Facility Operations - August 2020

India Deploys Portable, Foldable Covid Hospital

Facility can be set up in a few hours by fewer than five people

8/31/2020


Mobile COVID Clinical Trial Travels To Nursing Homes

An experimental drug to halt sudden outbreaks is being tested

8/31/2020


Staten Island Hospital Installs Thermal Scanners

Employees and visitors can be tested when entering the hospital

8/31/2020


Many Doctors Say Pandemic Won't Be Contained Until June

Eighty-six percent of physicians said COVID-19 won't be under control until at least January 2021

8/28/2020


Selecting the Right Steam Control Mechanism

Moving beyond ‘business as usual’ regulators and relief valves to explore different steam control options

8/28/2020


Report: Nursing Homes Facing Severe Staffing And Protective Equipment Shortages

Report includes results from a new national database containing 98 percent of U.S. nursing homes

8/28/2020


Legionella May Be COVID-19 Reopening Risk

Stagnant water can be a breeding ground for waterborne pathogens, like legionella. Here's how to reduce the risk

8/28/2020


Study: Children With Covid May Be More Contagious Than Adults

Infected children had significantly higher levels of virus in their airways

8/27/2020


CMS to Resume Routine Nursing Home Inspections

Onsite revisit surveys, non-immediate jeopardy complaint surveys and annual recertification surveys will resume

8/27/2020


Connecticut Report Says Nursing Home Staff Should Not Work In Multiple Facilities

The report also said that facilities assign staff to the same units and schedule longer shifts to cut down on departures and arrivals

8/27/2020


What to Know about Germicidal Lighting And Coronavirus

Fighting pathogens with lighting is not new, but can be tricky

8/26/2020


Solar-Powered Hospitals Saving Lives in Congo

The installation at a hospital consists of 100 solar panels and seven batteries capable of accumulating the necessary energy to run the facilities for two full days

8/26/2020


N.C. Hospital Launches Drone Delivery Service

The drones transport medicines and personal protective equipment

8/26/2020



Strike Teams Deployed To Combat Covid-19 in Nursing Homes

States are sending teams to help with outbreaks

8/25/2020


N.J. Hospitals Install Temperature Screening System for COVID-19

Alerts from thermal imaging cameras can be sent instantly to medical staff or security personnel

8/25/2020


Personal Robots Used In Senior Facilities May Be Vulnerable To Cyberattacks

Cybersecurity experts tested the robots and found four separate vulnerabilities

8/24/2020


COVID Patient Cohorting Can Come With Challenges

There are a number of considerations when planning patient-care arrangements during a pandemic

8/24/2020


A Healthcare Facility Lighting Retrofit Checklist

How do you begin to coordinate and come up with funds to replace lighting systems across thousands of square feet?

8/24/2020


Clean Energy Microgrid Built For Covid-19 Hospital In Migrant Camp

Batteries combined with photovoltaics provide power for the pop-up clinic

8/24/2020


N.Y. Hospital Sets Up Outdoor Visits For Elderly Patients

Rome Memorial Hospital helping its residents reconnect

8/21/2020


Flu Season With COVID Uncharted Territory For Healthcare Facilities

Things could be complicated because there’s going to be no way to distinguish between the two — without better testing capabilities

8/21/2020


N.Y. Hospital Adds Brick Pizza Oven To Energize Retail Cafeteria

So far, the North Shore Hospital cafe is open only to staff

8/21/2020


The ‘Hospital Of Tomorrow’ Expected To Extent Beyond Hospital Walls

Coronavirus accelerating the transition

8/21/2020


Texas COVID Recovery Centers Ready For Patients

State’s largest recovery centers located at Casa de Amistad and the McAllen Convention Center

8/21/2020


Mayo Clinic Hospital Has Salad-Making Robots

Fresh Food Robots program may be future of food service

8/20/2020


VA To Welcome Volunteers Back to Healthcare Facilities

Some volunteer roles will be new, modified, virtual or remain paused

8/20/2020


Monitoring Feedback Recommended For Hand-Hygiene Programs

Monitoring hand-hygiene performance and providing personnel with feedback is key

8/20/2020


Preventing HVAC From Spreading Airborne Coronavirus

Good ventilation, filtration and humidity control can be crucial to mitigating the spread in facilities

