Facility Operations - September 2018

Boston VA hospital patient infected with Legionnaires’

The hospital is retracing the patient’s movements to find the source of the infection

9/28/2018


Ebola, Marburg outbreaks infected high percentage of healthcare workers

Findings highlight need to strengthen infection-control practices

9/28/2018


Healthcare facilities can do more to prevent infections

Hospital-acquired infections can be reduced with evidence-based prevention and control strategies

9/28/2018


Six key steps to creating a safe hospital environment for patients, visitors and staff

The ability to control access remotely, to confirm identity quickly and easily, and to program varying levels of access for visitors, patients, doctors and staff is an absolute necessity

9/28/2018


Energy management and information systems (EMIS) boost efficiency

Rapidly evolving software systems provide visibility and analysis into how a building consumes energy

9/28/2018


Healthcare facilities going high-tech to cater to millennials

Builders need to consider how buildings can accommodate the growing amount of technology

9/27/2018


Indiana hospital back online after computer virus

The hospital was also placed on 'diversion' and all ambulances were sent to other hospitals

9/27/2018


'Heart of Healthcare' winner goes extra mile for patients

Environmental services aide from Hackensack University Medical Center recognized by the Association for the Health Care Environment

9/27/2018


Healthcare analytics market to observe rapid expansion

Hospitals will be the prominent technology end-users

9/27/2018


Surviving outages and shutdowns

Power outages and shutdowns create the same level of stress. The challenge is to make these outages and shutdowns progress smoothly and finish on time within scope and on budget.

9/27/2018


IT challenges to tossing fax machines

Many providers have held onto this antiquated system of communication for decades

9/26/2018


Green Building Council Institute adopts RELi resilience standard

The new standard will complement LEED’s Resilient Design pilot credits

9/26/2018


Nurse describes patient's cleaning liquid death

The cleaning liquid was in a jug beside her bed at the Royal Sussex County Hospital

9/26/2018


Lessons from the latest Congo Ebola outbreak

The biggest issue is we have not learned important lessons from prior Ebola outbreaks

9/25/2018


Studies explore environmental services professionals’ work habits, perceptions

Ninety-six percent of the facilities surveyed had a written cleaning policy for clinical areas

9/25/2018


Repairs underway after Pennsylvania hospital finds mold

Mold found in 'small spots' in Chambersburg Hospital

9/25/2018


Two reasons why ambulatory care facilities struggle with infection control standards

The Joint Commission highlights problematic standards for office-based surgery practices

9/25/2018


Identifying plumbing upgrade goals

Water conservation, less maintenance and improved hygiene are all popular targets of system improvements

9/24/2018


Exit, Ebola: Infection control and the hospital exit room

Exit room concept eliminates dangerous backtracking of contamination within a medical facility.

9/24/2018


Tech lessons from healthcare facilities that survived recent natural disasters

Many hospitals are not ready for a natural disaster

9/21/2018


Jury awards plaintiffs $10 million for Chicago hospital security incidents

Doctor and six nurses filed a joint lawsuit for two separate incidents

9/21/2018


Hospitals train for mass shootings

Checking for weapons is part of the drill

9/21/2018


Hospital cleaning staffs retrained after Health Department finds dirty restrooms, floors, walls

Inspectors found numerous sanitation problems at two Lehigh Valley Health Network hospitals

9/21/2018


Minn. healthcare facility cited for secret videotaping

Federal investigation finds that Fairview Southdale in Edina violated privacy rights.

9/21/2018


NC hospital taking extra measures to prevent Legionnaire's disease

North Carolina was home to more than 200 reported cases in 2017, up from just 49 in 2007

9/20/2018


Right de-icer/anti-icer can improve safety, save money

Hospital grounds maintenance staff are responsible for health and well-being of patients and creating a safe workplace in which clinical staff can care for patients

9/20/2018



Shots fired at Los Angeles healthcare facility

Los Angeles Hospital staff and patients evacuated or sheltered in place

9/20/2018


Healthcare facilities might not be prepared for some financial risks of hurricanes

Long-term effects of storms can linger years after

9/19/2018


Hurricane season tests disaster recovery plans

Nearly half of providers report that they lack a comprehensive disaster recovery plan

9/19/2018


Cleaning fluid hospital death sparks safety concerns

The incident has raised questions about the facility's 'jug system,' about how the jugs are washed and cleaned and how the housekeeping staff know which bedside tables to put them on

9/18/2018


CDC and The Joint Commission release free new infection control resources

Resources address podiatry and orthopedic and pain management settings

9/18/2018


Evaluating facility security vulnerabilities

Criminal activity requires opportunity

9/18/2018


Hospitals are boosting hygiene practices to fight superbugs

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

9/18/2018


Defending against ransomware attacks

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

9/18/2018


A year after Hurricane Irma, there are still nursing home preparedness concerns

Nursing homes hit by disaster often struggle to execute emergency plans and protect residents

9/17/2018


Study says paper towels spread fewer bacteria than air hand dryers in hospital bathrooms

Jane Phillips Medical Center/St. John Health System, Bartlesville, Okla., is the 2018 Environmental Services Department of the Year Winner in the 1-249 bed category

9/17/2018


Oklahoma medical center ES team finds success with 10-step program

Jane Phillips Medical Center/St. John Health System, Bartlesville, Okla., is the 2018 Environmental Services Department of the Year Winner in the 1-249 bed category

9/17/2018


Hospitals urged to cooperate to beat hackers

Security frameworks and threat intelligence sharing already exist

9/17/2018


Monkeypox diagnosed in UK for first time

The patient travelled to London from Nigeria

9/14/2018


California senior-facilities’ staffs allegedly abandoned residents during Tubbs Fire

