Facility Operations - August 2019

Water coolers banned from Scotland's hospitals due to infection risk

Action has been taken because of the potential for bacteria to grow in the nozzle and the water bottle if not routinely used

8/30/2019


Safety issues at Florida VA hospital linked to patient suicide

Cameras the hospital was required to have on the unit for patient safety reasons hadn't worked in three years

8/30/2019


CHPs a smart solution to combat increasing blackout risks facing healthcare facilities

Many healthcare facilities aren’t properly prepared for what is increasingly becoming a more recurrent threat

8/30/2019


Healthcare workers don't like hand-hygiene monitoring, but it works

Survey responses revealed negative attitudes about the system

8/30/2019


Planning lighting systems in healthcare facilities

With planning, managers can ensures the success of maintenance and upgrades of plumbing systems

8/30/2019


When disaster strikes, FEMA money is available to hospitals that file quickly

Hospitals often don't file for the funds because they're unaware of what can be reimbursed and there is only a 30-day window to apply

8/29/2019


Immediate feedback helps with electronic hand hygiene monitoring systems

Systems with immediate feedback perform slightly better.

8/29/2019


South Bend hospital police named best in the state

The Memorial Hospital police department started five years ago with eight officers and has grown to 15

8/29/2019


New behavioral health unit installs durable lighting with architectural touches

Robust lighting that could withstand high levels of abuse while trying to minimize the institutional look of fixtures was installed

8/29/2019


Balancing security and access in healthcare facilities

Certain challenges are unique to healthcare facilities

8/28/2019


Patient sues Illinois hospital after contracting Legionnaires’

The suit alleges the hospital didn’t take proper precautions following a previous outbreak

8/28/2019


Planning plumbing systems in healthcare facilities

With planning, managers can ensures the success of maintenance and upgrades of plumbing systems

8/28/2019


‘Smart hospitals’ are on the horizon

These buildings perform functions like a medical practitioner

8/27/2019


Hospitals working to meet the challenge of seismic safety

Being able to ride out a major quake and remain operational doesn’t come cheap

8/27/2019


Personalize heat to match the space

Keeping occupants of a facility warm and comfortable is a year-round priority

8/27/2019


Case study: The prescription for EMI New York City

The operating room of a major hospital in New York City is free from the effects of EMI

8/27/2019


The maintenance staff has a role in infection prevention

Facility professionals are constantly moving throughout the facility and may be able to spot potential problems

8/26/2019


Candida auris now one of the world's most feared hospital microbes

New research suggests higher temperatures may have led to an increase in infections

8/26/2019


Mission: Revamp Healthcare 2019 — Top policies this year to reimagine healthcare

One of the greatest challenges in healthcare is keeping up with the changing landscape

8/26/2019


Big data start-ups set to change healthcare

Healthcare is a sector which relies heavily on data and relay of information, so naturally there are lots of companies springing up

8/26/2019


C. difficile strain evolving to live in hospital rooms

A subset of Clostridium difficile bacteria is on the verge of becoming a new species

8/23/2019


Security catches woman trying to kidnap toddler from N.Y. hospital

The suspect allegedly took a stroller with a two-year-old inside and fled St. Joseph’s Hospital

8/23/2019


Rhode Island hospital employees to get panic buttons

Contract with Our Lady of Fatima Hospital addresses concerns around safety

8/23/2019


Maintaining sidewalks and parking garages requires a comprehensive, strategic approach

By developing inspection guidelines for common causes of problems, managers can extend the performance life of concrete components

8/23/2019


Massachusetts hospital deploys security video management software

Massachusetts General Hospital has 1,300 security cameras recording around the clock

8/23/2019


C. diff. is evolving to spread in hospitals

Superbug feeds on the sugar-rich Western diet

8/22/2019


Ebola spreads to third Congo province

South Kivu is located over 430 miles south of where the outbreak first began

8/22/2019


2019 Environmental Services Departments of the Year named

The award recognizes best practices in cleaning and caring for the healthcare environment

8/22/2019


Healthcare facilities must manage emergencies for hours, days after

Healthcare systems should maintain vigilant foresight

8/22/2019


IoT can simplify security efforts

Facilities can connect different security technologies

8/22/2019


Hospital lights track equipment

Smart lighting outfitted with radio chips

8/21/2019


Patient who woke up covered in bugs at Detroit hospital takes legal action

Henry Ford traced the bed bugs back to wet, infested clothing that was placed under the mattress of a gurney

8/21/2019


Planning healthcare facilities for the future

Managers can ensure the success of maintenance and upgrades of HVAC, plumbing and lighting systems

8/21/2019


Boston Children’s Hospital using Alexa to help parents and caregivers

Amazon asked healthcare facilities to test Alexa’s new HIPAA-compliant technology

8/21/2019



Massachusetts hospital integrates security camera system

System reviews and monitors more than 1,000 security cameras

8/20/2019


Finding the right technology for your facility

How FMs choose and implement technology has a profound impact on the long-term operations of a building.

