Facility Operations - July 2020

Florida opens its first mobile hospital

The state is providing staff and equipment for the unit

7/31/2020


Building infection prevention programs at longterm care

Addressing the risk and not just the treatment of infection can save money, too

7/31/2020


Department of defense looking for contractors to set up Fla. mobile hospitals

As cases surge, the Army is helping the state in case it needs to quickly build out

7/31/2020


COVID-19 infecting patients inside healthcare facilities

5,142 patients in the US reported to be infected with coronavirus inside a hospital.

7/31/2020


National Guard raises tents outside South Carolina hospital

As of mid July, 84 percent of Orangeburg County’s hospital beds were occupied

7/30/2020


Reinventing the healthcare facility post-Covid

There could be fundamental differences in care, according to a new whitepaper

7/30/2020


How McCormick Place became Chicago's alternate care site

The convention center was converted to a 3,000-bed hospital

7/30/2020


Pandemic’s impact on on-site dining at healthcare facilities

Dining programs could see a continued slump in retail dining

7/30/2020


Healthcare data security still needs attention during pandemic

Healthcare institutions can have difficulty leveraging the large amounts of data that they store

7/30/2020


California hospitals get help with staffing shortages from military

A total of 160 Air Force healthcare professionals are working in five hospitals

7/29/2020


Integrating EHR and medical devices in longterm care

This integration could support better outcomes and lower the cost of care for patients

7/29/2020


Five housekeepers at N.Y. hospital volunteered to clean COVID patients’ rooms

Volunteer cleaners say they were motivated by the patients

7/29/2020


Supersized food can mean undersized profits for healthcare facilities

When it comes to offering healthier food options in their cafeterias and gift shops, most U.S. hospitals may be 'penny wise and pound foolish'

7/29/2020


Connecticut Guard helps inspect longterm care facilities

Support from the Guard has enabled the DPH to inspect more longterm care facilities more frequently

7/28/2020


Masks, gowns shortage to leave hospital workers exposed

Without federal guidance, states must compete for products

7/28/2020


Insulation blanket saves Canadian hospital 15 million pounds of steam

The reusable insulation was installed in the boiler room’s main header, instantaneous heater and condensate pumps

7/28/2020


The COVID-19 public health emergency highlights the need for better data accessibility in healthcare

Interoperability facilitates the availability of data to clinicians and patients

7/28/2020


Nursing home infection prevention should be group effort

Environmental services and facilities management staffs need to work together

7/27/2020


Meeting the needs of non-Covid patients

Healthcare facilities must manage patients with time-sensitive and medically complex conditions

7/27/2020


Pandemic increases union activity among hospital workers

The main concerns are adequate staffing and PPE

7/27/2020


Idaho hospital steps up its cleaning efforts for Covid

The hospital now uses electrostatic sprayers and a hydrogen peroxide-based dry fog

7/27/2020


Hospital security cameras can promote safety

Cloud-based security systems can provide pictures of each person entering and exiting a facility

7/27/2020


Candida auris infects L.A. County healthcare facility

The shortage of medical equipment may be helping to spread

7/24/2020


Improper medical waste management can bring risks

Disposing of waste can be overwhelming for small healthcare facilities

7/24/2020


Report says nearly all healthcare workers dealing with COVID need N95s

Allowing surgical masks and medical masks to be used in circumstances where N95s should be used detracts from the effort to supply enough N95s

7/24/2020


How to manage senior care facilities during crisis

Facilities and IT infrastructure must be at their optimal performance

7/24/2020


Healthcare food service operators ‘cautiously optimistic’ during pandemic

Healthcare operators are less likely to see longer-term impacts than other food service segments

7/24/2020


Healthcare facility hacking increasing during coronavirus pandemic

IBM reported a 6,000 percent increase in spam attacks

7/23/2020


Refrigerator trucks deployed in Texas as hospital morgues fill up

More than 4,000 Texans have died from the coronavirus and counties are preparing for even more deaths

7/23/2020



New certification issued for janitors helping to fighting COVID-19

The course covers infection control, proper cleaning procedures, documentation and communication and worksite safety precautions. It also defines cleaning and disinfecting

7/23/2020


COVID-19 may affect campus weapons detection

Coronavirus could impact how hospitals use metal detectors

7/23/2020


Using a cybersecurity plan at your healthcare facility

A digital shift in the handling of private health information (PHI) opened up healthcare systems to hackers

7/23/2020


Environmental services workers find spotlight during Covid

The frontline healthcare workers rely on the environmental services

7/22/2020


Infection control best practices for healthcare facilities

Limiting patient visitors helps keep the virus from entering healthcare facilities