State regulators moved to revoke the licenses of two Santa Rosa senior housing facilities

9/14/2018


Children’s Medical Center Dallas puts employees first to improve performance

The Texas facility is the 2018 Environmental Services Department of the Year winner in the 250-499 bed category

9/14/2018


IoT security is critical to healthcare

Traditional cybersecurity sometimes lapses when it comes to the IoT

9/14/2018


How UC Medical Center dealt with Cincinnati shooting

UCMC is a Level I trauma center, the only such facility in the region

9/13/2018


Facilities as strategic assets: Navigating the digital transformation of building products and services

The building products, services and solutions industry is being transformed

9/13/2018


Common life-safety violations that can mean lost funding

Government funding involves multiple organizations that all have different standards healthcare facilities must uphold

9/13/2018


Award-winning ES hospital team uses tried-and-true methods

Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, Ill., is the 2018 Environmental Services Department of the Year Winner in the 500+ bed category

9/13/2018


VA adding staff after rust and blood were found on surgical instruments

The VA reported recently that there were about 40,000 job vacancies at the Veterans Health Administration

9/12/2018


Teen kills herself in 'suicide-proof' bedrooms hospital unit

The area of the Glasgow healthcare facility was designed with 'safe' bedrooms

9/12/2018


2018 Environmental Services Departments of the Year named

The award recognizes and celebrates best practices in cleaning and caring for the healthcare environment efficiently and effectively

9/12/2018


Prioritizing hospital CEOs’ #1 priority: Cost control and the physical environment

Even as hospitals and their systems grow larger, 62 percent of surveyed CEOs identify “preparing the enterprise for sustainable cost control” as their top priority.

9/11/2018


Charlotte's largest healthcare providers are increasing security

Atrium is reducing access points to its facilities by 45 percent

9/11/2018


Study says Chicago hospital service workers underpaid

The study found that wages have been stagnant for hospital service workers, despite indicators of increasing industry demand and better-educated workforce

9/11/2018


Step aside millennials: Welcome the new kids on the block

Modern software can ease the challenge and facilitate adjustments, helping HR teams respond with agility to workforce generational changes.

9/11/2018


Alternative strategies can eliminate rock salt in snow removal plan

Pre-spreading salt brine and using potassium formate may allow facility managers to eliminate rock salt

9/11/2018


Specific environmental strategies needed in infection control

World Health Organization offers first-ever priority pathogens list

9/11/2018


Florida judge invalidates 14 assisted living code provisions

A proposed rule that would have required hand-washing by staff members after every resident contact was invalidated

9/10/2018


Hospitals can be difficult to protect from gun violence, experts say

Staffing, equipment can be cost-prohibitive

9/10/2018


IoT in healthcare can lead to drastic increase in productivity

Most healthcare tech devices come with some form of connectivity

9/10/2018



Creating a custodial cleaning plan

Infection control and refurbishment were cited as reasons for putting the beds off limits to patients on gurneys

9/10/2018


Overcrowding in Irish hospitals has almost 8,000 patients stuck on gurneys

Infection control and refurbishment were cited as reasons for putting the beds off limits to patients on gurneys

9/10/2018


Control measures working in Congo Ebola outbreak

The outbreak trend must be interpreted with caution, according to WHO

9/7/2018


Nurses fear increasing attacks by patients

Experts say the frequency and severity of attacks on nurses and other front-line hospital staffers has risen substantially during the past decade

9/7/2018


23 infants infected by contaminated equipment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

August 2016 outbreak linked to 'lack of standard cleaning practices'

9/7/2018


Senior care facility cited in death of woman in hospital building stairwell

75-year-old woman was found dead in the stairwell of locked power plant building

9/7/2018


Children’s hospital stages active shooter drills for ER

Children’s Health Children’s Medical Center Dallas began simulations in August of 2016

9/7/2018


Cybersecurity in healthcare evolves with threats

The healthcare industry is one of the top sectors at the highest risk of cybersecurity

9/7/2018


Safety nets installed after glass panel falls from hospital

Panels have fallen from the building at least three times since it opened

9/6/2018


Energy upgrade to save hospital 2 million pounds in first year

Project also expected to cut 10,000 tons of CO2 in a year

9/6/2018


Heathcare facility floors getting more attention in infection control efforts

Disposable mops may cut down on contamination

9/6/2018


Using bulk soap dispensers comes with risks

Certain types of bacteria will grow well in refillable type dispensers

9/6/2018


Tips for hiring healthcare cybersecurity pros

Cybersecurity requires people from all backgrounds and majors

9/6/2018


The role of auditing in cleaning and disinfection

Nurses play a vital role in healthcare settings

9/5/2018


NIST issues guidance for protecting medical IoT devices

The publication covers how to secure against a variety of cyberattacks

9/5/2018


Regulations, Codes & Standards Q&A: Emergency power generators

Brad Keyes discusses regulations for emergency power generators

9/5/2018


LTC managers urged to embrace new maintenance technology

It is important that all maintenance tasks and activities be organized and efficient

9/5/2018


Taking the sting out of snow and ice removal

By addressing issues such as outsourcing, facility needs, levels of services now, managers can streamline responses to storms when winter comes

9/5/2018


Nonsworn campus security officers' wages have not kept up with inflation

Campus Safety 2018 Salary and Benefits Study says the starting median income for nonsworn officers hasn't changed since 2015

9/4/2018


Survey finds many healthcare providers fall short on cybersecurity

A significant percentage of healthcare facilities are struggling to meet privacy and data security standards

9/4/2018


Understanding energy-saving water heater options

Advances in technology in domestic hot water delivery are worth a fresh look

9/4/2018


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

9/4/2018



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