Facility Operations - March 2019

Hospital cockroaches may be mechanical vectors for MRSA

Cockroaches can transmit human pathogens in healthcare facilities

3/29/2019


Customer service strategies can still translate to FM success

Here's what facility managers need to know to stay current

3/29/2019


N.C. residents oppose construction of ‘essential’ hospital water system

Hospital wants station to ensure it can provide water during future disasters

3/29/2019


Acute care facility cuts infection rates with disposable microfiber mops

A good information security plan can be affordable

3/29/2019


Infographic describes dangers of handling cleaning chemicals

A good information security plan can be affordable

3/29/2019


Studies explore work habits of environmental services professionals

Research also addresses perceptions of the profession

3/29/2019


Quat binding can hinder healthcare facilities' infection control measure

Quat binding occurs when quaternary ammonium compounds make contact with materials, such as cotton, that inactivate or impair the germ-killing performance

3/28/2019


Creating a winning alternative equipment maintenance (AEM) strategy

Alternative Equipment Maintenance programs instituted as part of an Evidence-Based Maintenance umbrellas can ensure that the right maintenance is done, correctly, and at the lowest possible cost.

3/28/2019


Winning stakeholder support for hospital security programs

If people aren’t familiar with a security department's value, ideas may not gain traction

3/28/2019


Hospital flooring options for 2019

Flooring is a crucial part of creating a quality care setting

3/28/2019


Cybersecurity still possible on a tight budget

A good information security plan can be affordable

3/28/2019



CDC: Congo's Ebola outbreak could last a year

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

3/27/2019



Cybersecurity responsibility shared by entire healthcare supply chain

Increased use of connected medical devices and software and wireless technology have made health systems more vulnerable

3/27/2019



Manitoba wants to give hospital security guards power to intervene

Safety officers could detain people during violent incidents

3/26/2019


UC Davis Medical Center first hospital recognized by James Beard Foundation for sustainable food sourcing

Smart Catch leader designation recognizes sustainability in seafood procurement

3/26/2019


More than 350 staffers sleep at S.D. in case of blizzard

The facility estimated that about once a year it has to prepare for a similar emergency situation

3/26/2019


Perimeter security technologies can help to detect, deter problems

NFPA 730 includes guidance on the ‘Concentric Circles of Protection’

3/26/2019


Survey suggests security cameras do make campuses safer

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

3/26/2019


Planning for an active shooter in physician offices

Offices need to plan for an active shooter the same way they’d prepare for any other potential emergency

3/25/2019


Kaiser Permanente expands contract landscaping service

The company announced that it will eliminate approximately 60 full-time gardening jobs at several facilities across Northern California

3/25/2019


WHO says Ebola area contained in Congo

Country still needs long-term support

3/25/2019


Study looks at subsidies for infection control

Researchers found that a dollar-for-dollar matching subsidy was the most effective

3/22/2019


Legionella bacteria at Brooklyn hospital shuts off showers for 4 months

The bacteria was found in certain inpatient units during routine water safety testing

3/22/2019


Cleveland Clinic is working toward 100 percent landfill diversion

The main campus is maintaining more than a 40 percent landfill diversion rate for seven months out of the year

3/22/2019


Miami Beach hospital designed for coastal weather events

The Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Fla., is designed to embrace flexibility and resiliency, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

3/22/2019


Louisiana's 170-year-old mental hospital 'deteriorating'

The Louisiana Department of Health has asked for $348 million over five years to build a 750-bed replacement

3/22/2019


New York-Presbyterian Tower project comes with unique logistical challenges

Adaptability and transparency were what made project a real achievement

3/21/2019


Beleaguered Glasgow hospital needs more staff to meet hygiene standards

Some areas could not be cleaned properly because they are awaiting repair work

3/21/2019


Mayo clinic cafe gets rave reviews

Fans include staff, patients and area residents

3/21/2019


Understanding new leak-detection technology options

Facility managers should also be familiar with the benefits of deploying water-leak detection technology

