Facility Operations - October 2020

Water Vapor In Hospitals Is A Good (Necessary) Thing

Humidity in buildings has acquired a bad reputation

10/30/2020


Healthcare Facilities Stocking Up On Personal Protective Equipment

Midwest hospitals looking for supplies as numbers surge

10/30/2020


COVID-19 Can Impact Restroom Upgrades

Pandemic has increased focus on improved hygiene and improved accessibility

10/30/2020


Trends Shaping The Future of Healthcare Real Estate

Divesting in healthcare real estate is also key to reducing unnecessary costs to a health system

10/30/2020


Chicago Nursing Home Security Caught 'Ghost' On Security Camera

Guard posts footage on Facebook, where it has racked up more than 2.5 million views

10/30/2020


The 'Kevin Bacon' Factor May Help COVID Spread In Nursing Homes

A lot of nursing home workers are working at more than one facility

10/29/2020


Completely Wireless Hospital Bed Launched

The new bed has intuitive patient positioning and bed alarms

10/29/2020


Protecting Practices And Patient Data During COVID-19

Renovating to create segregated areas and reconfigure existing spaces will be key

10/29/2020


Former Employee Suing Ohio Hospital After Nearly Freezing To Death In Parking Lot

The suit claims the hospital was negligent for not having adequate security cameras in the parking lot and that a security guard who promised to help did not

10/29/2020


Twin Hurricanes Of Flu And COVID-19 Approach

Experts deliver pattern analysis and action guide to help

10/28/2020


Hospices Work To Keep Families Connected With COVID Patients

Hospices have had to get creative about how they help infectious patients safely maintain contact with their families

10/28/2020


Controlling Infection When Using Mobile Devices

COVID-19 has put renewed focus on the potential for cross-contamination

10/28/2020


Numbers Tell the Story for Facility Department Diversity

At Froedtert Health, measurable goals drive and document progress

10/28/2020


Can Nursing Homes Social Distance If The Power Goes Off During A Hurricane?

Many longterm care facilities have temporary generators, which may require moving residents into a single large space

10/28/2020


COVID Provides Ideal Conditions For Candida Auris

A patient with both COVID and C. auris should only be placed in the same room as another patient with COVID-19 and C. auris

10/27/2020


LEED Safety First Credits Embraced Quickly

Cleaning, indoor air quality and ventilation rates, and water system recommissioning are also strategies covered in the LEED Safety First credits

10/27/2020


How Facilities Can Prepare for Flu Season Amidst COVID-19

Helping COVID-19 and flu patients and your healthcare staff safely navigate within your facility can make a huge difference in stopping the spread

10/27/2020


IoT Reshapes Healthcare By Cutting Costs, Increasing Efficiency

Healthcare is a prime candidate for IoT solutions

10/27/2020


Infographic: How To Clean Different Mats

Choosing the proper products can makes cleaning more efficient

10/27/2020


Kaiser Cited For Not Treating COVID-19 As Airborne

Kaiser says it will appeal the citation against its psychiatric facility in Santa Clara, Calif.

10/26/2020


Covid-19 Is Turning South African Hospitals Into ‘Obsessive Infection Control Bubbles’

Where necessary, hospitals triage so arrivals are diverted into categories that separate positive patients from Persons Under Investigation, who are in turn separated from Covid-19 negative patients

10/26/2020


Healthcare Cybersecurity Consistently A Concern

With technology and the movement of information on virtual and cloud systems, there are vulnerabilities

10/26/2020


Solar Array Covers 90 Percent Of Healthcare Facility’s Energy Needs

The installation will generate an estimated 541,645 kWh of clean energy annually

10/26/2020


Healthcare Facility Design Can Impact Infection Control

Environmental services should participate in the design process

10/26/2020


Bill Would Allow Hospitals To Repair Their Own Medical Equipment

Because of the pandemic, many manufacturers are restricting travel for their repair technicians

10/23/2020


Massachusetts Sets New Nursing Home Room Limits

Residential rooms that hold more than two people will be phased out

10/23/2020


Mass ER Nurse Raising Awareness Of Violence

‘We’re just human punching bags’ according to the nurse after attack

10/23/2020


Ohio Hospital Installs Metal Detectors at ER Entrance

Wheeling Hospital has boosted safety measures

10/23/2020


Calif. Hospital Staff Protests After Deputy Shoots Patient

The patient was shot by a deputy who was inside the hospital as part of a security detail for a different patient

10/22/2020


Key Questions When Renting Generators

Create detailed specifications regarding requirements, usage and site conditions.

