Facility Operations - February 2020

CDC warns of U.S. coronavirus outbreaks

Clusters of infection are likely in American communities

2/28/2020


Emergency prep experts are urging Americans to stock up on supplies for coronavirus

Public health officials warn about more cases coming to the United States

2/28/2020


UPMC, linen supplier settle fungal infection victims' families

The lawsuits accused UPMC and Paris Cleaners of negligence

2/28/2020


Dedicated ambulance used to transport San Antonio coronavirus patient

The San Antonio case was the 15th confirmed case in the U.S.

2/27/2020


CDC prepares for possible coronavirus pandemic in the US

Health officials say that they expect more cases to arise and are planning for the worst case scenario

2/27/2020


Wuhan hospital director died of coronavirus

U.S. risk still considered low

2/27/2020


Cleaning hospital room sinks

Drains can be breeding grounds for pathogens

2/27/2020


Protecting senior care staff and residents in case of fire

There are a few basic tools every facility should have

2/27/2020



California city gets court order to delay establishing a coronavirus quarantine site

The restraining order prevents transportation of anyone infected with or exposed to the coronavirus to Costa Mesa

2/26/2020


Survey: Doctors aren't confident about U.S. preparedness for outbreak

The recent survey found that most doctors aren't very worried about the coronavirus, but their patients are

2/26/2020


Improving patient outcomes through daylight

Sprawling Parkland Memorial Hospital site adapts for future, automates for performance

2/26/2020


34 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the U.S.

This includes 21 cases of returning travelers, as well as 13 U.S. cases

2/25/2020


Baby with heart condition dies after mold exposure at Seattle hospital

14 patients had developed surgical site infections from Aspergillus since 2001

2/25/2020


Protecting staff, supplies amid coronavirus

Concerns may be contributing to a growing shortage of personal protective equipment

2/25/2020


Roof replacement best practices

Close attention to roof specification, installation and maintenance can ensure long performance life for a valuable facility component

2/25/2020


Study finds coronavirus may have multiple infection routes

Scientists report evidence of an oral-fecal transmission route

2/24/2020


Scientists invent germ-fighting fabric for healthcare

The team is working to embed a germ-killing agent into hospital garments

2/24/2020


CMS stresses infection control basics amid coronavirus outbreak

CMS sent a memo to state survey agency directors urging them to double down on compliance

2/24/2020


UV's effectiveness can depend on EVS department's effectiveness

Guideline-based EVS training can improve appropriate disinfection

2/24/2020


‘Virtual hospital’ can mean fewer ER visits and hospital admissions

Patients and staff report greater satisfaction with care provided at home

2/24/2020


Disinfecting surfaces in coronavirus outbreak

Human coronaviruses can remain active on surfaces such as metal, glass, or plastic for up to 9 days after exposure

2/21/2020


Woman stabbed leaving hospital garage sues over lack of security

The suit accuses the hospital of violating Wisconsin’s 'Safe-Place' law

2/21/2020


How to care for patients with possible coronavirus

Spread is thought to occur mostly from close contact via respiratory droplets

2/21/2020


Components that ensure a successful restroom upgrade

Toilets, urinals and faucets are key to upgrades that deliver water conservation and savings

2/21/2020


How lighting controls reduce energy use

Lighting controls can reduce lighting energy use in institutional and commercial facilities by up to 47 percent

2/21/2020


BBC website offers visual guide to Coronavirus outbreak

The virus has killed more than 2,000 so far - more than the 774 killed in the 2003 Sars epidemic

2/20/2020


CDC estimates the flu has sickened 22 million

There have been 210,000 hospitalizations and 12,000 deaths

2/20/2020


How much does compensation matter when recruiting healthcare staff?

The fact that there is a significant and fast growing healthcare talent shortage should be very alarming to healthcare business leaders

2/20/2020


Coronaviruses can survive on surfaces for up to 9 days

Study finds virus remains infectious at room temperature for more than a week

2/19/2020


CDC estimates flu deaths at 14,000

The CDC estimates the flu has caused 26 million illnesses, 250,000 hospitalizations this season

2/19/2020


How coronavirus compares to flu, Ebola, other outbreaks

National Geographic creates a chart to explain the comparison

2/19/2020


Supporting patient care with streamlined facilities maintenance

It is imperative for the healthcare industry to employ efficient, effective and flexible construction procurement processes

2/19/2020


New study shows how coronavirus is spreading

41 percent of the first 138 patients diagnosed at one hospital in Wuhan, China, were presumed to be infected in that hospital

2/19/2020


U.S. hospitals, already stressed by flu season, brace for Coronavirus

With much medical equipment and drugs made in China, health experts are watching the global supply chain

2/18/2020


Preparing for coronavirus spread

The World Health Organization, U.S. hospitals and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are all getting ready

2/18/2020


How U.S. hospitals are preparing for coronavirus

The CDC is recommending that doctors and hospitals adopt a cautious approach

2/18/2020


Coronavirus testing Seattle’s infectious disease response

After responding to the first American case of the virus, healthcare workers say they are prepared.

