Facility Operations - June 2019

Hospital faucets can harbor slime and biofilm

Water splashing out of a sink can spread contaminants

6/21/2019


Ohio hospital didn’t disinfect water lines linked to Legionnaires’

Officials said they think the bacteria are linked to inadequate disinfection prior to the facility’s opening

6/21/2019


Hospitals constantly look for ways to cut energy use

U.S. hospitals spend about $8.3 billion a year on energy

6/21/2019


Tech can help healthcare facilities guard against disaster

Keeping health IT systems up and running is critical

6/21/2019


Flint hospital ordered to reduce Legionnaires' risks

Hospital says the order is part of an effort to shift blame

6/21/2019


Robocalls can disrupt hospital communication systems

A study found that EMS practiced hand hygiene before patient contact in just 7% of assessments

6/21/2019


WHO repeats: Ebola outbreak not yet a global emergency.

It’s the third time agency has decided against emergency designation

6/20/2019


How to mitigate the spread of pathogens in sterile medical areas

Pathogens are most likely to proliferate in areas where moisture can accumulate and in any type of indentation, nook, cranny, divot, crack and puncture

6/20/2019


Smart toilets can help identify health problems

One toilet seat contains devices that measure blood oxygenation levels, heart rate, and blood pressure

6/20/2019


Infection control efforts start with EMS personnel

A study found that EMS practiced hand hygiene before patient contact in just 7 percent of assessments

6/20/2019


Ohio tornadoes lead to record patient volumes at ERs

Both of the major hospital networks set up command centers

6/19/2019


Patient care’s next frontier: The Internet of Things

IoT devices allow users, like healthcare facility managers, to collect critical data, analyze said data and then react to it based on real-time information

6/19/2019


Prefabrication is changing healthcare construction and design

Prefabrication improves efficiency because it helps accelerate schedules and wastes less material

6/19/2019


Ebola cases reported in Uganda

Cases are first outside outbreak in Congo

6/18/2019


Pennsylvania hospital gives up stun guns after wrongly using one on patient

Taser used to subdue a patient who was on suicide watch and became threatening and aggressive

6/18/2019


The future of telehealth and what it means for facilities management

Telehealth is putting a 21st century spin on the old-fashioned house call

6/18/2019


Are your vendors putting the PHI of your patients at risk?

Outsourcing can be a cost-effective move, but failure to properly assess and manage risks related to protected health information (PHI) can create legal and reputational issues for the organization

6/18/2019


Twice-daily disinfection recommended for healthcare facility tablets

Tablets are often colonized with important human pathogens

6/17/2019


VA healthcare facilities to go smoke-free

The ban extends to patients, visitors, volunteers, contractors and vendors

6/17/2019


Nurse attacked with stun gun at S.C. hospital

Weapon was taken from security guard

6/17/2019


Large bee hive removed from Florida hospital parking lot

Beekeeper estimates around 8,000 bees were removed

6/17/2019


Problems with water pump postpones surgeries at Mayo University Hospital

The water pump in the sterilization facility

6/17/2019


Healthcare data interoperability market to reach $3 billion by 2025

Increasing technological advancements in healthcare data interoperability software will positively influence industry growth in coming years

6/17/2019


WHO: Containing Congo Ebola outbreak may take two years

Of the 1,931 confirmed Ebola patients, 1,357 have died

6/14/2019


Key aspects to updating your security infrastructure

Start by discussing plans for growth and development

6/14/2019


Healthcare facilities must adapt to changing cybersecurity threats

Patients’ role in cybersecurity expected to grow

6/14/2019


Whiteboards could help cut C-section rates

Communication may be the key

6/14/2019


Avoiding the hidden costs of environmental services staff injuries

Environmental services work-related injuries usually involve either exposure to harmful contaminants or musculoskeletal disorders

6/14/2019


N.J. seeks new infection protections for healthcare facilities

Viral outbreak at a Wanaque pediatric facility contributed to 11 deaths and some three dozen illnesses

6/13/2019


Three UK hospital patients dead from listeria linked to pre-packaged sandwiches

Health agencies and local authorities are investigating the source of the infection

6/13/2019


Improving EVS management and technology can improve workflow

Productivity can suffer if staff are not identifying solutions on how to accomplish their tasks

6/13/2019


Man hires attorney after contracting lice from gurney at Detroit hospital

Hospital employees discovered that someone had stuffed wet clothes covered in bugs - possibly lice - under the gurney he was given as a mattress

6/13/2019


Vanderbilt University upgrades HVAC systems

Through Vanderbilt University’s HVAC system upgrades, officials offer strategies and tactics for delivering success