7/22/2020


UK group lists workers most likely to die from coronavirus

The Office for National Statistics shows that men working as social carers, factory workers, security guards and cabbies are at greater risk

7/22/2020


Security guards in demand — and stressed

Job descriptions for guards now can include temperature checks

7/22/2020


America is running short on PPE again

Nurses say they are reusing N95 masks for days and weeks at a time

7/21/2020


Hurricanes may mean field hospitals not answer for Florida’s COVID-19 surge

The state is focusing on expanding hospital surge capacity instead

7/21/2020


Coronavirus infections spike among workers at San Francisco hospital

Forty-five workers at San Francisco General Hospital tested positive

7/21/2020


New surge of Covid-19 patients straining hospitals

ICU units are reaching capacity

7/21/2020


Tips for hospitals to operate safely in the ‘new normal’

The physical space of a hospital can encourage the spread of infectious disease

7/21/2020


Hospital patients require better food service and it's improving bottom lines

Factors such as a general uptick in health-conscious consumers have put food service on the front burner

7/21/2020


FDA publishes list of hand sanitizers that may be toxic

Fifty-five products are on the list

7/20/2020


Workers link COVID-19 outbreak at California hospital to mismanagement

Staff members say not properly separating patients, short staffing and a lack of testing and protective gear has led to an outbreak

7/20/2020


Ozone disinfection could allow safe reuse of PPE

Method doesn’t work on items that include stapled-on elastic straps

7/20/2020


Nash UNC Health Care working to raises the bar for EVS department

The way the facility is cleaned has changed in order to address the coronavirus pandemic

7/20/2020


Managing security challenges in healthcare

Healthcare facilities must assure staffing amid increasing risk

7/20/2020


New Covid care center in India the size of 20 football fields

Indian officials called the 10,000-bed Sardar Patel Covid care centre, one of the largest such facilities in the world

7/17/2020


Healthcare facility trends to expect as staff returns to work

Organizations consider how to best eliminate the risk of coronavirus transmission among staff

7/17/2020


Keeping patients and staff safe without armed security

Scientific American opinion piece recommends eliminating armed police, guards in emergency rooms

7/17/2020


New Jersey hospitals revamping supply chains for second wave

System plans to stockpile enough personal protective equipment to last 90 days

7/17/2020


ADA considerations part of facility adjustments for COVID-19

Changes to entrances, restrooms and office areas will need to be accessible

7/17/2020


Hospital ratings can depend more on nice rooms than healthcare

The most satisfied patients tend to die in greater numbers

7/16/2020


COVID-19 overflow patients in Texas nursing home dealing with excessive heat

Residents were wearing only undergarments and laying on towels or thin sheets to try to stay cool

7/16/2020


Hospital staff’s perception can impact cleaning of pediatric wards

Surfaces that are easiest to clean can become most contaminated after cleaning

7/16/2020


Illinois governor asked to move nursing home residents to hotels

Pritzker administration against ‘moving medically fragile people’

7/16/2020


Security fundamentals for temporary facilities

Six steps for effective security design and operation during an emergency

7/16/2020


Atlanta coronavirus field hospital to be reopened

The facility was first turned into a 200-bed alternative care location in April

7/15/2020


Boston company offers to build ‘sanitization stations' for local healthcare workers

These temporary shower can be installed inside or outside workers' homes

7/15/2020


Mask-strapped healthcare facilities turn to mask-cleaning system

Issues with availability of materials is contributing to the shortages

7/15/2020


6,500 dead from COVID-19 in N.J. nursing homes

Department of Health inspectors reported few issues

7/14/2020


Hospitals working to maintain PPE supplies before flu season

Hospitals are stockpiling personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, face shields and gowns

7/14/2020


N.H. nursing homes receive defective equipment from FEMA

In New Hampshire, 80 percent of the COVID-19 deaths have been residents of nursing homes

7/14/2020


Maryland healthcare organization ramps up pandemic preparedness

The University of Maryland Medical Center scrambled to find ventilators, create surge capacity

7/14/2020


Texas announces $9 million for nursing home infection control projects

Nursing facilities are encouraged to submit applications to the HHSC to receive the funding

7/14/2020


Hospital food service operators on front lines of coronavirus

Healthcare executive chef shares details of serving patients and staff during the pandemic

7/14/2020


Florida hospital ICUs hitting capacity

These hospitals were spread across more than 20 counties

7/13/2020


Housekeeper helps save COVID patient's life

Only healthcare workers and cleaning staff could have in-person interaction with the patient

7/13/2020


Enhanced safety measures initiated to make hospital patients comfortable about seeking care

Washington system established guidelines to ensure patients safety

7/13/2020


AI reduces hospital’s energy use by 20 percent

A system of multi-variant sensing for predictive controls of air-conditioning was used