2/18/2020


Understanding facility vulnerabilities in emergencies

By identifying weaknesses in facilities and plans, managers can improve an organization's resilience

2/18/2020


15th coronavirus case reported in U.S. while death toll spikes in China

China's Hubei province announced 242 new deaths from the coronavirus on Feb 13

2/14/2020


Comparing the flu and the coronavirus

The flu has sickened an estimated 19 million people in the U.S. this season

2/14/2020


Experts investigating whether the coronavirus can spread through bathroom pipes

Hong Kong apartment building partially evacuated over fears of spread through plumbing

2/13/2020


Protecting long-term care facilities from coronavirus

Communication, information are key

2/13/2020


VA to open all 5G-enabled hospital in California

The VA's Palo Alto Health Care System called the first 5G-enabled health facility in the world

2/13/2020


Coronavirus might return every winter

The new virus might never leave - like the flu

2/13/2020


Study suggests toilet flushing spreads C. diff in hospital bathrooms

Closing the toilet lid before flushing may help limit the spread of germs

2/13/2020


Study finds hospital sink traps may harbor antibiotic-resistant bacteria

CPE outbreaks are mostly attributed to patient-to-patient transmission via healthcare workers

2/13/2020


Experts say coronavirus looking like a pandemic

Rising caseloads suggest the coronavirus may make its way across the world

2/12/2020


California health system to use drones for deliveries

UC San Diego Health will partner with UPS on the project

2/12/2020


Violent assaults add to chaos of San Francisco General Hospital's ER

Hospital struggles to handle mentally ill and drug-addicted

2/12/2020


Tracking the spread of the coronavirus

The New York Times' map tracks the progress

2/11/2020


Nemours Children’s Health System using video in nontraditional ways

Nemours uses their system to improve facility efficiency, lower operational costs and deliver a better patient experience

2/11/2020


LED lighting can save lives, energy in hospital parking garage

Reston Hospital is expecting an 81 percent reduction in annual energy consumption

2/11/2020


How will the coronavirus end?

Epidemiologists outline three scenarios

2/10/2020


FDA tells Purell to stop claiming it can prevent flu

Marketing campaign also claims product can prevent ebola spread

2/10/2020


Ohio healthcare facility creates simulation room to train for violence

Studies show that healthcare workers are four times more likely to be physically assaulted in the workplace than any other American worker

2/10/2020


FDA issues cybersecurity warning for GE medical equipment

The machines are used for monitoring blood pressure, heart rate, temperature and patient status

2/10/2020


VA hospitals installing safety features after suicides

Since 2018, 49 veterans have killed themselves on the grounds of VA medical facilities

2/10/2020


China's new coronavirus hospital taking first patients

Hospital was built in 10 days

2/7/2020


US hospitals are preparing for coronavirus outbreak

Healthcare facilities are being told to limit the number of patients they treat, but also be prepared to react if the cases spike

2/7/2020


Managed IT services for healthcare: Spending the IT budget wisely, while maximizing ROI

The convergence of telecom, security and data solutions makes network integration, proactive security monitoring and transparent pricing key priorities for IT investments

2/7/2020


Using panic hardware can be a challenge for healthcare facilities

Panic hardware is a popular exit device used to provide quick egress

2/7/2020


Plumbing systems should be simple and reliable

Know the requirements and technical challenges of the healthcare facility plumbing system

2/7/2020


Flu virus has killed 10,000 so far this season

Flu activity continued to rise in the week ending Jan. 25

2/6/2020


New York prepares for possible coronavirus

New York City officials say they’re working under the assumption cases will pop up here in the area

2/6/2020


Past experience with MERS, Ebola can help prep for coronavirus

Hospital personnel should observe standard, contact and airborne precautions

2/6/2020


Hospital exec goes from housekeeping to vice president

V.P. of nursing at Mo. hospital started as cleaner

2/6/2020


HVAC, lighting upgrades help facility save money

Changes support user needs and cut energy costs

2/6/2020


CDC working to expanding coronavirus testing capabilities

The US has at least 11 confirmed cases as of Feb. 3

2/5/2020


Real-time location systems can reduce hospital infections

Ensuring that healthcare workers always clean their hands before interacting with a patient is key

2/5/2020


Calif. hospital testing drone delivery of genomic samples

The drone program could potentially shorten the time between when a genomic sample is taken and when test results are returned

2/5/2020


Worry about flu, not coronavirus, Va. doctor says

Since the start of the flu season, the Carilion Clinic in Roanoke has treated about 2,170 patients with influenza

2/5/2020


Are U.S. hospitals ready for the corona virus?

Federal officials say they are monitoring the virus

2/4/2020


Seattle hospital hired security guards with body cameras for strike

The strike of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW members began on Jan. 28

2/4/2020


WHO declares coronavirus a global health emergency

The coronavirus has infected more people than the 2003 SARS epidemic

2/3/2020


CDC: Flu cases at 15 million

Flu activity up after two weeks of decline

2/3/2020


First person-to-person transmission of coronavirus virus in the US confirmed

The husband of an Illinois woman with Wuhan coronavirus is now infected

2/3/2020


Healthcare providers urged to have a 'high index of suspicion' when screening for coronavirus

At least five cases of the coronavirus have been detected in the U.S.

2/3/2020


California facility shut down by water main break

Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center was expected to be without running water for a week

2/3/2020



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