8/20/2020


IoT Leverages Existing Systems To Effect Operating Efficiencies

Actionable data drives value across organizations

8/20/2020


Report Links Spike In New Nursing Home COVID Cases To Community Spread

The report shows these cases increased in July after having dropped in June

8/19/2020


Best Practices for Healthcare Data Collection During COVID-19 and Beyond

Every COVID-19 case offers an opportunity to learn

8/19/2020


Study: Cleaning COVID Hospital Rooms Requires Contact Precautions

Education about infection prevention and maintaining adequate supplies of personal protective equipment was emphasized

8/19/2020


San Francisco Health Department May Cut Ties With Sheriff’s Department

Disproportionate use of force with Black patients in the ER cited

8/18/2020


Technology Key To Transforming Dorms to Alternative Hospital Space

When states look for pop-up hospitals, college housing is often one of the options to consider

8/18/2020


Inspecting, Testing, And Maintaining Fire Alarm Systems

Refer to Chapter 14 of NFPA 72 to understand minimum levels of performance for fire alarm systems

8/18/2020


Switching From Phone To Video Telehealth

The Institute for Family Health was conducting 1,800 telehealth visits per day — about two-thirds of which were via telephone

8/17/2020


Securing A Hospital Campus During A Pandemic

Protecting entries to healthcare facilities is key

8/17/2020


Glasgow Hospitals Increasing Security After Rise In Attacks

Since March, hospital staff have reported more than 2,300 attacks

8/17/2020


California Senior Care Homes Still Aren’t Ready for Wildfires

State and federal laws demand that long-term care facilities plan and train to keep residents safe in a disaster

8/17/2020


Proper Handling and Laundering of Bed Linen Can Help Curb Infection

Fabrics are sometimes overlooked as a potential source of healthcare-acquired infection

8/14/2020


Study: Healthcare Workers Of Color Nearly Twice As Likely To Get COVID

They were also more likely to care for COVID-19 patients and report having PPE issues

8/14/2020


Keeping Facility Ice Machines Clean and Safe

Ice machines can become contaminated with bacterial and viruses. These pathogens are often introduced by a person using the ice machine – not the machine itself.

8/14/2020


Keeping Patients, Staff Safe With Smart Healthcare Facilities

A look at the future of integrated life safety

8/14/2020


Hospitals Tracking COVID-19 With Sensors On Employee Badges

If a patient or staffer is diagnosed with the virus, the sensor system can pull up a map that shows who might have been in close proximity

8/13/2020


National Guard Helping Ease Long-Term Care Facilities’ Staffing Issues

National Guard members are also help run COVID-19 testing sites

8/13/2020


Preparing Healthcare Facilities for the Next Crisis

Facilities must ensure the health of patients outside of COVID, and be more prepared for the next emergency

8/13/2020


Consider Coronavirus, Hygiene Issues WIth Restrooms Upgrades

Upgrades should adapting to the pandemic, while improving productivity of custodial staff and reducing costs

8/13/2020


Telemedicine’s Impact Expected To Last Beyond Coronavirus

2020 has accelerated already-growing trend

8/12/2020


Full-Time Facilities Employees Key During Pandemic

There is no one-size-fits-all formula to determine the proper number of FTEs

8/12/2020


These High-Touch Surfaces Are Often Missed By Healthcare Facilities Cleaners

Healthcare workers are more likely to spread infection after touching these non-disinfected surfaces

8/12/2020


California Hospitals Expect To Face PPE Shortage For Next 2 Years

Hospitals across the state describe growing PPE shortages

8/11/2020


Longterm Impact From COVID-19 Expected For Senior Facilities

Facility design will need to enable residents to be smarter about living together

8/11/2020


CHP Systems Offer Energy Efficiency At The Source

A loss of power can have devastating effects, particularly in hospitals and healthcare facilities that need reliable power to keep their patients alive and healthy

8/11/2020


Orlando Hospitals Remind Public That Medical Facilities Are Not Hurricane Shelters

Facilities stress the point this year because of social distancing needs

8/10/2020


Anesthesiologist Tracking Healthcare Workers Killed By COVID-19

Industry professionals say the lack of good official data is putting lives in danger

8/10/2020


Study Said Healthcare Workers Wearing PPE Still Have Three Times The COVID-19 Risk

Minority workers have an even greater risk, the study said. Minority care providers were five times more likely to contract Covid-19 than white colleagues.

