Facility Operations - April 2019

Two Oklahoma hospitals held off spread of ‘superbug’

Both incidents reflect the growing problem of multidrug-resistant Candida auris

4/30/2019


Many Fla. healthcare facilities still lack generators

As hurricane season nears, many nursing homes and assisted living facilities struggle to meet requirements

4/30/2019


Maintaining a safe and healthy healthcare facility

Running any type of medical facility requires a high level of performance, cleanliness and safety

4/30/2019


Coalitions help healthcare facilities prepare for disasters

There are nearly 500 healthcare coalitions across the U.S.

4/30/2019


Are cleaners sanitizing and disinfecting too much?

Doctor says routine cleaning and maintenance of large water systems are key to preventing patients from falling ill

4/30/2019


Lighting guidelines change for healthcare facilities

Changes in the healthcare industry have impacted how facilities are designed and operated

4/29/2019


Hilo hospital adopts airport-style security measures

A man attacked four employees last month

4/29/2019


Best practices for cleaning, disinfection

Cleaning, disinfecting critical to prevention of hospital-acquired infections

4/29/2019


Irish hospitals won't limit food high in sugar, salt and fat

Priority is to ensure patients get enough energy

4/29/2019


Practice Greenhealth names 25 most environmentally sustainable hospitals

The winners were chosen among hospital applicants that have the highest scores on the Greenhealth Partner for Change application

4/29/2019


Medical facility saves time and money by refreshing maternity ward doors

Maternity ward doors suffer from frequent use and required a fresh coat of paint every three months

4/29/2019


Deadly fungus must spur big changes in infection control

Expert says the best way to prepare for Candida auris is to really examine the culture around infection control in the nursing home

4/26/2019


Hospitals deploy a range of methods against superbugs

C. auris can survive for weeks outside a patient

4/26/2019


Conversational chatbots in healthcare facilities

Among the areas where AI is transforming healthcare is within the arena of patient experience

4/26/2019


Study: 14 percent of new hospital patients carry superbugs

Researchers found multidrug-resistant organisms in 29 percent of patient rooms

4/26/2019


Healthcare information technology market to reach $441 billion by 2025

Favorable government initiatives for encouraging adoption of information technology in healthcare services will boost industry growth in the future.

4/26/2019


South Carolina hospitals reviewing security after two shootings

South Carolina Hospital Association hosted a webinar about violence in healthcare settings

4/25/2019


Study finds low hand-hygiene compliance in ICUs

Hand-hygiene compliance was lowest when moving from dirtier to cleaner patient-care tasks

4/25/2019


Tennessee hospital boost security following shooting

The Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg is adding armed guards

4/25/2019


New York hospital

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

4/25/2019


Veteran shoots, kills himself in Texas VA waiting room

Less than a week before, two veterans from Georgia killed themselves in separate incidents outside VA hospitals

4/24/2019


Contaminated duodenoscopes linked to 3 new deaths, 45 more infections

FDA says manufacturers must increase post-market studies

4/24/2019


Ebola surge experiences two consecutive record-setting days

The surge came just as WHO emergency committee decided the developments did not constitute an international public health emergency

4/23/2019


Research links antimicrobial resistance and climate change

Researchers noticed that resistance increased as temperatures warmed in the U.S.

4/23/2019


Study says privacy curtains often contaminated with superbugs

Researchers also found bedside curtain contamination was linked to patients becoming colonized with MRSA and VRE

4/23/2019


FDA issues final rule on hand sanitizers

The rule says certain active ingredients are not allowed to be used

4/23/2019


Study says petting zoos are breeding grounds for drug-resistant superbugs

Petting zoos can result in shedding and transmission of multi-drug resistant pathogens

4/23/2019


Specifying portable cooling based on facility needs

Managers need to understand cooling needs and equipment requirements

4/23/2019


SC laws under scrutiny after two hospital shootings in two days

Current laws do little to deter patients from lashing out at healthcare workers and should be reformed

4/22/2019



Legionnaires' cases increasing

The number of people with Legionnaires’ disease grew by nearly five times from 2000-2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