10/22/2020


Robotic Cleaning Can Boost Efficiency

Robotic floor care can free up valuable time to focus on high-touch cleaning and disinfecting

10/22/2020


Why Supplier Financial Stability Matters to Healthcare Facility Managers

The Covid-19 pandemic brings sharp focus on healthcare supply chains

10/22/2020


Acoustics: The Hidden Risk For Mission Critical Data Centers

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

10/22/2020


Wastewater Testing May Provide Indication Of Coronavirus

Some U.S. cities have employed ‘sewage surveillance’

10/21/2020


Regulations, Codes & Standards Q&A: Red Bag Waste Containers

Brad Keyes discusses regulations on red bag waste containers

10/21/2020


Smart Lighting Design, Lighting Controls Can Optimize Daylighting

From window film to lighting controls, here are some strategies for overcoming daylighting challenges

10/21/2020


Study To Explore Whether Wearable Technology Can Boost Infection Control

Wearable devices can register when wearers come into contact with each other

10/21/2020


Pandemic Sparks Access Control Changes

2020 Campus Safety Survey found COVID affected policies, technology

10/21/2020


Two Minnesota Nursing Homes Call National Guard To Help Contain COVID Outbreaks

Staff-shortage issues amplified by pandemic

10/20/2020



Extra Effort In HVAC Optimization Can Be Cost Effective

Optimization project may require some time and expertise to properly tune a system — not necessarily requiring a huge investment

10/20/2020


Half of Philadelphia’s Nursing Home Patients May Have Had COVID-19

Philadelphia's health department believes previously infected nursing home patients can resist a second wave of infection

10/20/2020


Best Practices For Maintaining Flooring During COVID-19

Flooring can often make or break the efficacy of even the most rigorous sanitation efforts

10/20/2020


Natural Disasters Add Challenges For Healthcare Facilities During Pandemic

Hurricanes, etc., can further complicate facility managers’ efforts to help contain COVID-19

10/19/2020


Florida Senate Hires Tampa Hospital For COVID-19 Safety Consulting

The Senate will pay the hospital $200 an hour for providing services

10/19/2020


Utah Ready To Open Temporary COVID-19 Hospital

State health officials still hope they won’t need it

10/19/2020


Hurricane Preparedness Procedures for Healthcare Facilities

Mitigating the risk of a hurricane’s impact requires planning, organization, guidance and teamwork

10/19/2020


Nursing Home Outbreaks May Be Stressing Wisconsin Hospital Capacity

It's increasingly difficult to control COVID in nursing homes during surge

10/16/2020


More than 100 N.J. Nursing Homes Have Had Coronavirus Outbreaks Since Summer

At least 102 longterm care facilities saw new outbreaks this summer or fall after being declared COVID-19 free

10/16/2020


Keeping Hospitals Supplied In A Centralized Operation

Ensuring critical supplies are where they need to be is an important function

10/16/2020


Theme Parks Can Teach Healthcare Systems About Patient Experience

Museums, zoos and other amusements succeed when designing positive consumer experiences

10/16/2020


Wisconsin Opens State Fair Park Facility for COVID Patients

Madison’s Alliant Energy Center is also being prepped to be an alternate care facility

10/15/2020


Two Colorado Alternate Care Sites To Be Deconstructed

Colorado Convention Center, two others, to stay open

10/15/2020


Geisinger Adjusts Food Service Operations

Employees can now order and pay through the hospitals’ payroll deduction system

10/15/2020


Louisiana Hospitals Prepared For Delta While Dealing With Covid

Separation is key when dealing with extra patients or housing staff

10/14/2020


Paris Hospitals Strained By New Wave Of Covid Patients

More than 2,300 Covid-19 patients are hospitalized in Ile-de-France, the country’s most popular region

10/14/2020


Survey: N.J. Adults (50+) Still Hesitant to Go To Hospitals For Non-COVID-19 Procedures

COVID-19 admissions represented less than 5 percent of total patients in the state's medical facilities in Sept.

10/14/2020


Energy Reviews Reveal Hidden Inefficiencies

University of Maryland Medical Center discovers ways to decrease energy use

10/14/2020


Focusing On The Bottom Line During COVID

Facility managers must handle the financial challenges created by COVID-19

10/13/2020


What Clean Really Means To A Healthcare Organization’s Culture

If people do not feel safe, or if they feel they don’t have the support or resources to provide safe care, poor PX scores, high infection rates and staff attrition can result

10/13/2020


S.C.Hospital Using Software To Control Energy Use

Fault-detection diagnostic software can reduce waste

10/13/2020


Keeping A Hospital Campus Secure

Parking and entries should be protected

10/13/2020


CDC Confirms Airborne Transmission Plays Role In COVID Spread

Update comes after website error in September

10/12/2020


Healthcare Tech Needs Up-To-Date Security

Healthcare security needs to include ways to protect data

10/12/2020


Senior Facilities Need To Be Part Of Emergency Prep Plan

Report says Connecticut should have worked with more closely with assisted living communities and nursing homes