8/10/2020


Hospitals Prepare For Hurricane Season During Pandemic

COVID-19 has many hospitals planning to shelter in place

8/10/2020


Georgia Reopens Temporary Hospital in Atlanta To Deal With Covid Surge

The Georgia World Congress Center facility has a 120-bed capacity

8/7/2020


Use Of Domestic Medical Suppliers More Expensive

Johns Hopkins VP says 40-cent surgical gowns now cost $9

8/7/2020


Using Resources Wisely During COVID-19:

Waste and recycling options for healthcare facilities

8/7/2020


Inspection After First Covid Case Finds Va. Hospital Staffers Failed To Clean Hands And Equipment

A state inspector cited the issues at Maryview Medical Center in Portsmouth during an unannounced visit this spring

8/7/2020


Pennsylvania Nursing Homes' Second COVID-19 Wave Linked To Mistakes

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects a second wave to start in the fall, during the traditional flu season, but the increase seen in Pennsylvania has begin early

8/6/2020


Healthcare FMs Challenged with Unified Response for Facilities Nationwide

Varied responses offer an opportunity to learn and share best practices across geographies that much more quickly

8/6/2020


Mayo Clinic Invests $1M To Expand Telehealth

Expansive telemedicine network available to treat COVID-19 patients

8/6/2020


FEMA Sends Gowns Without Arm Holes And Strapless Masks To Care Homes

$134 million shipment to frontline workers included ‘glorified garbage bag gowns’

8/6/2020


California Hospital Weathering Supply Chain Challenges

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital’s parent company acquired stake in PPE manufacturer

8/6/2020


South Carolina Hospital Installing Tents As It Deals With COVID-19 Patients

Regional Medical Center Orangeburg Hospital is also preparing for the upcoming hurricane season

8/5/2020


The Importance Of Surge Protection In Healthcare Facilities

Ventilators and other monitors must have a constant stream of power to reduce risks to patients

8/5/2020


Microgrids in Hospitals Can Support Bolster Public Health

Hospitals need electricity for critical functions such as ventilators and dialysis machines

8/5/2020


Regulatory Compliance at Healthcare Facilities As Non-Covid Patients Return

The policies around the handling and disposing of PPE may have changed

8/4/2020


Hand Hygiene Even More Important in the Post-COVID-19 Era

Healthcare facilities must sustain the gains achieved during the pandemic

8/4/2020


Puerto Rico Lacks Hospital To Survive COVID-19

Puerto Rico has a surge in COVID-19 infections

8/4/2020


Telemedicine Market Expected to Hit $175 Billion by 2026

The rising number of COVID-19 infections across the globe is one of the key factors driving the demand for telemedicine

8/4/2020


Hospital Cyber Attacks On the Rise with Covid

Temporary facilities are potentially adding to the problem

8/4/2020



Tenn. Hospitals Preparing Extra Space If Needed For Covid-19 Patients

COVID-19 hospitalizations are hitting new highs in the region

8/3/2020


Contact Tracing Gets Real

Hospitals and clinics look to location based intelligence (LBI) for fully automated, real-time contact and contagion tracking

8/3/2020


NICUs Facing Unique Challenges During Covid

A patient is labor is not going to be asked to wear a mask

8/3/2020


Some R.I. Hospitals Getting Pushback on Mask Requirements

A state ban ban on hospital visits changed in July and restrictions were eased — but not lifted

8/3/2020


Germicidal Technologies Can Reduce Hospital Airborne Pathogens

UV-C energy can fortify hospital defenses against infectious diseases by reducing their concentrations without increasing their resistance to medicines

8/1/2020



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