6/13/2019


Canadian nurses union wants more security guards in hospitals

There have been more than 2,000 incidents last year

6/12/2019


Mayo Clinic food service co-worker stabs co-worker in cafeteria

The employee cafeteria closed during investigation

6/12/2019


Preparing healthcare facilities for a disaster

Hospitals must maintain continuity of patient care

6/12/2019


Protecting patients' sleep in healthcare facilities

Some physicians have suggested giving patients ear plugs and an eye mask

6/11/2019


CVS will expand in-store healthcare services

The retailer will launch a fleet of 1,500 HealthHUBs by the end of 2021

6/11/2019


Bright future seen for Millennials leading healthcare facilities

When presented with a system that improves productivity while reducing waste, Millennials will embrace it more times than not

6/11/2019


NY healthcare facilities may serve vegan alternatives

Bill would require hospitals and nursing homes to offer vegan options at every meal and snack to patients who request them

6/11/2019


USP <800> and how it can affect your facility

It will be the first standard to not only change the handling of pharmaceuticals for human medical facilities, but animal hospitals as well

6/11/2019


Ebola outbreak reaches 2,000 cases

The number of confirmed cases reached 2,000 three times as quickly as it took to reach 1,000

6/10/2019


Three more Legionnaires’ cases reported at Mount Carmel Grove City Hospital

One person who contracted Legionnaires’ has died

6/10/2019


Energy Star changes for 2019

There are several updates to the Energy Star scoring and certification system

6/10/2019


Areas outside nursing home resident rooms key to infection control

Residents have frequent contact with staff and the environment outside of their rooms

6/7/2019


Technology is evolving in healthcare facilities

New demands, practices, and yes, technology, are reshaping healthcare facilities

6/7/2019


Fresh Food Farmacy receives Healthy Living Award

The Fresh Food Farmacy provides fresh, healthy food to patients

6/7/2019


Germicidal technologies can reduce hospital airborne pathogens

UV-C energy can fortify hospital defenses against infectious diseases by reducing their concentrations without increasing their resistance to medicines

6/7/2019


New Ohio healthcare facility reports patient death in Legionnaires’ outbreak

The first patient was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ the day after the hospital opened

6/6/2019


What you need to know about new standards for hazardous waste pharmaceuticals

The final rule goes into effect Aug. 21, 2019

6/6/2019


Hospital salaries: From environmental services to the CEO

There are 73,250 janitors and cleaners employed in hospitals

6/6/2019


Doctors sick of fast food restaurants inside healthcare facilities

McDonald’s restaurant inside its major Macon, Ga., hospital is closing after a complaint by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

6/6/2019


Healthcare facilities dealing with record flooding in Midwest

More than a dozen states hit with severe weather

6/5/2019


New paint and coating technology has long-term benefits

Meeting facility sustainability needs means staying abreast of changes in products and applications

6/5/2019


Man hurt in shooting on Arkansas children’s hospital campus

Authorities call shooting at Arkansas Children’s Hospital a random incident

6/5/2019


A greener environmental services department can have a wide impact

Green practices can increase environmental sustainability and improve patient care

6/5/2019


Michigan investigates Legionnaires' at four hospitals

Patient at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor confirmed with Legionnaires' disease

6/4/2019


Cancer patient's room infested with bed bugs at Detroit Hospital

Hospital said the bugs were from someone's infested clothing left behind

6/4/2019


Outsourcing EVS for rural hospitals

Cost, staffing, process integration, compliance, reporting… all were concerns as they explored outsourcing options

6/4/2019


Environmental disinfection tips for Candida auris infection prevention and control

Preventing C. auris transmission requires diligent adherence to infection control recommendations, including placing patients colonized or infected with C. auris in single rooms on Standard and Contact Precautions

6/4/2019


NYU student goes from janitor to nursing school grad

Baez's goal is to become a critical care nurse in the intensive care unit

6/4/2019


Study finds solutions for limiting exposure to Candida auris

Procedures used in an animal facility can potentially be applied to healthcare facilities

6/3/2019


Internet of Medical Things transforming healthcare

A strong network needs proper prevention and detection measures for security threats

6/3/2019


Understand what radar cannot see, and make better decisions

Cutting-edge radars reinforce trust — if you understand the basic mechanics of the tool

6/3/2019


Environmental services' morale sometimes suffers on the job

Lifting staff morale goes a long way toward improving productivity

6/3/2019


Nursing homes particularly vulnerable to hurricanes

Many nursing homes are located in southeastern or Gulf Coast states

6/3/2019



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