10/12/2020


Designing A Disaster Plan During COVID-19

COVID’s impact on a disaster plan focuses on risk analysis, emergency response and business continuity

10/9/2020


Senate To Investigate Use of Security Cameras at VA Hospitals

Legislation to support transparency

10/9/2020


Coronavirus Surge Starting to Stress Wis. Hospitals

Governor issues emergency order to bring in out-of-state healthcare workers

10/9/2020


For HVAC Efficiency, Go Beyond The Obvious

Energy-use data and analysis is crucial to identifying and picking projects that can have huge longterm impact on efficiency

10/9/2020


How Healthcare Facilities Are Dealing With Hurricanes, Wildfires And A Pandemic

Medical centers use lessons learned from pandemic response to manage natural disasters

10/8/2020


Pandemic Experience Is Changing ASCs infection Control

During COVID, facilities have improved their infection control procedures

10/8/2020


Virtual Reality Can Facilitate Hospital Design Input

Medical professionals are able to comment on design decisions

10/8/2020


Wisconsin Coronavirus Surge Forced To Wait-List Or Transfer Patients

Bellin Hospital hopes to convert a facility on its campus into another space for hospital beds

10/8/2020


Brigham and Women's Hospital Nurses Urge Stronger COVID Safety Measures

42 patients and staff and one visitor have tested positive in hospital cluster

10/7/2020


How To Avoid A Wrecked Boiler

Water-side corrosion and thermal shock or stress are calamities all facility manager should do their best to avoid

10/7/2020


Study Says Shallow Hospital Sinks Can Spread Infections

Researchers found that a shallow sink can lead to the contamination of worker hands and patient care equipment and surfaces

10/7/2020


San Bernardino Hospital Workers Protest Coronavirus Protocols

Demonstrations were held at more than 30 Dignity Health and Sutter Health facilities

10/7/2020


Health System Eases PPE Issues By Buying Stake In Company

Genesis Health System purchased a minority stake in Prestige Ameritech

10/6/2020


Green Cleaning Challenges for Healthcare Facilities Due To COVID-19

The healthcare industry continues to advance its efforts on green cleaning and its mission to 'do no harm' while also effectively addressing COVID-19

10/6/2020


Hospital System Hobbled By Cyberattack

Universal Health Services Inc. experienced treatment interruptions at US facilities

10/6/2020


Hospitals Brace For Impact Of Flu, COVID

A main challenge will be differentiating patients being admitted with the flu from those with COVID-19

10/5/2020


Despite Charleston’s Chronic Flooding, Hospitals Plan To Stay Put

Investments into the peninsula continue

10/5/2020


Firefighters Work To Protect California Hospital

A hospital skeleton crew stayed back to wet the roof and make last-minute arrangements

10/5/2020


Banned Hand Sanitizer List Nears 200

The list of hand sanitizers deemed unsafe by the FDA topped 100 in early August

10/5/2020


How Hospital Food Service Can Improve Patient Experiences And Outcomes

Food is fundamental to the human experience, and that’s doubly true for the patient experience

10/5/2020


Prioritizing Cyber Emergency Preparedness

Ransomware death in Germany offers lessons

10/2/2020


Achieving Net-Zero Energy

Historically high energy users, hospitals do have a pathway to net-zero energy

10/2/2020


Milwaukee Hospital Opens Separate Emergency Department For Pregnant Women

The specialized ER is the first of its kind in the area

10/2/2020


ER Waste Generation Examined

85 percent of all items disposed of as regulated medical waste, did not meet the criteria

10/2/2020


Interior Design Choices Can Support Infection Prevention

Style must be balanced with ease of cleaning

10/2/2020


Patient Equipment Decontamination Can Impact Infection Control

Quick and effective decontamination of shared patient equipment is essential

10/1/2020


Preventing HVAC from Spreading Coronavirus

Good ventilation, filtration and humidity control are crucial

10/1/2020


New Air Speed And Direction Measurement Technology Delivering Airflow Visualization For Healthcare Environments.

It is critically important to understand how the airflow can impact the time between scheduling procedures in different types of healthcare environments

10/1/2020


Proper Ventilation, Filtration To Curb COVID Risk

Air disinfection in healthcare facilities may be just as important as using fitted N95 respirators

10/1/2020


Ultraviolet Lamp Said to Kill COVID Without Risk To People

The company plans to sell the lamp to medical facilities first

10/1/2020



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