Facility Operations - March 2020

CDC says expired equipment from stockpile OK

The Strategic National Stockpile is a supply of lifesaving drugs and medical supplies

3/31/2020


Javits Center, other facilities temporary hospital sites in NYC

Center will have a total of 2,000 temporary hospital beds

3/31/2020


Navy hospital ship sails to Los Angeles to help with hospital crunch

The former oil supertanker won’t take coronavirus patients

3/31/2020


Coronavirus’s impact on healthcare IT: Supporting real-time needs of hospitals in crisis

Part 1: Navigating device management and redistribution

3/31/2020


Unlocking the smart hospital: Top tips for a successful digital transformation

Hospital leaders can streamline workflow for staff while delivering an elevated patient experience

3/31/2020


Health systems urged to be ready for 15 or 20 percent of staff to have own coronavirus issues

Colorado plans to bring in contract nurses from out of state as well as medical students and professionals

3/30/2020


Illinois lawmakers working to curb Legionnaires’ Disease

New bill focuses on water quality, distribution

3/30/2020


A rural hospital's ‘improvises’ during coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus pandemic presents significant challenges for rural hospitals

3/30/2020


New Pa. healthcare facility to include energy-saving power plant

Allegheny Health Network Wexford Hospital will have a natural gas-fired, two-story power plant

3/30/2020


Three coronavirus questions hospital asks before allowing entry into buildings

The questions were suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

3/30/2020



CDC estimates 38 million sickened by flu

This season the flu has caused 23,000 deaths

3/27/2020


Michigan healthcare facilities vary in coronavirus screening protocols

Hospitals are implementing state coronavirus restrictions

3/27/2020


Hospital ready with mobile hazmat tent if needed for coronavirus

Tent could be used to safely move a coronavirus patient into the hospital without putting anyone else at risk

3/27/2020


Healthcare facilities managers have a new charter: Creating an exceptional employee experience

Trends driving the evolving role of facilities managers as strategic experience design leaders

3/27/2020


Biometrics, smartphones poised to replace key cards

Key cards can be expensive and technologically obsolete

3/27/2020


Washington hospital workers make masks from office supplies

Workers are dealing with a severe shortage of equipment

3/26/2020


Some hospitals need emergency stocks for coronavirus

Hospitals in that situation can contact their local county health department or EMS agency

3/26/2020


Protecting healthcare workers with location technology

Badges can be a life-saving tool for employees under duress

3/26/2020


Flood waters swamp Jakarta hospital

Medical equipment may have been damaged

3/26/2020


Monitoring HVAC levels in sterile processing areas

HVAC must be addressed in compliance with current standards

3/26/2020


Keeping hospital ice machines safe from coronavirus

Following proper ice handling procedures is one more way to stop the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19

3/25/2020


Healthcare security: Why developing a drone use policy is essential

A policy governing who can use, who can approve, when and where they can be used should be developed

3/25/2020


As coronavirus spreads, hospitals deal with shortages

There are approximately 95,000 intensive care beds in the country

3/25/2020


Smart bed helps prevent falls and improve safety

The new beds have safety features, such as a motion-activated night light and can connect with the hospital’s call system

3/25/2020


‘Airborne precautions’ eyed for healthcare staffs after study shows coronavirus can survive in air

Scientists are looking at how humidity, temperature and ultraviolet lighting affects the disease

3/24/2020


Maryland hospitals setting up ‘triage tents’ to assess coronavirus patients

Some hospitals might also use the tents to triage those experiencing noncoronavirus-related symptoms

3/24/2020


People are stealing masks and other sterile supplies from hospitals

US officials have estimated the country only has about 1% of the masks needed for healthcare professionals

3/24/2020


EHR browser extension: Essential tool for optimizing value-based care initiatives

The goal is to aggregate data from every possible source to illustrate the patient’s health status

3/24/2020


Utah hospital sets up negative pressure tents for coronavirus

The tents are completely self-sustaining

3/23/2020


What hospitals need to do to prepare and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak

The spike in U.S. cases and daily reports of medical personnel exposure, is that hospital preparedness is critical to avoid a disaster

3/23/2020


U.S. hospitals may face severe PPE shortage

Survey suggests there may be a three-fold increase in demand for N95 masks

3/23/2020


V.A. preps to support healthcare system during coronavirus

Agency is legally designated as nation’s backup health system

3/23/2020


Study: Hospitals will run out of beds if coronavirus cases spike

No state will have enough room for novel coronavirus patients if the surge in severe cases here mirrors that in other countries

3/20/2020


U.S. healthcare facilities offer different pictures of coronavirus preparedness

Some believe their health systems are equipped, others aren't sure

3/20/2020


What hospitals are telling workers about coronavirus

Healthcare providers urged to take 'conservative approach'