4/22/2019


SC hospital shootings highlight violence in healthcare facilities

Advocates say the culture tells employees danger is 'just part of a job'

4/22/2019


Security tightening at hospitals

Some facilities have moved to increase security due to local and even internal incidents

4/22/2019


Candida auris cases in U.S. rise to 587

The fungus infection is on the rise worldwide

4/18/2019


Third baby dies in Glasgow after contracting hospital infection

Two extremely premature babies have already died at the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital

4/18/2019


Healthcare facility staffers have had enough of workplace violence

Groups representing doctors and nurses calling for changes

4/18/2019


Nursing homes using special soap on patients to fight drug-resistant germs

At least 2 million people in the U.S. become infected with an antibiotic-resistant bacteria every year

4/18/2019


Baltimore area hospitals bar youth visitors amid measles concerns

With a case of the measles reported, a health system is not allowing visitors under the age of 14

4/18/2019


WHO decides Congo Ebola outbreak is not an international emergency

Declaring the outbreak a 'public health emergency of international concern' would have boosted international response

4/17/2019


Scientists see new superbugs in the future

Drug-resistant infections affect 2 million people a year in the United States

4/17/2019


E. coli strain found in NYC hospital

Researchers identified a highly resistant strain of Escherichia coli in four patients

4/17/2019


Fault-detection software can support Increased air optimization and infectious disease prevention

In the last decade, the number of people getting sick from Legionella bacteria in healthcare and hospital environments has substantially increased

4/17/2019


Healthcare facilities upgrade dining options

An article on the Healthcare Design website showcases several recent healthcare dining options

4/17/2019


Why Candida auris is an 'emerging threat'

Candida auris is continuing to spread in hospitals around the world

4/16/2019


Caution urged in outbreak of deadly fungus in Chicago area

Candida auris has sickened more than 150 people in Illinois, most of them in the Chicago area

4/16/2019


Secrecy around drug-resistant outbreaks in hospitals debated

The rise of a deadly drug-resistant fungus called Candida auris has raised questions about the policy of secrecy

4/16/2019


Study: Electronic health records market to reach $38 billion by 2025

Rising adoption of electronic health record will augment electronic health records industry growth in the upcoming period

4/16/2019


How to attract and retain millennial healthcare workers

For recruiters and hiring managers in the notoriously tight healthcare market, it’s a whole new game

4/15/2019


Health concerns expected to fuel cleaning chemicals market

The recent outbreak of diseases, such as Ebola, swine flu, etc. have increased health concerns

4/15/2019


Automated doors can provide both access and security to healthcare facilities

Different types of entrances present their own challenges

4/15/2019


Are biofilms from hospital shower pipes harmful?

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

4/15/2019


Health worker among new Congo Ebola patients

Eighty-two health workers have been infected

4/12/2019


Bedside tablets and apps are giving patients some control over care

The apps provide medical information, such as medications and dosage, procedures, daily care schedules, test results and education videos

4/12/2019


Hospital hit by lethal infection is still dirty, according to parents of patients

Two families have made official complaints claiming the wards are not being cleaned properly and accusing staff of failing to treat the issue seriously

4/12/2019


CDC: Almost half infected by Candida auris die in 90 days

The fungus, which preys on people with weakened immune systems, is spreading around the world

4/11/2019


Visitor's bag may have contained gun Naples hospital patient used to kill himself

The hospital is considering policy changes after the incident

4/11/2019


Hospital vows ‘robust’ cleaning procedures after deaths linked to pigeon droppings

In 2018, two patients at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital died from infection linked to pigeon droppings

4/11/2019


Calif. hospital lets kids drive mini cars to surgery

Kids have a choice between a black mini Mercedes and a pink Beetle

4/11/2019


Developing a successful ASC infection control program

Specific procedures like sterile processing for instrument care should be in place

4/11/2019


Alexa can now be HIPAA compliant

Amazon says health data can now be accessed securely

4/10/2019


Hospital security staff strikes

Security staff at Southampton General Hospital's emergency department stages 24-hour strike in a dispute over safety, pay and sick leave conditions

