries were postponed

7/16/2018


Boosting healthcare facilities' cybersecurity

Cybersecurity spending increased by nearly $74 billion in 2016

7/16/2018


Report finds healthcare lagging in cybersecurity protocols

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

7/16/2018


Environmental decontamination key to infection control

Surfaces that are clean and adequately disinfected are also a legal requirement

7/13/2018


New energy facility at London hospital expected to save 6,000 tons of carbon a year

The project is also guaranteed to save the hospital £1m per year in energy bills

7/13/2018


Designing healthcare facilities to curb violence

If nothing else, EDs should be designed in such a way that security staff can cordon off the entrance and access to the rest of the facility

7/13/2018


Gatesville hospital reopens after explosion

Texas Fire Marshals finish on-site forensic examination of the Coryell Memorial Hospital

7/12/2018


The key to healthcare emergency management: Facility managers

The emergency manager’s ability to leverage facility management knowledge and expertise determines success or failure in an emergency response.

7/12/2018


Prevention is better than cure when dealing with cyber threats

Cybersecurity designed for corporate environments don't address the requirements of the healthcare industry

7/11/2018


Damage-free sign labels for hospitals and research labs can support safety efforts

Customizable sign labels for interim life safety measures – can be removed cleanly from most surfaces, reducing repair and repainting

7/11/2018


Building envelope considerations for sustainable healthcare

Using smart glass can reduce glare, solar heat gain and nocturnal light trespass

7/11/2018


Fla. senior care facilities working to comply with new generator law

New state law requires nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators that can power air conditioning systems

7/10/2018


Addressing energy waste in the HVAC system

Smart building controls enable managers and technicians to uncover and address energy waste

7/10/2018


Eight cybersecurity tools your healthcare facility needs today

Many companies are simply not investing enough in IT security, despite the obvious threats

7/10/2018


Energy innovative supports sustainable healthcare design

The focus on energy efficiency has created shift in how healthcare buildings are designed, built and operated

7/10/2018


Ohio healthcare facility announces five-year sustainability plan

The plan has a range of social, environmental and economic goals divided into eight categories

7/9/2018


Bosnian hospital awarded grant for energy efficiency

The Zenica Cantonal Hospital is the second largest polluter in the city after the local steelworks

7/9/2018


Focusing on health and wellness in sustainable healthcare facilities

Nutritional foods and nurturing outdoor spaces are important features in sustainable healthcare design and operation

7/9/2018


Eliminating ligature risks in healthcare settings

Patient suicide ranks among the top three sentinel events, according to The Joint Commission

7/9/2018


Health system moves food service beyond tray line

Diet clerks virtually track nutritionals as the patients place their order, guiding them through their options

7/9/2018


Cancer center to pay $4.3m for three data breaches

Breaches blamed on stolen laptop, thumb drives

7/6/2018


Survey suggests security cameras do make campuses safer

The majority of hospital, K-12 and higher ed campuses have security cameras

7/6/2018


Safety alert after NHS patients choke on hash browns and peas

Patients allegedly given foods like hash browns and peas when they should have been on a special diet

7/6/2018


Assisted living facility installs water-, cost-saving toilets

San Francisco-based facility was experiencing complaints from both tenants and maintenance staff alike regarding clogged toilets throughout the facility

7/6/2018


Eight cybersecurity tools your healthcare facility needs today

Many companies are simply not investing enough in IT security, despite the obvious threats

7/6/2018


Trump rule could stop public reporting of hospital infections

Under the new rule, the CMS Hospital Compare website won't show the infections or safety measures

7/5/2018


Hospital explosion linked to bled gas lines

Gas lines in the boiler room may have been bled

7/5/2018


Fighting environmental infection in long-term care facilities

Thorough facility-wide cleaning and disinfection is often the first line of defense

7/5/2018


Philadelphia hospital creates police drop-off lane for gunshot victims

Philadelphia is one of the few cities where police take stabbing and shooting victims to hospitals

7/3/2018


Check out this special supplement to Healthcare Facilities Today

Supplement includes stories on energy efficiency, lighting and infection control

7/3/2018


C. diff. cases fall 36 percent in Canada's hospitals

Improvements in infection-control measures, such as frequent hand-washing and more frequent, intense cleaning of hospital facilities in the last decade may have contributed

7/2/2018


Hand-washing monitor can help reduce hospital infections

Healthcare workers wear a badge that shows different lights that can let them know if their hands are properly sanitized

7/2/2018


Officers cleared in California hospital shooting

Officers fired six rounds at a man who shot through a glass door with a rifle and entered the hospital

7/2/2018


Is liquid soap safer than a bar?

The answer is no, according to a Q&A on The New York Times website

7/2/2018


Tips for hiring healthcare cybersecurity pros

Cybersecurity requires people from all backgrounds and majors

7/2/2018



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