Facility Operations - July 2019

IoT – The prescription to keeping workers and patients safe on hospital construction jobsites

When workers are equipped with IoT-based wearable sensors, managers can see in real time the workers present for every trade

7/26/2019


Ebola case confirmed in Congo city on Rwanda border

Case could signal a major escalation for the outbreak

7/24/2019


Operating room material choices must address infection control needs

Materials and finishes in the OR—particularly walls and flooring—are an important part of creating a safe environment, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

7/24/2019


Hospital cutting food waste and cost

Providence Health trimming unnecessary food expenditures

7/24/2019


Dangerous bacteria can survive disinfectant

Study suggests that UV light is an option for disinfecting, but it can be challenging to make sure all surfaces are fully exposed to the light

7/23/2019


Irish hospitals struggling with infection control

Problems include a lack of isolation facilities, high occupancy rates and aging hospitals

7/23/2019


BAS's role in facilities management

The BAS can assist FMs in promoting a safe, productive and efficient work environment

7/23/2019


Dealing with contamination in recycling programs

Widespread contamination of the recycling stream has resulted in what many are calling a crisis in the U.S. recycling industry

7/23/2019


The blueprint for IoT infrastructure in healthcare

Developments in technology that contribute to the Internet of Things are introducing some extremely interesting innovations for healthcare providers

7/23/2019


Respiratory outbreak investigated at Va. senior facility

54 residents fall ill at Springfield facility

7/22/2019


Patient beds line Australian hospitals halls with increased demand

Some patients forced to spend more than 24 hours waiting for a room

7/22/2019


Maintaining healthcare facility security during chaos

Facilities rely on cameras and professional security

7/22/2019


Some hospital cleaning methods can't kill C. diff

Spores grow on gowns, other surfaces

7/22/2019


IoT security is critical to healthcare

Traditional cybersecurity sometimes lapses when it comes to the IoT

7/22/2019


New alarms that whistle and sing are designed to lessen hospital noise

Efforts are underway to make alarms quieter and design systems of visual cues — like interactive screens that look like paintings

7/19/2019


Lighting can support healthier patient rooms

Advanced lighting design can improve patient and visitor outcomes and comfort and staff productivity

7/19/2019


Tips for hiring healthcare cybersecurity pros

Cybersecurity requires people from all backgrounds and majors

7/19/2019


San Francisco hospital cuts food waste with on-demand service

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

7/19/2019


Triclosan exposure linked to osteoporosis

The endocrine-disrupting chemical that has been widely used as an antibacterial in consumer goods and personal care products

7/18/2019


IAHSS Foundation recognizes achievements in healthcare security

Several hospital security programs were recognized at the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety

7/18/2019


Time to get serious about a facility's carbon footprint

Buildings are responsible for 40 percent of carbon emissions

7/18/2019


CDC seeks to update guidelines for infection control in occupational health

The CDC is updating two sections addressing protocol for infrastructure and routine practices

7/18/2019


Key aspects to updating your security infrastructure

Start by discussing plans for growth and development

7/18/2019


Data shows $117,000 in thefts from Minn. assisted living facility residents

Research showed the average amount lost was $1,130

7/17/2019


Bacteria associated with HAIs found in raw meat

These bacteria have become a major threat in hospitals

7/17/2019


Creating staff engagement in healthcare facilities

Disengagement can hurt interdepartmental relationships

7/17/2019


Regulations, Codes & Standards Q&A: Air changes in the morgue

Brad Keyes discusses regulations for air changes in the morgue

7/17/2019


The ABC of Blue Button: APIs and the future of healthcare patient data

Application Programming Interface (API) is redefining accessibility of data in the healthcare ecosystem

7/17/2019


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

7/17/2019


Funding to stop Candida auris lacking

A high proportion of people who have been diagnosed with C. auris have died

7/16/2019


Using biometrics on the healthcare campus

Fingerprint authentication can make physical access control systems more secure

7/16/2019


Healthcare cybersecurity market size to exceed $27 billion by 2025

Increasing incidences of healthcare data leaks is forecasted to boost healthcare cybersecurity industry growth during the analysis period

7/16/2019


Cybersecurity still possible on a tight budget

A good information security plan can be affordable

7/16/2019


Seattle Children's is facing violations after mold investigation

Cited deficiencies include the failure to properly maintain air filtering systems that fed to operating rooms

7/15/2019


Oregon program addresses healthcare workplace violence

Healthcare association creates customizable toolkit

7/15/2019


California hospital evacuated after earthquake

Ridgecrest healthcare facility sustained structural damage

7/15/2019


Environmental monitoring can reduce healthcare-associated infections

Patients in healthcare facilities are often particularly vulnerable to infections due to weakened immune systems and the presence of invasive medical devices such as needles and catheters

7/15/2019


Artificial intelligence is reshaping facilities management

AI is already reshaping both how buildings are designed and operated

7/15/2019


Survey suggests security cameras do make campuses safer

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

7/15/2019


Mich. nursing facilities seeing more VRE, less MRSA

Since 2003, rates of vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus almost tripled