4/10/2019


Mitigating vendor risks to combat hospitals’ most common non-compliance requirements

Often, hospitals outsource management of systems to third-party vendors where inconsistencies can arise

4/10/2019


Improving patient outcomes through daylight

Sprawling Parkland Memorial Hospital site adapts for future, automates for performance

4/10/2019


Wyoming healthcare facility planning security upgrades after active shooter incident

Casper hospital to get cameras, doors and guards

4/9/2019


Technology supports the patient-centered supply chain, improving outcomes and boosting cost savings

Tech-savvy organizations are finding untapped opportunities in the supply chain

4/9/2019


Longer terminal cleaning may not be more effective

A study was conducted at an acute care Veterans Affairs hospital in Temple, Texas

4/9/2019


1 in 4 healthcare facilities lacks basic water services

UNICEF and WHO say many health centers lack basic facilities for hand hygiene and safe segregation and disposal of healthcare waste

4/9/2019


Pa health system creates new executive position in response to safety violations

Lancaster General Hospital gets third citation in a year after patient wandered across town

4/9/2019


A greener environmental services department can have a wide impact

Green practices can increase environmental sustainability and improve patient care

4/9/2019


WHO says Congo Ebola outbreak spreading faster than ever

Each of the past two weeks have registered a record number of new cases

4/8/2019


Best practices for healthcare cybersecurity

HIPAA's latest figures show that the number of patient records exposed tripled last year

4/8/2019


Software and hardware end-of-life risks for healthcare

Not addressing unsupported assets can be a major risk

4/8/2019


Hospital evacuation linked to botched toilet repair

Difficulty locating the damaged pipe’s shut-off valve has raised concerns about safety protocols

4/8/2019


Telemedicine stands to offer new horizons to healthcare solution landscape

Program run by New Jersey utility lets hospitals to use interest-free, on-bill repayment to install energy-saving upgrades

4/8/2019


26 states report high flu activity

Flu was widespread in 34 states and Puerto Rico for the week ending March 23

4/5/2019


Patient sleeps in chair because Edinburgh hospital bed was dirty

Woman alleged room was 'horrific' with bloodstained swabs and bandages under beds, stains on the walls and blocked toilets

4/5/2019


Suit alleges women were secretly recorded in Calif. hospital

The hospital says the recordings were part of an investigation into drug theft

4/5/2019


Drones delivering medical samples at N.C. hospital

The partnership is part of a three-year Federal Aviation Administration pilot program to test practical applications for drones

4/5/2019


Some cleaning chemicals a hazard to medical devices

Use of some cleaning products could harm medical devices

4/5/2019


Managing violence in healthcare facilities

The first step to address workplace violence is knowing the provisions of state law

4/4/2019


Plumbing systems should be simple and reliable

Know the requirements and technical challenges of the healthcare facility plumbing system

4/4/2019


Legionnaires’ confirmed in dead Calif. prison inmate

The Stockton facility is a hospital and a prison

4/3/2019


Four causes of recent Legionella cases

Establishing three prevention protocols can save lives

4/3/2019


Net zero energy is the future of facilities

Practices, considerations for an ultra-efficient building

4/3/2019


Google Home, Amazon Echo finding place in operating rooms

The technology allows surgeons to devote less time and mental energy to device technicalities

4/2/2019


Healthcare design needs to accommodate AI technologies

Healthcare design must adapt to the billions of data-gathering devices and the trillions of data points collected daily

4/2/2019


Luxurious maternity hospital includes beauty treatments and new baby gifts

Keiai Hospital in Fujimi City also lends new parents iPads for pictures

4/2/2019


Disinfectant selection is essential for effective cleaning

Adherence to the manufacturer’s label instructions is also key

4/2/2019


Ebola outbreak spreads to another large city in Congo

Bunia is the second-largest city in eastern Congo to confirm a case during the current outbreak

4/1/2019



Plumbing upgrades focus on health and hygiene

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

4/1/2019



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