Facility Operations - September 2019

VA regional director on leave after dying Georgia veteran found covered in ant bites

VA announced a series of changes at the assisted-living facility

9/30/2019


Survey: Campuses embracing access control, lockdown solutions

Nine in 10 respondents say they have adopted new or improved lockdown/shelter-in-place policies and procedures

9/30/2019


Vermont hospital uses trailer as temporary laundry solution

Copley Hospital searching for a new healthcare linen vendor

9/30/2019


Cost of data breaches most in healthcare industry

Data breaches in healthcare sector almost double that of the global average

9/30/2019


Plastic piping can offer savings, flexibility

A range options for new construction and renovation offer flexibility, cost efficiency and easy installation

9/30/2019


Montreal hospital to spend $4.5 million on security upgrades

A range options for new construction and renovation offer flexibility, cost efficiency and easy installation

9/30/2019


WHO raises concerns over possible unreported Ebola cases in Tanzania

Tanzania has not shared ebola tests so they can be validated at an outside laboratory

9/27/2019


Bahamas clinic loses staff, power and water — stays open

A massive generator was eventually delivered by the Dutch navy

9/27/2019


Report: Children's hospital's cabling could trigger fire

The issue comes after claims that the hospital had serious drainage and ventilation problems

9/27/2019


Kaiser Permanente earns EPA green energy award

The award recognizes a renewable energy agreement that will enable the system to become carbon neutral in 2020

9/27/2019


Tips for medical device cybersecurity

Device cybersecurity called the biggest challenge hospitals face today

9/27/2019


N.Y. hospital restricts access due to bedbugs

Glens Falls Hospital restricts Cancer Center's outpatient area

9/26/2019


Plumbing strategies to reduce HAIs

Bacteria lurking in the plumbing pipes and fixtures can contribute to HAIs

9/26/2019


Environmental service department leaders urged to embrace change

Change and innovation are at the forefront in healthcare

9/26/2019


Should facility laundries 'own' infection prevention textiles?

Infection prevention microfiber textile products should no longer be purchased and owned by environmental services, article says

9/25/2019


Outsourcing: Going from 'housekeeping' to 'environmental services'

Professional environmental services make a science of cleaning

9/25/2019


Some Ga. hospitals replace color-based emergency codes with plain language

The use of plain language emergency alerts is recommended by federal agencies

9/25/2019


What should be included in a networked lighting controls system?

The anatomy of an advanced lighting controls system can seem tricky

9/25/2019


What should be included in a networked lighting controls system?

The anatomy of an advanced lighting controls system can seem tricky

9/25/2019


Hospitals urged to cooperate to beat hackers

Security frameworks and threat intelligence sharing already exist

9/25/2019


Candida auris cases approaching 800

There have been 769 confirmed and 30 probable cases

9/24/2019


Wyoming hospital cuts services because of hacker attack

Campbell County Memorial Hospital, a 90-bed hospital was still operating

9/24/2019


Technology helps makes Stanford Hospital safer, more efficient

New facilities features lots of high-tech, but some older systems still remain

9/24/2019


Laundry operations need to balance caregiving, cleanliness, costs

Choosing equipment depends on a variety of factors

9/24/2019


U of Chicago moved patients before nursing strike

Pediatric patients in the ICU were moved to other hospitals

9/23/2019


Candida auris found at Brooklyn nursing home

There have been 881 confirmed cases in N.Y. with nearly 200 deaths

9/23/2019


Climate control efforts can support healthy environment during healthcare construction

Mold, microbes and other airborne particles can be introduced into the environment

9/23/2019


The ups and downs of elevator services: A primer on contract negotiations

With the right contract negotiation strategies—and thorough knowledge of the elevator industry—hospitals can maintain high-quality elevator service and save money

9/23/2019


Some hospital cleaning methods can

Spores grow on gowns, other surfaces

9/23/2019


4 more Legionnaires' cases at Illinois senior facility

There are now 12 confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease have been reported at Batavia facility

9/20/2019


Ant infestation at Georgia veterans facility is being investigated

Lawmakers want to know why Veterans Affairs officials did not react more quickly

9/20/2019


80,000+ Kaiser workers may strike in October

Housekeepers are among the jobs affected by the picket lines

9/20/2019


Innovation, automation and a 21st Century end-user experience: Aligning expectations with reality