3/20/2020


Essential HVAC craftsmanship in healthcare

The North Tower Project at INOVA Loudoun Hospital

3/20/2020


The challenge of mold in modern hospitals and healthcare facilities

Not only does mold cause structural damage to the facility costing them money and potential lost revenue, mold has been directly attributed to healthcare associated infections

3/20/2020


Many highly rated nursing homes have infection-control lapses

Sixty-one percent of nursing homes were cited for one or more infection-control deficiencies in the past few years

3/19/2020


Florida man sets hospital bed on fire to get nurse’s attention

The man tried to flee the hospital after setting the fire

3/19/2020


Ohio children's behavioral health facility designed for safety without intimidation

Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus built its own beds and asked suppliers for custom modifications

3/19/2020


Best practices to keep networks secure

Securing healthcare facilities against cyberattacks has become increasingly complicated

3/19/2020


Boston hospital braces for pandemic with warehouse of emergency supplies

Massachusetts General Hospital's facility contains stockpiles of critical items

3/18/2020


Nurses beg for protective gear and better planning amid coronavirus

Nurses in Washington State and California said they have had to beg for N95 masks

3/18/2020


Take the chill off! Ensuring comfortable conditions in workspaces

Electric heat can be a comfort solution no matter the temperature

3/18/2020


The future of violence response and emergency preparedness in healthcare

Several healthcare organizations have published information to assist security directors

3/18/2020


The future of violence response and emergency preparedness in healthcare

Several healthcare organizations have published information to assist security directors

3/18/2020


Coronavirus preparedness planning for senior living communities

Prepare by keeping up with current events and be ready to implement additional recommendations as they become available

3/17/2020


Nursing homes urged to be extra vigilant on coronavirus

The novel coronavirus that originated is highly transmissible in ways scientists yet don’t fully understand

3/17/2020


Some Amazon sellers accused of price gouging hand sanitizers

Amazon has about 5 million sellers on its site, and 50 percent of its sales are by third-party sellers

3/17/2020


Occupational groups that are at high risk for coronavirus

Healthcare workers have a high risk of contracting coronavirus

3/17/2020



Maximizing healthcare facility HVAC system output

HVAC optimization involves automatically controlling HVAC systems to deliver work at energy-efficient levels

3/17/2020


CMS: Main survey focus will be on infection control preparedness

The shift lets inspectors to focus on the spread of the coronavirus disease

3/16/2020


Balancing security and comfort

Healthcare facilities must ensure safety while maintaining a focus on healing

3/16/2020


Blog: Why hospitals and nursing homes are likely coronavirus epicenters

Officials should focus on getting nursing homes ready

3/16/2020


Florida man can’t bring life-size Trump cutout to dialysis center because of safety, infection control

The man spends about three and a half hours a day, three days a week undergoing dialysis

3/16/2020


Hybrid UV lighting systems evaluated

Eight-hour exposures on counter surfaces were effective for suppressing pathogens

3/16/2020


Inspection, testing and maintenance of door hardware key to security plan

By paying closer attention to the maintenance and performance of doors, hinges, closers, and fire-exit hardware, managers can help improve the safety and security of their facilities

3/16/2020


100+ disinfectants that may kill coronavirus on surfaces

Tests have yet to be completed that confirmed the disinfectants are able to kill this virus

3/13/2020


Telemedicine plays key role in battle against spread of coronavirus

Part of the demand for ID telehealth is the dearth of specialists in areas other than heavily populated urban centers.

3/13/2020


U.S. hospital with coronavirus patients share lessons

Patients are being treated in isolation rooms

3/13/2020



Green building in 2020 - what you need to know

Four main areas — sustainability, resilience, health and wellness, and value for investors — will be trending in 2020

3/13/2020


Updating a healthcare facility ventilation system

For hospital administrators, proper infection control is an important task

3/13/2020


Coronavirus evacuees monitored at Texas Center for Infectious Disease

Facility’s primary function is to treat tuberculosis patients

3/12/2020


Seattle nursing home coronavirus outbreak spotlights elder care risk

Age and close living conditions can increase danger

3/12/2020


N.Y. hospital reduce C. diff rates with process changes

Changes include enhanced monitoring for room turnovers

3/12/2020


CDC estimates flu deaths at 20,000 this season

This season the flu has caused 34 million illnesses

3/11/2020


Design and maintenance key to avoiding mold in healthcare facilities

Candida auris is now one of the world’s most feared microbes in healthcare settings

3/11/2020


La. woman’s hospital increasing security due to increased violence

The hospital also conducting employee training and implementing a lockdown system for patient care areas