7/12/2019


Canadian hospitals adding secure safe rooms

Patients in crisis could wait up to 72 hours for transfer to other facilities

7/12/2019


Vermont hospital, community college partner on EVS training

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital works with local college on train-to-hire program

7/12/2019


Medically tailored meals may be saving lives

Organization serves people with a broad cross section of diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and kidney disease

7/12/2019


Smart hospitals market experiencing high demand for hospital-based software

The market is likely to gain from increasing incidence of chronic diseases and further rising demand for hospitals

7/12/2019


Rise in dementia leads to new food service options

Program addresses residents' potential malnutrition issues

7/12/2019


Seattle Children's hospital reopened 14 operating rooms closed after mold found

1 killed, 5 infected by mold at the hospital in last two years

7/11/2019


Candida auris is a growing problem

It may remain even after surfaces are disinfected

7/11/2019


Hospitals in Vermont and New Hampshire struggle for clean linens after plant closing

Some hospitals are now getting linens from as far away as New York and Canada

7/11/2019


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

Growing prevalence of chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiac diseases will drive mHealth market growth in the coming years

7/11/2019


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

7/11/2019


UPMC Children's MRSA cases mostly in the NICU

The hospital tested all NICU patients, and six tested positive

7/10/2019


Increasing sustainability of healthcare facility distributed energy systems

As healthcare companies seek to improve their sustainability and to protect their power systems against risk, they are beginning to incorporate renewable energy into their distributed energy power systems

7/10/2019


How to maintain security devices

Diligence is key to protecting equipment from damage and loss

7/10/2019


Seattle Children’s closes all main operating rooms because of mold

Aspergillus mold was found in several operating and equipment storage rooms

7/9/2019


Norovirus may be transmitted through the air

Outbreaks of norovirus are especially difficult to control in hospital settings

7/9/2019


Designing a safer exam room

Balancing patient experience with efficiency is one way to keep safety at the forefront, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

7/9/2019


Automated doors can provide both access and security to healthcare facilities

Different types of entrances present their own challenges

7/9/2019


Confusion during lockdown of N.C. hospital blamed on ‘unclear policies and protocols’

Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro plans revisions to policies

7/8/2019


Why are there so many security breaches in healthcare?

Cybercriminals steal billions of dollars every year

7/8/2019


UV light fights germs on mobile devices

Ultraviolet rays kill nearly 100% of bacteria found on mobile devices in healthcare settings

7/8/2019


Illinois investigating 4 cases of Legionnaires’ at Christ Medical Center

Legionnaires’ found in three patients and a staff member at healthcare facility in Oak Lawn

7/8/2019


Woman who gave birth in Japan photographs hospital meals

Meals look more than restaurant-worthy

7/8/2019


Study finds C. Auris spreads through skin shedding

The findings highlight need for hygiene and disinfection

7/5/2019


12 die from rare bacterial infection in Essex

The outbreak of invasive Group A streptococcus has been linked to care for chronic wounds

7/5/2019


Oregon State Hospital staff injuries rose in 2018

Facility is strained to admit new patients

7/5/2019


Tips for medical device cybersecurity

Device cybersecurity called the biggest challenge hospitals face today

7/5/2019


Concealed carry: Laws and permit numbers by state

Campus Safety website offers a breakdown of common terminology, laws, requirements and permits issued by state

7/3/2019


Embracing the IoT-equipped restroom

The future of smart restrooms has arrived

7/3/2019


Making the right door choices for security

Doors, locks, and other door hardware must be chosen carefully

7/3/2019


Women exposed to antibacterial chemical more likely to break a bone

A person can be exposed to triclosan via consumer products and contaminated water

7/3/2019


Food service becoming main course at senior facilities

As Americans age, senior living continues to evolve into big business

7/3/2019


Ebola transmission model predicted recent Uganda cases

The researchers say the model should be used as a risk assessment tool to prepare and distribute resources

7/2/2019


Verbal hand-hygiene reminders In hospitals may curb infections

Voice-based electronic monitoring systems showed a 61.4 percent decrease in HAIs

7/2/2019


Environmental service department leaders urged to embrace change

Change and innovation are at the forefront in healthcare

7/2/2019


HHS releases healthcare cybersecurity best practices

Guidance includes 10 best practices for mitigating hacking threats

7/2/2019


Dry hydrogen peroxide: A novel delivery of an effective microbial reduction agent for environmental cleaning

Dry hydrogen peroxide, a non-aqueous gas, has been used for environmental disinfection in fields such as agriculture, biodefense/government, and sports

7/1/2019


Growing threat from HAIs drive cleaning demand

Candida auris has put the spotlight back on daily cleaning

7/1/2019


Getting started with energy management for hospitals

Most healthcare organizations treat their utility budgets as fixed costs, pay the bills and move on. With this approach, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, in savings are left on the table.

7/1/2019



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