3/21/2019


Helicopters blew pigeon droppings into wards at Glasgow hospital

Droppings were also found in the ventilation system connected to wards

3/20/2019


Health system backs bill to fight hospital violence

The CEO of Scripps Health voiced support for a California proposal

3/20/2019



IoT in healthcare can lead to drastic increase in productivity

Most healthcare tech devices come with some form of connectivity

3/20/2019


Robot with video link used to tell patient he’s dying

Doctor in California told a patient he had only days left

3/19/2019


Laundry operations need to balance caregiving, cleanliness, costs

Choosing equipment depends on a variety of factors

3/19/2019


Healthcare workers face violence 'epidemic'

Hospitals have to strike a balance between security concerns and accessible facilities

3/19/2019


Probe finds cleanliness issues at Glasgow hospital hit with bird issues

Inspectors find gurneys contaminated with blood, and dust on ventilation panels

3/19/2019


Congo Ebola total more than 900

Seven new cases were recently recorded and 223 suspected cases are still under investigation

3/18/2019


Staffing up during a crisis

In an emergency, online scheduling can help employee deployment and improve communication

3/18/2019


Oregon hospitals restrict access after two gun-related incidents

One incident involves a patient shooting himself

3/18/2019


Cape Cod healthcare facilities ready for storms

Hospitals have plan based on experience

3/18/2019


Environmental health and safety versus demand control ventilation: Challenges and opportunities

New solutions offer ways to proactively prioritize laboratory safety and system performance

3/18/2019


OSHA standard on preventing healthcare workplace violence gains support

Since being introduced in the House on Nov. 16, the bill has picked up an additional 16 co-sponsors for a total of 42

3/15/2019


Are opioids and workplace violence linked in healthcare?

The expansion of the healthcare Internet of Things creating challenges

3/15/2019


New technique detects whether a surface is truly clean

The automatic biological contamination detection method can be used in healthcare to ensure the cleanliness of facilities during norovirus outbreaks or flu season or that surgical tools are sterile before an operation.

3/15/2019


Reassessing healthcare facilities

The expansion of the healthcare Internet of Things creating challenges

3/15/2019


Can smart buildings really be secure?

Because of the Internet of Things, smart buildings are on the rise

3/14/2019


Long Island hospitals training armed security officers

Many hospitals are increasing security by hiring armed officers and installing cameras

3/14/2019


Creating a healthcare facility emergency plan

Emergency departments must develop disaster preparedness plans that go beyond natural disasters and utility failures, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

3/14/2019


Patient climbs into Ohio hospital ceiling and becomes trapped in wall

Man eventually kicked a hole in the drywall

3/13/2019


Healthcare facilities still struggle with infection control

Progress has stalled after infections dropped an average of about 17 percent per year from 2005 to 2013

3/13/2019


A cluttered environment can affect patient experience

Cluttered equipment gives the impression of chaos, confusion and lack of cleanliness

3/13/2019


Achieving a high-performance HVAC system

No building system has more impact on long-term facility operating costs than HVAC. Understand the true costs of HVAC, both initially and while in operation

3/13/2019


mHealth Market will register 38.0% CAGR Growth to cross $289.4 billion by 2025

Growing demand for healthcare information systems and launch of new mobile applications related to mHealth technologies are the factors driving the growth of global market

3/13/2019


Healthcare design can support data security

Architects can help facilities overcome security challenges

3/12/2019


How IoT building management technology can provide resilience in the wake of a hurricane

Uninterrupted access to power can mean the difference between life and death

3/12/2019


New NFPA Standard helps prepare for active shooters

The first standard for responding to an active shooter, NFPA 3000 includes requirements for high-risk facilities

3/12/2019


Creating an healthcare facility emergency plan

Healthcare Design article includes some general steps to consider in this process

3/12/2019


A hospital ransomware comes with lessons

In January of 2018, Hancock Health in Greenfield, Ind., was hit with a cyberattack from a criminal syndicate in Eastern Europe

3/12/2019


Study finds air quality can impact effectiveness of antibiotics

Bacteria that cause respiratory infections can be affected by air pollution

3/12/2019


11 Wanaque facility deaths due to more than poor hygiene, report says

Doctor admitted that he was barely aware of the crisis

3/11/2019


Doctor shot by patient at Florida VA hospital VA Medical Center

Employees say not all of the entrances at the hospital have metal detectors

3/11/2019


Healthcare facilities in Puerto Rico move to solar power

The installation is part of a larger effort to strengthen Puerto Rico’s infrastructure