It is incumbent upon IT partners to narrow the gap that exists between reality and expectations

9/20/2019


Focusing on bond prevention is one sustainable snow strategy

Implementing best practices when using deicers can help keep surfaces clear

9/20/2019


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

9/20/2019


Nursing homes feeding Candida Auris

Cleaning up America's nursing homes should be a priority

9/19/2019


Hospital employee killed after Ohio man crashes truck into ER

The medical center was closed due to structural damage

9/19/2019


Healthcare delivered in a damaged hospital, field hospitals and pop-up clinics in the Bahamas

It was estimated that 90% of equipment and supplies – and all the hospital beds – in Rand Memorial Hospital on Grand Bahama Island were damaged

9/19/2019


California hospital disaster planning conference dealing with new normal

What were once rare or infrequent events have now become regular occurrences in California

9/19/2019


Cybersecurity still possible on a tight budget

A good information security plan can be affordable

9/19/2019


No injuries after tornado hits South Dakota hospital

Dozens of buildings were damaged or destroyed, trees torn up and power lines downed

9/18/2019


N.J. hospital administrator charged with bringing gun onto grounds without permission

The incident occurred during an 18-month reform plan instituted after an outside consultant found widespread problems at New Jersey's psychiatric hospitals

9/18/2019


Regulations, Codes & Standards Q&A: Delayed egress locks

Brad Keyes discusses regulations for delayed egress locks

9/18/2019


Blockchain technology in healthcare market to hit $1.6 billion by 2025

Healthcare organizations continue to be the subject of attacks by hackers seeking access to patient data for resale on the black market

9/18/2019


Door selection can impact infection control

Touchless doors can help stop the spread of germs and bacteria

9/18/2019


When Dorian hit, Fla.’s generator requirements were not enforced

Following Hurricane Irma, Florida changed its regulations to require backup generators and enough fuel to maintain comfortable temperatures

9/17/2019


The critical condition of hospital power

Load bank testing for hospital generators is a crucial industry requirement.

9/17/2019


Overcrowding at Irish hospitals leading to co-ed wards

Patients also waiting on gurneys for the next empty bed

9/17/2019


Cladding to be removed at Oxford's Churchill and Children's hospitals

The wrong materials were used at the two healthcare facilities

9/17/2019


Strategies for water conservation

Water audits and leak-detection technology can help managers curtail facility water use

9/17/2019


Bahamas healthcare facilities struggle to deal with decomposing bodies after Dorian

Bahamas’ only functioning public hospital expects the death toll would be 'staggering,' and two refrigerated, 40-foot trucks would be needed

9/16/2019


Houston hospital declares 'internal disaster' after water main breaks

Declaring a systemwide internal disaster helped manage ambulance and patient volume

9/16/2019


Creating a successful healthcare facility management partnership

Misperceptions can hamper a partnership with an FM service provider

9/16/2019


Cancer patient forced to stop chemo early because of rare hospital infection

Three children had contracted infections while being treated for cancer at Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

9/16/2019


Electrostatic sprayers can help control infections, save time

Machines allow janitors to sanitize and disinfect high touchpoints every day

9/16/2019


Dog to join Washington hospital security staff

The canine officer was added to help deter violence

9/13/2019


Greener healthcare facilities could mean lower healthcare costs

Healthcare facilities can generate a massive amount of waste and energy use

9/13/2019


Acoustics: The hidden risk for mission critical data centers

Focusing on assessment, specification and implementation allows managers can streamline installation and enhance access control

9/13/2019


Key steps to boosting facility security

Focusing on assessment, specification and implementation allows managers can streamline installation and enhance access control

9/13/2019


Best practices for cleaning, disinfection

Cleaning, disinfecting critical to prevention of hospital-acquired infections

9/13/2019


When computers crashed, one Milwaukee hospital turned away ambulances

At least four patients, including one who was having a life-threatening heart attack, were turned away

9/12/2019


Hospital staffers move babies to safety in 'mini ICU on wheels' ahead of hurricane

Three teams of drivers, respiratory nurses and therapists from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta drove to a pair of hospitals in Savannah