8/20/2019


Two cancer patients catch rare bugs linked to hospital water supply

Glasgow Queen Elizabeth University Hospital has sealed off part of the facility

8/19/2019


Healthcare industry major source of harmful emissions

Doctors suggest multi-faceted approach to incorporate environmental sustainability into value assessments in healthcare

8/19/2019


‘Playbook’ preps Rhode Island healthcare facilities for power outages

'Protecting Patients When Disaster Strikes' describes the before-during-after of a power outage

8/19/2019


Hospital cleaning bundle efficient and cost-effective

Method also reduces vancomycin-resistant enterococci infections by 37 percent

8/16/2019


Wyoming Medical Center upgrades security after shooting

A man who opened fire inside of Wyoming Medical Center in March

8/16/2019


First Legionnaires’ death linked to Atlanta outbreak confirmed

Air conditioning units are prime breeding grounds for the bacteria

8/16/2019


Four energy-saving design tips for hot climates

In hot climates, cooling loads are key

8/16/2019


University Health Network: Exhaust fan app boosts savings

DCV control of labs' air supply initially saved approximately $800,000

8/16/2019


Hospitals prep for the worst as mass shootings become more common

Hospitals mandate training for tragedy

8/15/2019


Resources can help reduce Legionella risk

Resources distributed by ASHRAE include Standard 188, which provides a comprehensive approach to help prevent the growth and spread of Legionella within building water systems

8/15/2019


Three trending security technologies

Drones, robots and advanced access control changing facilities management

8/15/2019


Growing hospital energy costs can be managed

Low-hanging fruit includes turning off or reducing power to electronic equipment that is not being used

8/15/2019



Security changes causing concern at Fla. hospital

JFK Medical Center in Atlantis removing medical detectors, police

8/14/2019


Up to half of patient food in Irish hospitals is not eaten

Health officials are working on guidelines to address food waste

8/14/2019


Identifying and addressing DAS requirements in today’s hospital

DAS allows all users of the building, whether it be communicating infrastructure or a personal or business phone, to connect to their carrier of choice at full signal strength

8/14/2019


Glasgow hospital spends more than $500,000 to kill pests after pigeon droppings crisis

Anti-bird spikes and netting have been installed and chemicals were used to kill mold and fungus

8/13/2019


Digital footprints boost safety for newborns

California hospital captures high-resolution images for better identification

8/13/2019


Sixth death in UK Listeria outbreak linked to hospital food

The death has been linked to sandwiches from Good Food Chain products served at St. Richard’s Hospital

8/13/2019


Study: Cigarette smoke boosts MRSA drug-resistance

Smoke also may make MRSA more invasive and persistent

8/13/2019


Telehealth market expected to see a 23.4 percent compound annual growth rate

Growth is driven by increasing health awareness and adoption of online health consultation

8/13/2019


Wash. hospital adds dog to its security force

Tacoma General Hospital security dog expected to prevent assaults, help patients

8/12/2019


Candida Auris called 'new bug using old tricks'

C. auris acts more like a multidrug-resistant, healthcare-associated bacteria than like a typical yeast

8/12/2019


What do you know about hospital security?