3/11/2020


Calif. children’s hospital increases security after shooting threat

A staffer’s allegedly threatened to carry out a shooting rampage

3/11/2020


Healthcare workers question safety measures while prepping for coronavirus

Some say the medical community wasn't fully prepared for previous viruses, like SARS and Ebola — and they're concerned that lessons learned are not being applied

3/10/2020


Judge orders release of Seattle Children's mold records

The judge scolded Public Health of Seattle & King County for staying silent for so long in a case that has been in court for several months

3/10/2020


Prevention beyond PPE – The Importance of environmental hygiene to prevent spread of illnesses

There are several products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogen claims that are available for surface disinfection against SARS-CoV-2

3/10/2020


How are hospitals screening for the coronavirus?

Healthcare facilities are stepping up screening efforts

3/10/2020


Seattle Homeland Security facility shuts down over coronavirus fears

An employee there may be infected with coronavirus

3/10/2020


Anxiety grows as N.Y prepares for epidemic

No confirmed cases have appeared in N.Y., but officials have begun to prepare for the possibility

3/10/2020


Quarantines were almost obsolete, but facilities are now needed

Governments are trying to find somewhere to put coronavirus patients

3/9/2020


U.S. healthcare facilities short on face masks

Many of the protective face masks used in the U.S. are manufactured in China

3/9/2020


Opinion: How to confront coronavirus

Protection equipment needs to be produced

3/9/2020


Digital certificates play key role in healthcare industry

Initiatives aimed at standardizing use of trusted identities

3/9/2020


Shooting victim found with gun in Minneapolis hospital

Nurse says there's nothing to stop guns from getting in

3/9/2020


Technology that detects falls helps shown to reduce ED services

Reviewing videos helps caregivers determine causes of falls

3/9/2020


U.S. coronavirus death toll hits 11

California declares state of emergency

3/6/2020


Humidifier linked to deadly mold issue at Seattle Children's

The humidifier had was not used for a decade

3/6/2020


Integrated, bundled approach can fight HAIs

Infection control specialists must know how to design and implement an effective infection prevention program

3/6/2020


Indoor cellular coverage got you down? There’s a treatment for that.

Many healthcare facilities have unique construction that needs to be considered when evaluating indoor cellular coverage solutions

3/6/2020


HVAC experts suggest natural ventilation be allowed in most spaces outside of operating rooms

Natural ventilation is defined as the transport of fresh air through non-mechanical means, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

3/6/2020


County declares emergency after a ninth death was reported in Washington state

King County is purchasing a motel to house coronavirus patients. Washington's death toll is now 10.

3/5/2020


Federal government says it won’t put coronavirus patients in Costa Mesa

The patients have been quarantined at Travis Air Force Base in Northern California

3/5/2020


Water leak stops inpatient services at Wyoming hospital

A leaking hydronic heating system has caused severe water damage on multiple floors throughout the hospital

3/5/2020


Amazon's virtual medical clinic is 'open' for Seattle employees

The app provides virtual medical consultations, as well as a way to schedule a follow-up visit from a health professional

3/5/2020


Survey suggests security cameras do make campuses safer

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

3/5/2020


Increased healthcare facility sanitation practices may not stop C. difficile spread

Research stresses C. Diff is not just a hospital problem

3/4/2020


Hospitals urged to do these four things to prepare for a pandemic

Healthcare facilities should review pandemic and surge plans

3/4/2020


Misconfiguration main cause of healthcare breaches

Misconfiguration due to human error in cloud infrastructures increased by 424 percent

3/4/2020


Second U.S. coronavirus-related death reported in Washington state

The total number of individuals who have tested positive for coronavirus in the area has risen to 10

3/3/2020


CDC confirms first U.S. coronavirus case of unknown origin

The infected individual had no known exposure to the virus through travel or close contact with a known infected person

3/3/2020


Surveyors expected to stress longterm care facilities' infection control compliance amid coronavirus outbreak

Providers were encouraged to review information on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus

3/3/2020


Coronavirus outbreak should spark focus on infection control

It’s a good time to review transmission-based precautions

3/3/2020


U.S. passengers cruise ship who tested positive for the coronavirus going to Alabama facility

Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston is a FEMA training facility

3/3/2020


Bed bugs found in Toledo adult care facilities

State reports show the bugs infested every bedroom of one facility

3/2/2020


Patient 'edutainment' systems evolving to better serve patients and staff

Having tools to manage their experience can be empowering for patients

3/2/2020


Malware disables Boston Children’s Hospital facilities systems

The main hospital system was not impacted

3/2/2020


Workplace violence training program focuses on healthcare settings

Program focuses on de-escalation and addressing four stages of crises

3/2/2020



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