7/13/2020


N95s urged for all inpatient COVID care

N95 respirators are better at filtering out aerosol generating particles

7/13/2020


Orlando’s VA Medical Center at Lake Nona updates digital infrastructure

Synergy opportunities between systems offer a growing number of conveniences and increased safety to patients, visitors and staff alike

7/13/2020


Federal records show healthcare workers’ pleas for better COVID protective gear

A third of the healthcare-related COVID-19 complaints remain open

7/10/2020


Research finds patients prefer off-campus healthcare

The trend is likely to continue for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19

7/10/2020


Mass. hospital temporarily closed following severe floods

Storm forced power outages and patient evacuations

7/10/2020


Flexible foodservice design key in healthcare

As trends shift, operators must keep up with menu innovations and remain adaptable

7/10/2020


What a second wave of Covid-19 could look like

A second wave during flu season could potentially overwhelm the healthcare system

7/9/2020


Arizona nursing homes preparing for another coronavirus surge

As the number of new coronavirus cases continues to rise, nursing homes are emphasizing frequent testing

7/9/2020


Adapting construction sites at healthcare facilities

Containment systems and anterooms can keep negative air pressure within the workspace and out of patient rooms

7/9/2020


COVID-19 increases use of microgrids in healthcare sector

There are still regulatory, awareness barriers to adopting systems

7/9/2020


Boston Hospital builds a Covid-19 forecasting system

Forecasting can be useful in times of uncertainty

7/9/2020


Enhancing healthcare facility security using mass notification

Mass notification systems can connect many devices and other systems healthcare facilities already have in place and help leverage them for safety and communication needs

7/9/2020


COVID-19 outbreak brings rising attacks on healthcare workers

There have been more than 400 reported global incidents of COVID-19-related violence

7/8/2020


Pandemic changing strategies for parking garages

Moving into the new normal of parking garage management

7/8/2020


LA’s motion picture home battles coronavirus despite precautions

Management stockpiled surgical gowns, N95 masks and gloves

7/8/2020


Pa. nursing home requires non-medical staff to assist nurses

Building maintenance staff and others are told to help with resident care

7/7/2020


N95 mask shortage still a problem

More than 20 states saw an increase in their daily average of coronavirus cases in mid-June

7/7/2020


Michigan won’t put COVID-19 patients in vacant facilities

But state officials set up a system in which infected residents are cared for in isolated areas of nursing homes

7/7/2020


Hospitals in San Antonio implementing no-visitor policy amid Covid spike

Visitors allowed for critically ill, laboring, pediatric patients

7/7/2020


Security fundamentals for temporary facilities

Six steps for effective security design and operation during an emergency

7/7/2020


Covid outbreak at Mass. veterans facility linked catastrophic decisions

Holyoke Soldiers' Home outbreak killed 76 vets

7/6/2020


Veterans’ home had ‘the opposite of infection control’

An independent report on the coronavirus outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home found wards with both infected and uninfected patients

7/6/2020


Healthcare facilities adjust practices based on supply shortages

Many facilities have started self-producing PPE and test materials and reprocessing respirators

7/6/2020


Pro hand-hygiene culture better than monitoring devices

Consistent and constant messaging and staff empowerment as key drivers of success, according to a study

7/6/2020


Masks, field hospitals seen as urgent preparations for second wave

Ontario Hospital Association also called for the Ontario government to give clearer advice about when people should wear masks

7/6/2020


Reopening onsite restaurants in healthcare facilities

A limited menu, eliminated seating and enhanced cleaning policies can help the transition

7/2/2020


There’s still a PPE shortage in Massachusetts

A second wave could bring situation to crisis level

7/2/2020


Honda, GM producing hand sanitizer for healthcare facilities

An apparatus designed to manufacture the electrodes used in the fuel cells has been repurposed

7/2/2020


Preparation for entering the next pandemic with copper and other automatic door solutions

It is critical for public spaces to implement solutions to prevent escalating virus spread as they re-open in the new normal

7/2/2020


The more cybersecurity changes, the more it stays the same

It is time for an evolution in cybersecurity that focuses on adversary disruption

7/2/2020


GEMA, Georgia National Guard moving makeshift hospital for potential second wave

Seventy-six beds will be set up in the Youth ChalleNGe Academy in Milledgeville

7/1/2020


The importance of FTEs for pandemic preparedness

Full-time employees and contractors must be determined on an environment-by-environment basis

7/1/2020


Improving mobile medical equipment security and safety with electronic access control

Take time to review existing best practices and embrace innovation

7/1/2020


Preparing facilities for reopening

Take time to review existing best practices and embrace innovation

7/1/2020



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