Campus Safety Magazine offers a quiz on their website

8/12/2019


N.J. called hot spot for Candida auris

The CDC says most cases of Candida auris in the United States are in New York City, Chicago and New Jersey

8/12/2019


Non-regulated healthcare facilities taking resilience seriously

Technologies can help can cut costs and improve energy efficiency

8/12/2019


Hospital mobilizes to fight deadly Candida auris

Widespread overuse of antibiotics and antifungals has bred superbug species

8/9/2019


Study finds educating cleaning staff lowers C. diff infections

Study suggests focusing on knowledge gaps, challenges and barriers

8/9/2019


Boston hospital roof farm sprouts other initiatives

Boston Medical Center began operating a 2,658-square-foot farm on a roof terrace in 2017

8/9/2019


Tips to keep long-term care facilities safe

Younger people with serious mental illness getting treatment in senior living and care settings is contributing to an increase in violence

8/9/2019


Death from infection linked to pigeon feces at Glasgow hospital could lead to criminal proceedings

A boy was battling cancer at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow in December 2018 when he contracted Cryptococcus and died

8/8/2019


Hospitals use technology, training to support seismic readiness

Healthcare facilities are diversifying their communication tools, outfitting buildings with technology and running preparedness scenarios

8/8/2019


Key to improving EVS results can be found in the C-Suite

Creating an infection-free facility begins at the top with a commitment from management

8/8/2019


Glasgow hospital fire evacuation protocols called 'chaotic and confusing'

Staff member says patients and staff at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital could be at risk

8/8/2019


Load testing of electronic health records - what to look for

Load testing is an essential component in performance testing, and doing so in a production-like environment brings its benefits.

8/8/2019


Load testing of electronic health records - what to look for

Load testing is an essential component in performance testing, and doing so in a production-like environment brings its benefits.

8/8/2019


N.C. hospital goes on lockdown after patient says they opened envelope with white, powdery substance

FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital lifted lockdown after testing substance

8/7/2019


Two cases of Legionnaires’ confirmed at Connecticut nursing facility

Apple Rehab is working to find the source of the bacteria and have taken precautions, including chlorine treatments for the water system.

8/7/2019


Healthcare facilities need preparation to avoid a cyberattack

A strong, flexible game plan is crucial

8/7/2019


Roof rat concerns force closure of Washington hospital's kitchen, cafeteria

Patients’ food was being prepared and brought in from another hospital

8/6/2019


Specifying sinks for sterile compounding (HD) environments doesn’t have to be a hazardous decision

Hospitals will pay it for this service, which it expects will be much faster and eventually cheaper than current couriers

8/6/2019


Be measles ready: Tips on how to be prepared for the next outbreak

There are a number of factors that make measles a particularly difficult virus to protect patients, staff and visitors from contracting

8/6/2019


Washington hospital works to improve safety after patient's death

The patient ran from the facility after tampering with a fire alarm

8/6/2019


UPS to use drones for hospital deliveries

Hospitals will pay it for this service, which it expects will be much faster and eventually cheaper than current couriers

8/6/2019


Candida auris is raising questions about its origin

The fungus doesn’t behave like a fungus

8/5/2019


Hospital-acquired C. diff comes with a financial price tag

The average healthcare cost for patients with the C. diff infection was $43,718

8/5/2019


High levels of air pollution found at London hospital causes concern

Pollution may be coming from generators and boilers at St Bartholomew’s Hospital

8/5/2019


Study focuses on where disease-causing pathogens might be hiding in a longterm care facility

Researchers examined the possibility that electric hand dryers installed in public restrooms could spread disease

8/5/2019


Hundreds of Tampa Bay area nursing homes, assisted living facilities still without backup power

A Florida law fines facilities as much as $1,000 per day for failure to install permanent generators, but records show these facilities rarely paid fines

8/2/2019


Two cases of Legionnaires’ reported at Illinois hospital

It was unknown if the infected patients were exposed at the hospital

8/2/2019


Safeguarding healthcare facilities from legionella

Having control measures and procedures in place is the first step in mitigating Legionella risk

8/2/2019


158 employees at Seattle hospital potentially exposed to dangerous bacteria

The exposure occurred in an operating room and a laboratory in late June

8/2/2019


Healthcare facilities in Portugal test 'panic buttons' for staff

The devices send a rapid message indicating danger

8/2/2019


Superbugs can remain on surgical gowns after disinfection

Researchers tested single-use polypropylene surgical gowns infected with three strains of C. diff

8/1/2019


Planning for longterm energy efficiency

A multi-year energy planning process allows for a wide range of 'what-if' scenarios

8/1/2019


Regular inspections, testing helps keep sprinklers working properly

The reliability and effectiveness with which sprinklers operate cuts both the human and financial costs of fires

8/1/2019


Ransomware can put healthcare providers — and patients — in critical condition

Ransomware attacks have been numerous in hospitals and other health facilities recently, and the consequences can be dire

8/1/2019



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