3/11/2019


Workplace violence bill would require hospitals to meet OSHA safety standards

The bill includes design standards, such as using glass partitions at certain nurse stations

3/11/2019


Hospitals in Belize to be safer, green and more resilient

The upgrades include improvements to the ceilings so that they can withstand heavy rain, wind and hurricanes

3/11/2019


Survey suggests security cameras do make campuses safer

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

3/11/2019


Ebola spreading in Congo via healthcare facilities

Investigators found that patients recently visited a health clinic for treatment for some other disease

3/8/2019


'Alexa' being admitted to patient rooms at L.A. hospital

Patients can use "Aiva" to interact with nurses and control their entertainment

3/8/2019


LEED design should be followed by LEED operation

A building is only as sustainable as its day-to-day operation

3/8/2019


Community Health System to pay $4.5M for HIPAA breach

System agreed to the settlement following a 2014 data breach

3/8/2019


Ontario hospital implements infant security program

Each newborn wears a light-weight, self-adjusting ankle band linked to an electronic tracking system

3/8/2019


Hospitals use virtual reality tech to ease patient fears

VR tech is also being used to train staff

3/8/2019


Boston hospital expansion to include disaster, flood protection

The design will consider every worst-case scenario

3/7/2019


Why the time is right to move your security platform to the cloud

The cloud is the next generation for security platforms as it offers an enhanced feature set while remaining relatively future proof

3/7/2019


Study finds inaccuracy, inconvenience hinders electronic hand-hygiene monitoring

Studied system was based on radio frequency transmitters in patient areas

3/7/2019


Hospital security officers get creative to help patient with autism

Safety officers at Loyola University Medical Center are being praised for helping aggressive patient without using force

3/7/2019


Technology changing healthcare design process

Systems that help understand doctor and nurse workflows can simplify design choices

3/7/2019


South Los Angeles hospital prepared for gang member patients

When members of rival gangs are brought to the ER, MLKCH locks down the emergency room and creates two separate waiting rooms

3/6/2019


Listeriosis death prompts closure of hospital catering company

Caterer was ordered to suspend production while the source of Listeria is being investigated

3/6/2019


Billings Clinic emergency department improvises to deal with unusually high patient numbers

Patient beds have been set up in a conference room and in hallways in the emergency department to handle the overflow

3/6/2019


Air quality's role in infection prevention can be overlooked

Having the right tools to communicate the importance of temperature and humidity is important

3/6/2019


Records show Texas hospital elevators plagued with issues

A review of records found that people had been trapped in one elevator at least 13 times between March 2018 and January 2019

3/5/2019


N.J. nursing home where 11 kids died still cannot admit new patients

New guidelines are needed to prevent the spread of infection

3/5/2019


C. diff study tests different cleaning approach

Since the C. diff spores are so environmental hardy, cleaning and disinfecting is particularly challenging

3/5/2019


OSHA affirms workplace violence citation against Pa. health facility

OSHA found at least 51 workplace violence incidents involving patients and staff in one year

3/5/2019


How to maintain security devices

Diligence is key to protecting equipment from damage and loss

3/5/2019



Partially burned medical records found outside Atlanta clinic

Hundreds of patient documents were found in a dumpster and others stored outside in shipping crates.

3/4/2019


Tips for hiring healthcare cybersecurity pros

Cybersecurity requires people from all backgrounds and majors

3/4/2019


Deciding whether to repair or replace grounds equipment

Repair history and mowing need should be considered

3/4/2019


Missouri healthcare system adds security officers

Initiative encourages security guards to integrate more fully into the care team

3/4/2019


'Safety Guy' builds legacy at Michigan hospital

Work includes everything from safeguarding patient and staff data to preventing surgical infections and workplace violence

3/1/2019


Better workflow can improve surgical center sterile processing

'Process-driven' design and planning can help reduce risks

3/1/2019


Safety at risk in ransomware attacks

More than 2,100 patient deaths per year are linked to data breaches at hospitals

3/1/2019


New HVAC systems present challenges, opportunities

Mechanical systems have evolved not only technologically, but also in how they're purchased

3/1/2019



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