Facility Operations - September 2020

Ten Percent Of N.Y. Nursing Homes Failed At Infection Control

The New York Health Department has fined 23 nursing homes a total of $328,000

9/30/2020


Pa. Health System Adjusts Food Service During Pandemic

Geisinger’s former self-serve stations are all staffed and shielded

9/30/2020


Study: Coronavirus Lingers on Shared Medical Equipment

Research doesn’t say whether this could lead to virus transmission

9/30/2020


Continuously Active Disinfectants Said To Control COVID Spread

Protecting exposure via surfaces in heavily trafficked facilities can be a challenge

9/30/2020


Reducing HAIs With Touchpoint Disinfecting

Cleaners target HAI hotspots

9/29/2020


Ransomware Attack Leads To Death Of Patient In Germany

Woman died after being diverted to facility 20 miles away when hackers shut down hospital where she was being admitted

9/29/2020


Selecting the Right CMMS

CMMS selection requires matching specific project and facility goals with the capabilities and functionality of the system

9/29/2020


Study Finds Educating Cleaning Staff Lowers C. diff Infections

Study suggests focusing on knowledge gaps, challenges and barriers

9/29/2020


Hospitals Say They're Now Better Prepared For COVID-19

Healthcare leaders are stockpiling needed supplies

9/28/2020


Healthcare Tech Supporting COVID-19 Fight

Some hospitals are using remote surveillance to monitor COVID-19 patients on ventilators

9/28/2020


With COVID-19 Reopenings, There May Be Legionella in A Building's Water

Stagnant water can be a breeding ground for waterborne pathogens, such as legionella

9/28/2020


Survey: Dirty Carpet Impacts Perception of Care in Long-term Care Facilities

Older Americans (65+) are more likely than their younger counterparts to be influenced by dirty carpet

9/28/2020


Flu Season During Coronavirus Pandemic Raises New Questions

Flu patients can take up resources

9/25/2020


Washington Hospital Fixes Water Issue After Two Weeks

The water issue affected sterilization of surgical instruments

9/25/2020


Doctor Shot During Robbery At Minnesota Hospital

Employees had asked for better protection in parking areas

9/25/2020


Kaiser Permanente First Healthcare System To Reach Carbon Neutrality

One hundred percent of energy the system uses is being either used in a green way or is offset

9/25/2020


Lessons From Ebola

Healthcare professionals have learned a great deal about creating effective care environments that allow for the safe treatment of patients with EVD and other infectious diseases

9/25/2020


56% Of Healthcare Facilities Did Not Meet National Cybersecurity Standards In 2019

Added technologies and an increased focus on existing ones is recommended

9/24/2020


Case Study: Urology Center in Little Rock

The project provided lighting for a range of medical and cleanroom applications

9/24/2020


What You Need to Know About Elastomeric Coatings

Durable and not easily cracked, elastomeric coatings are also effective at sealing roof leaks and preventing existing damage from worsening

9/24/2020


2020 Environmental Services Departments of the Year Named

AHE awards honor top hospital EVS departments

9/24/2020


Pa. Hospital Using ‘Mobile Boiler Rooms’ During Repairs After Fire

The fire has been linked to a chemical reaction during maintenance work

9/24/2020


Florida Assisted-Living Facilities No Longer Required To Test Staff For COVID

Federal guidelines require nursing homes to continue testing

9/23/2020


Pandemic Hastening Closure Of Some Urban Hospitals

COVID has worsened the situation for already weakened hospitals

9/23/2020


Georgia Blocks ‘Granny Cam’ Legislation

Some in the long-term care industry have opposed cameras

9/23/2020


Tackling the Pandemic with Environmental Monitoring

The benefits of temperature and environmental monitoring are twofold

9/23/2020


CDC Reverses Guidelines On Testing People Exposed To Covid-19

People who have had close contact with someone infected with the coronavirus, but who have not exhibited symptoms are now recommended to be tested

9/22/2020


Coronavirus Could Make Touchless Restrooms a Must

No longer a nice-to-have, touchless restroom fixtures may curb infections from commercial restrooms

9/22/2020


Senior Living Dining Program Works to Maintain Community

Nebraska facilities innovate in how they serve residents under restrictions

9/22/2020


Columbus Surge Hospital In Storage For Now

The hospital at the Greater Columbus Convention Center has been disassembled

9/22/2020


Smart Healthcare Facilities Can Come Unique Cybersecurity Threats

All the standard vulnerabilities apply to healthcare facilities as well

9/22/2020


Nursing Home Workers Who Work At Multiple Facilities May Be Behind Some Of COVID Spread

