Groundskeeping - January 2021

Healthcare Real Estate Sector Remains Strong

Telehealth will supplement patient care, changing the needs of the facility

1/29/2021


COVID-19 Focus Opened Door to Other Illnesses

Drug-resistant bacteria and fungi have grown opportunistically in health care settings

1/29/2021


Cyber Attacks Require Healthcare Organizations To Take Action

Extraordinary increase in connected medical devices makes hospitals more vulnerable

1/29/2021


OSHA-Approved State Standards Help Curtail COVID-19 Cases

In lieu of federal OSHA standards, 28 states have implemented their own emergency standards

1/29/2021


Improving Bed Turnover

EVS team plays a major role in managing hospital throughput

1/28/2021


Vaccines and Security in the COVID-19 Era

Security departments play an integral role in ensuring the rollout runs as smoothly as possible with minimal threats

1/28/2021


Florida Healthcare System Buys into Solar

300-ton steel canopy will power 84 percent of executive office building

1/28/2021


Changes to Food Programs Could Outlast COVID-19

Atlanta hospital has eliminated self-serve stations, room service-style patient menus, and cash

1/28/2021


Healthcare Facilities at Risk for COVID-Related Fines, Litigation

Failure to protect employees from COVID-19 could cost facilities thousands of dollars

1/27/2021


Vaccine Storage Problems Arise in Hospitals

Nearly 2,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were spoiled after a contractor accidentally unplugged a freezer

1/27/2021


Michigan: HVAC Certification for Restaurant Openings

Program allows food service establishments to become certified by having their HVAC systems inspected

1/27/2021


Microgrid Projects Show Tech’s Potential for Healthcare

Projects will include how to incorporate renewable energy and move away from diesel generators

1/27/2021


Cyber Criminals Exploit COVID-19 in Attacks

Increasing attacks spur need to adopt cybersecurity best practices to keep pace with evolving threats

1/27/2021


Biden Asks OSHA To Review Healthcare Worker Safety

Agency to issue revised guidance on safety during pandemic within next two weeks

1/26/2021


Flu Watch: Social Distancing in Facilities Paying Off

Flu numbers are well below normal across all ages

1/26/2021


Looking for Trouble: Proactive Tactics for IT Security

Strengthening employee security education and training should be a key focus for all healthcare entities

1/26/2021


Automated Technology Reinforces Proper Handwashing

Technology uses near-field magnetic induction technology to verify clinicians sanitize hands properly

1/25/2021


Judge Tosses Penalty Against Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

$4.3 million penalty stemmed from two instances of lost, unencrypted USB drives containing patient data

1/25/2021


Hospital-Acquired COVID-19: A Closer Look

Healthcare decision makers need metrics to provide accurate estimates of cases to effectively allocate resources

1/25/2021


Campaign Seeks To Increase Installation of EV Charging Stations

Group is teaming up with 29 other EV cooperatives to create a regional charging network

1/25/2021


4 Factors in COVID-19 Spread in Long-Term Care

Staff member infections, facility size among the factors associated with cases and deaths

1/22/2021


The Case for Training Facilities Staff

Why don’t hospitals train workers? Training is viewed as an expense, not an investment

1/22/2021


Healthcare Technology: The Impact on Data and IT

Even before COVID-19, managers faced myriad challenges to their data infrastructures

1/22/2021


A New Approach to Operations and Management

Care coordination command centers can improve outcomes and efficiency

1/21/2021


Visitor Management Takes Center Stage in COVID-19 Era

More than ever, facilities need control over patients, families, visitors, and outside contractors

1/20/2021


COVID-19: Challenges Continue for Environmental Services, Maintenance

Praise for healthcare workers is well deserved, but it left out nursing aides, housekeepers, medical assistants and food service workers

1/20/2021


Strategies and Resources for Technician Training

Providing training also is a proven strategy for engaging and motivating technical staff

1/20/2021


HVAC Systems and COVID-19: What’s the Link?

Experts say scientific evidence does not indicate that transmission of COVID-19 occurs via HVAC systems

1/19/2021


Managers Search for Staffing Strategies Amid Pandemic

Hospital facilities and engineering departments are in constant competition with other fields for qualified technicians

1/19/2021


IT Security in the COVID-19 Era

Senior care facilities can be particularly vulnerable to security risks

1/19/2021


Amid Vaccine Rollout, PPE Shortage Continues

Requests to one collection group increased by 200 percent between November and December

1/19/2021


Cyberattack Increase Tied to Vaccine Distribution

Attacks on web applications jump 51 percent since December

1/18/2021


Decade-Long Legionnaires' Outbreak Tied to Michigan Hospital: CDC

state reported 90 cases of Legionnaires' disease during 2014 and 2015

1/18/2021


Senior Care Facilities Go to the Dogs To Detect COVID-19

Dogs identify coronavirus via sweat samples from individuals

1/18/2021


COVID-19 Leads to Television as Diagnostic Tool

Converting existing televisions in nearly 1,200 patient rooms into virtual care endpoints

