Facility Operations - February 2019

Tapping facility data can help improve maintenance

Campus taps into facility data to improve maintenance and support organizational goals

2/28/2019


Jacksonville hospital introduces pharmacy kiosk system

Emergency room patients will have easier access to medications

2/28/2019


Hand washing increases during viral outbreaks, survey finds

Nearly 2 out of 3 Americans believe their hands are less germy after washing with soap and water than after using hand sanitizer

2/28/2019


Advances in tools expand drain cleaning versatility

Changes have meant greater power and versatility for technicians

2/28/2019


San Francisco hospital cuts food waste with on-demand service

Hospitals waste two to three times more than other food service sectors

2/27/2019


Flu activity reaches a new season high

influenza-like illness levels have reached 4.8 percent

2/27/2019


Connectable hospital bed designed for patient safety

Design may also simplify day-to-day nursing tasks

2/27/2019


48 states report widespread flu activity

The CDC reported 6,868 confirmed flu-associated hospitalizations from Oct. 1, 2018, through Feb. 9

2/26/2019


How to tell if restrooms need an upgrade

When MEP systems work well, they're not notices, but when there’s an issue, these systems can be a nuisance

2/26/2019


Arkansas hospital temporarily loses power for nonpayment

Power has been reconnected at the De Queen Hospital

2/26/2019


How lighting controls reduce energy use

Lighting controls can reduce lighting energy use in institutional and commercial facilities by up to 47 percent

2/26/2019


Texas hospital elevator had safety problems before employee was hurt

The elevator had been out of service at least four times in the year before the accident

2/25/2019


Joint Commission offers guidance on writing infection control policies

The Joint Commission approach is based on requirements and chosen evidence-based guidelines

2/25/2019


Safety at D.C. psychiatric hospital questioned after attack on nurse

The nurse said the attack could have been prevented if the facility had installed security barriers at nursing stations

2/25/2019


Adventist Health won't reopen Camp Fire-damaged Feather River Hospital

More than 1,300 employees given notices

2/25/2019


Google adapts cloud service to work with fax machines

Former Google CEO and chairman said healthcare tech is still in the 'stone age'

2/25/2019


Top 10 cleaning toxins and natural alternatives

Cleaning products often contain toxic chemicals. Chronic exposure to these can cause a variety of issues

2/22/2019


NHS hospital outsources cleaning services

A union has criticized the decision

2/22/2019


R.I hospital using new interactive hand-washing simulator

The Miriam Hospital in Providence walks users through the steps of proper hand-washing

2/21/2019


Focusing on filters for air quality

Strategies for matching filters to applications to improve indoor health

2/21/2019


Key cybersecurity threats in 2019

Mobile device issues, ransomeware and cloud based-data breaches are a few of the cybersecurity threats healthcare facilities face in 2019

2/21/2019


Matching concrete coatings to facility needs

Expanding product options can create complex decisions

2/21/2019


The role of door hardware in security

Careful planning and follow-through ensure locks, handles, hinges and operators protect occupants and help achieve security goals

2/21/2019


What facilities managers need to know about edge computing

Edge computing, a way to place data closer to its point of use, is moving into all types of commercial buildings

2/20/2019


The value of daylighting, even with LEDs

Even when LEDs mimic sunlight, expert see LEDs as complementary to — but not replacing — daylighting strategies

2/20/2019


Incapacitated woman’s rape spurs push in Ariz. for more cameras

The Arizona House is considering a measure that would let certain facilities install video surveillance in common areas

2/19/2019


Thirteen million sick with flu so far this season

The percentage of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness increased to 4.3 percent for the week ending Feb. 2

2/19/2019


Healthcare facilities benefiting from efficiency program

Hospitals are seeing a major reduction in energy bills as a result of updated equipment and retrofits

2/19/2019


Technology transforming healthcare experience

Someday, sensors might be installed on the windows and HVAC system to allow for operable windows in patient care areas, while still meeting infection control concerns, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

2/19/2019


Part 3: How to mitigate risks associated with connected medical devices

Working with limited resources and building a solid foundation that will enable effective cyber-risk mitigation strategies

2/19/2019


Energy information systems can help save energy

Energy Information Systems (EIS) bring multiple benefits for facilities managers, from identifying efficiency opportunities to validating utility billing

2/19/2019


A crash course in GRC for the healthcare industry

Healthcare facilities must take the time to ensure that all employees are educated on governance, risk and compliance (GRC) when it comes to information security

2/15/2019


Balancing sustainable design and efficiency

Upgrades to green building standards have provided a solid framework

2/15/2019


Health system energy investments support carbon goal

Kaiser Permanente purchases wind, solar and battery energy

2/15/2019


Study says removing sinks from ICU cuts bacterial colonization

'Water-free' patient care can reduce the number of ICU patients colonized with gram-negative bacteria

2/15/2019


LED lighting can save lives, energy in hospital parking garage

Reston Hospital is expecting an 81 percent reduction in annual energy consumption

2/15/2019



Minnesota families push for cameras in nursing homes

A new bill strives to balance privacy, safety

2/14/2019


Houston healthcare facility adopts proactive maintenance plan

MD Anderson Cancer Center developed a facility renewal program (FRP) that addressed facilities and infrastructure needs