9/12/2019


Long-term care residents moved to safer ground ahead of Dorian

More than 380 people were evacuated from North Carolina long-term care centers

9/12/2019


Cybersecurity is a top safety issue for healthcare facilities

Cybersecurity was listed behind severe weather and active shooter incidents

9/12/2019


Mayo Clinic Health Systems Austin temporarily offers valet parking

Construction at the hospital took away some handicap spots

9/11/2019


Report: Healthcare devices are becoming more vulnerable to cyberattack

Forty percent of the devices medical professional are using are IoT devices

9/11/2019


Four cases of Legionnaires’ confirmed at Illinois retirement facility

Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Batavia is being investigated

9/10/2019


Hospitals are being rebuilt for stronger storms

The resilience of hospitals is especially important for areas that only have one major medical center

9/10/2019


Family sues healthcare center after man dies during Hurricane Harvey

Suit alleges one of its properties was poorly prepared for the storm

9/10/2019


Stopping cold drafts in their tracks

Suit alleges one of its properties were poorly prepared for the storm

9/10/2019


Children's mental health facility designed for connecting with nature

The Reach Out Centre for Kids focuses on the link between natural development and the close relationships children share with the living, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

9/10/2019


Rural hospital staff had to go to Dollar General for supplies

Surgeries were allegedly delayed because of a lack of supplies

9/10/2019


Doctor brings 'Solar Suitcases' to hospitals without reliable power

We Care Solar is a nonprofit that distributes Solar Suitcases

9/9/2019


Ebola outbreak surpasses 3,000 cases

The second-largest, second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has exceeded 2,000 deaths

9/9/2019


Dorian forces more than 100 Florida healthcare facilities to evacuate

Facilities moved patients and residents to other facilities and buildings inland

9/9/2019


Maintaining sidewalks and parking garages requires a comprehensive, strategic approach

Hardscape components need a comprehensive program that helps technicians address small problems early

9/9/2019


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

9/9/2019


Space Coast hospitals, nursing homes prepped for Dorian

The emergency management coordinator for Brevard County started daily conference calls with local hospital systems last week

9/6/2019


Former Georgia hospital security director charged with stealing guns, money

Security director at DeKalb Medical accused of stealing more than 90 guns, $20,000

9/6/2019


Hundreds of Florida nursing homes didn’t meet requirements ahead of Dorian

Eldercare facilities remain under scrutiny two years after Hurricane Irma

9/6/2019


FDA says healthcare facilities should use safer scopes

Agency suggests companies make disposable versions

9/6/2019


CDC report: More than 750 C. auris cases in U.S.

The number of confirmed cases hit 725 (with 30 more probable) as of June 30

9/5/2019


Finding security solutions in healthcare spaces

More facilities are transitioning from traditional keys to smart technology

9/5/2019


Woman assaults security officer while trying to abduct child at Pa. hospital

The patient at Lancaster General Hospital took a 4-year-old from her mother

9/5/2019


Shoddy IT infrastructure invites hackers

Hackers are attracted to hospitals with rapid adoption of IT

9/5/2019


Looking to design a new space? Key considerations in AV technology

Audiovisual technology can be used within a building infrastructure to simply manage routine needs

9/4/2019


Florida hospitals install electronic paper patient and room information displays

Hospitals can display information without the glare and blue light of a typical LCD screen

9/4/2019


Securing patients' medical information

Unless your staff is trained and vigilant, all your security precautions might be for nothing

9/4/2019


Blockchain technology holds potential of transforming healthcare sector

Blockchain offers better confidentiality of patient information alongside quick access to required data

9/4/2019


Dogs in Vancouver hospital can sniff out C. diff

The dogs identified C. diff on medical equipment and in linen carts, hospital beds, waiting areas, and staff lockers

9/3/2019


Healthcare industry accounts for 70 percent of occupational violence

Nurses and other healthcare workers are more likely to face workplace violence than police officers and prison guards

9/3/2019


California hospital closes labor and delivery unit because of mold

The hospital discovered the mold July 18 in a nutrition room

9/3/2019


Often overlooked "un-washable” surfaces in healthcare facilities harbor bacteria

The system will generate 2.4 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean, renewable power per year

9/3/2019


Tips for hiring healthcare cybersecurity pros

Cybersecurity requires people from all backgrounds and majors

9/3/2019



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