Florida facilities continue to see cases despite lockdown

9/21/2020


Containing Healthcare Costs in the New COVID Normal

Navigating pandemic-induced financial strain to reduce expenses

9/21/2020


Mayo Clinic Opens A Dedicated Gluten-Free Kitchen

Clinic now a validated gluten-free 'safe spot'

9/21/2020


Mass. Hospital Keeping COVID Transmissions at Nearly Zero

The Boston hospital has dedicated COVID-19 units with airborne infection isolation rooms

9/21/2020


UVC Disinfectant Not Easy to Use

UVC radiation disinfect requires many protocols to use safely

9/21/2020


Some Hospitals Fail To Separate COVID-19 Patients

Combining patients can fuel its spread

9/21/2020


Spray-On PPE Is Being Developed

The product would be used once a day and administered by a shelf-stable inhaler or nasal spray

9/18/2020


Material Shortages Hinders Mask Manufacturing

Meltblown textile is needed to make N95 masks

9/18/2020


Penn. Hospital Fire Sparks Shelter-in-Place Order For Area

Smoke from putting out a fire at UPMC Lock Haven could have been hazardous

9/18/2020


How Hospitals Can Achieve Net-Zero Energy

Historically high energy users, hospitals do have a pathway to net-zero energy. These tips and real-world case studies illustrate how.

9/18/2020


Cybersecurity Not Just A Technology Problem

Continual education and reinforcement of staff is key

9/18/2020


Laundry Practices A Key Part Of Infection Control

It’s an area that’s underappreciated in eldercare

9/17/2020


Access Control Strategies Can Help Curb Coronavirus Spread

Facility managers can turn to a number of solutions, ranging from no-tech to low-tech to high-tech

9/17/2020


Health Systems Discovering Benefits Of Cloud

Facilities finally moving away from CDs

9/17/2020


Nursing Facilities Can Be Hotbeds For Bacteria

Infection control protocols are key to preventing spread

9/17/2020


Water Chemistry Issues Suspend Surgeries At Washington Hospital

The water issue is affecting sterilization

9/16/2020


Pa. Hospital Patient Suffering Third-Degree Burns In Operating Room Fire

Patient files suit against the UPMC Susquehanna’s Williamsport Regional Medical Center

9/16/2020


Green Cleaning During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Facilities should pay attention about to what’s in their cleaning products

9/16/2020


Survey: Healthcare Facilities Not Keeping Up With Hackers

96 percent of IT professionals say data attackers are outpacing healthcare facilities in effectiveness

9/16/2020


Regulations, Codes & Standards Q&A: Power Strips

Brad Keyes discusses regulations related to power strips

9/16/2020


Decontamination May Solve Mask Shortage

With cold and flu season around the corner, new PPE shortages are feared

9/15/2020


Legionella At D.C. VA Hospital Cuts Off Water

The water was flushed and the water heated to eradicate any possible legionella bacteria

9/15/2020


Mass Hospital Still Closed By Summer Flood Waters

Video on Campus Safety website shows water flooding Norwood Hospital

9/15/2020


Most Abu Dhabi hospitals Now Digitally Connected

More than 60 percent connected one year from the launch of HIE platform

9/15/2020


Pandemic Has Healthcare Facilities Increasing Focus On Patient Experience Efforts

Facilities are working on increasing access to care and deliver a better-than-expected service

9/15/2020


Five Reasons Validated Water-Management Programs Are More Critical Than Ever

Many healthcare facilities may have experienced changes in their occupancy and water usage

9/15/2020


N95 Masks Still Being Rationed At Minnesota Hospitals

State has more than 1 million masks in storage

9/14/2020


HAIs May Be Rising Amid Pandemic

COVID-19 has stretched the workforce of infection experts, possibly increasing hospital-acquired infections

9/14/2020


Dozens Of Maryland Nursing Homes Cited For Infection Control Lapses

Ten have faced significant fines based on the inspection surveys, from $70,000 to $380,000

9/14/2020


Managing Campus Visitors During the Pandemic

Visitor management begins at the door

9/14/2020


Idaho Nursing Homes Visited By State Inspectors With COVID-19

Inspectors didn't know they were infected

9/11/2020


Whitepaper: How to Select Electrostatic Technology

Whitepaper identifies four critical elements to evaluate

9/11/2020


Two Initiatives to Enhance Your Infection Prevention Programs

There are steps that you can take in two key areas — instrument processing and contact tracing — that can help enhance your infection prevention program