1/18/2021


Environmental Services Workers Feeling Underappreciated

Workers say they are not trained enough and see themselves as having a low social status

1/18/2021


Hospitals Fined $184K Over Worker Infections

Two hospitals fined for failing to report when employees were infected with COVID-19

1/15/2021


New COVID-19 Challenge: Minimizing PPE Waste

Managers seek to reduce the quantity of isolation gowns, gloves and masks discarded after use

1/15/2021


Healthcare Facilities Addressing Workplace Violence

Workplace violence is about four times more prevalent in healthcare than in other industries

1/15/2021


Telehealth Grows Amid Pandemic and Is Likely To Stay

Virtual visits must focus on patient experience to be a viable option

1/15/2021


Food Programs Adapt in the COVID-19 Era

Service had to continue where many traditional models no longer were feasible

1/15/2021


Rethinking Facility Airflow To Control COVID-19

Facilities can use altered airflows to increase air exchanges and optimize fresh outdoor air

1/14/2021


Flexible Food Program Responds to Pandemic

Programs had to rethink and revamp operations while still ensuring the health of patients

1/14/2021


CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule Improves Hospital Response

Rule mandates emergency planning and support with an emphasis on communication

1/14/2021


Four Most Frequent COVID-related OSHA Citations

By knowing the common citations, employers can better ensure they are protecting their workers

1/13/2021


Ransomware Attacks on Healthcare Skyrocket

Attacks against healthcare organizations have jumped about 45 percent since early November

1/13/2021


OSHA Offers Tips on Safety with Dry Ice

Super-cold blocks of carbon dioxide keep temperamental vaccines at the right temperature

1/13/2021


Report Faults Security Efforts for Patient Information

Only 6 percent of audited organizations adequately fulfilled requirements for reducing risks and vulnerabilities

1/12/2021


Freezer Malfunction Forces Emergency Use of Vaccine

Sensor that monitors freezer didn’t work and didn’t notify hospital personnel of problem

1/12/2021


Ransomware Attacks Continue to Plague Healthcare

Facilities are implementing measures designed to keep critical data safe and secure

1/12/2021


Cyberattack Tactics Included Guessing Passwords

Perpetrators of the attack used common hacker techniques to get passwords

1/12/2021


Healthcare Facilities Eye Blockchain To Address Challenges

Blockchain can do many things, from providing secure encryption of patient information to handling epidemics

1/11/2021


Scrutiny Grows on Air Filtration’s Role in Controlling COVID-19

An enhanced HVAC system design will minimize the recirculation of contaminated air in air distribution systems

1/8/2021


Hospital Must Release Records on Mold Outbreaks

The hospital has seen a host of mold outbreaks since 2005, when it discovered Aspergillus mold in an operating room

1/7/2021


COVID-19 Spotlight Falls on HVAC Systems

One mitigation strategy involves ensuring adequate ventilation in indoor spaces

1/7/2021


VA’s Struggle with PPE One of Many Issues

VA had no reliable tracking system for what hospitals have, what they need or what was expired

1/6/2021


COVID-19 Highlights Issue of Superbugs in Hospitals

Every year, hundreds of millions of people admitted to hospitals end up with dangerous infections

1/6/2021


Hospital Targets Healthier Foods for Staff, Patients

Meal prep service helps people enjoy a stress-free, healthy meal at their convenience

1/6/2021


Hospitals Receive Ransomware Alert

The advisory finds that malicious cyber actors are increasingly targeting the healthcare sector

1/5/2021


Revisiting IT Issues as Vaccine Rollout Expands

The IT infrastructure in many hospitals and healthcare facilities might not be up to the task of a successful vaccination program

1/5/2021


Healthcare IT Responds to Battle Pandemic

Adoption skyrocketed as hospitals, health systems and facility managers increasingly relied on digital health technologies

1/5/2021


COVID-19 Reemphasizes Role of Housekeeping

Hospitals seeking to control the coronavirus and other infections need to remain vigilant in their sanitizing efforts

1/5/2021


Asset Tracking: What Can RTLS Do for You?

Primarily used to track equipment and people, these systems are expanding into additional applications

1/5/2021


Nashville Explosion Hampers Hospital Operations

Blast affected connection points for regional internet services and local wireless, internet and video

1/4/2021


Clearing the Air: COVID-19 Strategy Must Address IAQ

Researchers stress that risk of infection is particularly high in hospitals and nursing homes

1/4/2021


Food Service Workers To Receive Early Vaccines

CDC recommendations for vaccination priorities acknowledge risks facing key employees in healthcare facilities

1/4/2021


California Opening Field Hospitals

The situation was particularly grim in Riverside County, which recently was at zero available ICU capacity

1/4/2021



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