2/14/2019


Responding to active shooters in healthcare facilities

'Run, hide, fight' is not always possible

2/14/2019


Patient at Pennsylvania hospital cleared of Ebola

The situation came after another case in Nebraska last month

2/13/2019


Milwaukee hospital implements more safety precautions following killing in parking garage

Hospital staff members say there are now patrols 24 hours a day in each parking lot and parking garage

2/13/2019


Sinks next to toilets in patient rooms could spread germs

Sinks located next to patient toilets in hospital rooms may be reservoirs for Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase

2/13/2019


Psychiatric hospital fined $650K for failure to protect workers

The hospital does not have proper risk assessments, policies or training on preventing violence

2/13/2019


N.Y. hospital installs cooling towers to help prevent Legionnaires’

The towers also are expected to reduce energy consumption by about 40 percent

2/12/2019


New York hospital's recognized for water quality program

NewYork-Presbyterian has earned the ASHE Excellence in Health Care Facility Management Award

2/12/2019


Gloveless hospital staffers dispose of dangerous waste at Glasgow facility currently under investigation

A probe is under way into the deaths of the two newborn children at the hospital’s Princess Royal Maternity unit

2/12/2019


Calif. hospital's hand-hygiene rate doubles with RTLS technology

The facility's hand-hygiene compliance has increased, on average, from 45 percent to 77 percent

2/12/2019


Securing the Internet of medical things

Study suggested that there are an average of 164 cyberthreats detected per 1,000 connected host devices

2/12/2019


FBI data confirms risk in hospital parking garage after attack

A Wisconsin nurse was killed in a parking garage attached to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee

2/11/2019


On the edge: How hybrid IT is advancing healthcare

Hybrid IT models allow healthcare organizations to shift critical infrastructure to a mix of on-premise, cloud and edge environments

2/11/2019


Part 2: How to mitigate risks associated with connected medical devices

Properly identifying, assessing and scoring the cyber-risks of medical devices on your network

2/11/2019


Infection control issues may cost two Detroit hospitals Medicare contracts

CMS warned DMC Harper University Hospital and DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital

2/11/2019


Study finds hospital sink traps may harbor antibiotic-resistant bacteria

CPE outbreaks are mostly attributed to patient-to-patient transmission via healthcare workers

2/11/2019


Glasgow hospital patient ill with new fungal infection

NHS Greater Glasgow said the likely source is a water leak in a single patient room in the hospital, which has been repaired.

2/8/2019


Study says hospital patients' poor food intake can be unhealthy

Research shows malnutrition is an unaddressed and widespread problem in hospitals

2/8/2019


Anesthesia areas have infection control challenges

Several elements of anesthesia practice were identified as problematic

2/8/2019


Milwaukee nurses pushing for more security after fatal attack in parking garage

Hospital representatives said the facility has made security enhancements and will continue to make improvements

2/7/2019


Security Guard in S.C. arrested for sexually assaulting sleeping patient

The guard at Springs Memorial Hospital in Lancaster, was charged with criminal sexual conduct in the third degree

2/7/2019


Are biofilms from hospital shower pipes harmful?

Some new bacteria with characteristics of species known to be harmful were seen

2/7/2019


Former valet driver charged in death of nurse practitioner at Milwaukee hospital

Froedtert policies require that contracted employees from third-party vendors follow the same background checks required for direct employees

2/6/2019


Staff at second Glasgow hospital complained about pigeon droppings

Two patients at another Glasgow hospital died after receiving treatment for a fungal infection linked to pigeon droppings

2/6/2019


Nurse-call technologies improving care

Greater integration helps healthcare facility workflow

2/6/2019


These may be the droids healthcare facilities are looking for

Star Wars-esque robot can help deliver medicines and materials

2/5/2019


Cleaning staff at Glasgow hospital with pigeon issues ‘not briefed’ on infection control

The death of a pediatric patient has been linked to pigeon droppings in the facility

2/5/2019


Highly regulated environment poses challenges to healthcare device innovation

Creating and manufacturing medical devices requires adherence to extensive regulatory standards, research and testing as well as accurate performance analytics to improve the process

2/5/2019


Hypothermia death outside Montreal seniors' home sparks calls for better security

Woman, 93, was locked outside after an early-morning alarm

2/5/2019


Fencing installed to improve patient safety at N.Z. mental hospital

Fencing installed to keep patients from getting to a bridge that was a site of suicide attempts

2/5/2019


Seven elevators at Fort Worth hospital out of service in week after checks by contractor

John Peter Smith Hospital employee was injured in one of the elevators

2/4/2019


How to mitigate risks associated with connected medical devices

Unprotected medical devices lead to more occurrences of data breaches and increase the risk to patient safety

2/4/2019


Study tracks which healthcare facility workers wash their hands most

Nurses and environmental and food services staffers came out on top

2/4/2019


Ebola outbreak expected to continue at least 6 more months

WHO expert links large number of children affected to informal health facilities that are not regulated

2/1/2019


Mobile acute services hospitals created as an independent pod-based system of drones

MASH system drones can hover above disaster zones. The “facility” would be assembled from a series of modular clinical and support pods that can be linked together to create an elevated station, according to an article on the Healthcare Design magazine website

2/1/2019


Increasing energy efficiency and patient comfort with LED automation

Advancements in LED lighting and controls are enabling the modernization of these facilities for a better patient experience while also positively impacting long-term operational and maintenance costs.

2/1/2019


LEDs can light the way to significant savings

LED upgrades benefit occupants and the bottom line

2/1/2019



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