9/11/2020


Pandemic Increases Importance of Infection Control Efforts

COVID-19 has increased the chance of infection for in-center dialysis patients

9/11/2020


Tips For Medical Device Cybersecurity

Device cybersecurity called the biggest challenge hospitals face today

9/11/2020



The High Standards Faced By Hospital Facility Managers

Healthcare facility managers are held to high and sometimes impossible standards

9/10/2020


La. Hospital Cares For Babies During Hurricane

The babies were moved to the main hospital in the system which has its own generator and was built to withstand hurricane force winds

9/10/2020


How to Keep Healthcare Construction Sites – and Patients – Safe and Healthy During a Pandemic

During the pandemic, we’re focusing on strengthening these longstanding procedures

9/10/2020


Nurse Reports Cooling Issues At Texas Nursing Home For COVID Patients

Nurse sues - saying she was fired after report

9/10/2020


Canadian Healthcare Facilities Seeing Resistance To In-Hospital Masking

Altercations witnessed when visitors are asked to wear mask in Alberta facility

9/9/2020


Disinfectant Overuse May Have Caused Nurses' Illnesses At Vermont Hospital

Investigators were unable to pinpoint an exact reason why 21 nurses fell ill

9/9/2020


Regulations, Codes & Standards Q&A: Evacuation Route Maps

Brad Keyes discusses regulations related to evacuation route maps

9/9/2020


IPs and EVS Work Best Together With Give-And-Take

The COVID pandemic is bringing them teams together to discuss maintaining supplies of cleaning and disinfecting

9/9/2020


COVID-19 Could Change Enhanced Assisted Living

Some assisted living providers are reevaluating their healthcare offerings

9/9/2020


Healthcare Facilities Have Complex Cybersecurity Risks

Nonprofit hospitals face greater risks from cyberattacks than any other sector

9/9/2020


Return-to-School Issues Can Offer Lessons For Healthcare Facilities

Community living environments, such as universities and skilled nursing facilities, are challenging

9/8/2020


More Scrutiny Sought For Florida Coronavirus Isolation Centers

Some of the nursing homes have been cited for infection control issues

9/8/2020


Minnesota Hospital Adds Halal Options To Patient Menu

Change at St. Cloud Hospital launched to better serve Muslim patients

9/8/2020


Pandemic Increasing Demand For Telemedicine

Health systems are struggling and adjusting to the changes

9/8/2020


Balancing Infection Control With Green-Cleaning Efforts

There are good sustainable alternatives out there if healthcare professionals are 'willing to open their eyes and take a look'

9/8/2020


How Healthcare Facilities Managers Have Become Unsung Heroes for Reducing the Spread of COVID-19

Healthcare facilities managers are making sure infrastructure doesn’t fail

9/4/2020


One In Eight UK Patients Caught COVID In Hospital

Researchers said that was a relatively low rate

9/4/2020


Survey: COVID Hasn’t Changed Large Employers Support Of On-Site Clinics

More than half of employers surveyed said they already have an on-site clinics

9/4/2020


Pa. Hospital System Dealing With Food Service Problem

Patients skipping meals and resorting to snacks

9/4/2020


Designing Healthcare Facilities with Mass Notification in Mind

These systems also offer flexible options for healthcare facilities to reach people via on-premises and mobile devices, as well as create groups and zones to target messages

9/4/2020


Preparing For A Hurricane In The Middle Of A Pandemic

Facilities must routinely research and update plans in order to reduce damage, remain open and recover quickly

9/3/2020


Healthcare Foodservice Operations Had To Pivot During the Pandemic

Many hospitals received donations from local businesses

9/3/2020


Two Twin Cities Hospitals Hit With OSHA Penalties Over COVID-19

United, North Memorial fined for PPE, staff-safety violations

9/3/2020


Hospital Airflow Crucial For Infection Prevention

There is a lot that can be done in indoor air management to decrease transmission of infections

9/3/2020


California Hospital Workers Say They're Not Being Protected

Ad hoc COVID-19 medical centers are often remote and security is often a lower priority

9/2/2020


Temporary Hospitals Have Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

Ad hoc COVID-19 medical centers are often remote and security is often a lower priority

9/2/2020


Some Healthcare Workers Need Convincing To Wear Masks

Some healthcare workers still believe COVID is a farce or it doesn't really exist

9/1/2020


Healthcare Parking Lots Can Be Hazardous To Workers

Investigation shows security measures lacking

9/1/2020


Baltimore-Area Hospitals Easing Visitor Restrictions

Some visitors are being encouraged to stay in the hospital rather than come and go

9/1/2020



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