Groundskeeping - February 2021

Rethinking Safety and Security in the Pandemic Era

Emergency and business continuity plans, particularly pandemic plans, will get refreshed

2/26/2021


Hospitals Across South Review Crisis Performance

Facilities faced three key challenges: accessing water for HVAC systems, sourcing oxygen and getting supplies

2/26/2021


Case Study: Disinfecting Contaminated Cell Phones and Tablets

Ultraviolet-C light is an effective alternative to germicidal wipes for disinfecting devices

2/26/2021


Doctor Wounded in Attack by Patient

Patient stabbed a doctor while being treated inside Pennsylvania Hospital

2/26/2021


Beware Casual Conversations and COVID-19: Study

Researchers say infections occurred likely due to not wearing a mask in social situations

2/25/2021


Mass Communication’s Role in Emergency Response

System enables healthcare workers to quickly and discreetly report incident

2/25/2021


No Surface? No Touch: Technology Targets Infections

Touchless technology aims to enhance hygiene and minimize risk of infection

2/25/2021


COVID-19 Prevention as IT Security Strategy

Applied to IT, health measures have potential benefits

2/24/2021


Hospital Maintenance Staff Shines in Cold-Weather Crisis

Employees carried buckets of well water throughout hospital

2/24/2021


How COVID-19 Is Reshaping Food Service

How can managers use staff effectively to deliver a quality product and meet customer expectations?

2/24/2021


Pandemic Uncovers IT Vulnerabilities

To protect patient and financial data, a proper security setup should include multiple controls

2/24/2021


Resource Targets HVAC Controls and COVID-19

No definitive recommendations exist for environmental controls when handling COVID-19 patients

2/23/2021


Protecting Workers Beyond COVID-19

Workplace violence is four times more likely to occur in healthcare settings than other private industries

2/23/2021


Ransomware Protection Extended to Private Hospitals

No-cost protection service is already available for public hospitals, health departments and healthcare organizations

2/23/2021


Should We Introduce Good Microbes into a Facility?

Instead of killing all the bacteria, facilities could add good microbes into surfaces or the air

2/23/2021


Rethinking Food Service in COVID-19 Era

University of California San Francisco Health relaunches delivery in main facility

2/23/2021


Healthcare Facilities Contend with Knockoff PPE

Agents intercepted hundreds of thousands of counterfeit 3M brand masks

2/22/2021


2020 Data Breaches Skyrocket 55.1 Percent

Hacking and IT incidents led to 67.3 percent of all healthcare breaches

2/22/2021


Strategies and Tactics to Improve Hand Hygiene

Monitoring by itself doesn’t change behavior of healthcare workers

2/22/2021


Hospitals Lead in Augmented Reality Use

Technology is likely used for virtual tours and smart maintenance

2/19/2021


Hospital, Clinic Shootings Put Spotlight on Security

Healthcare workers face constant challenge of assessing patients for threats

2/19/2021


COVID-19 Will Transform Food Service

Cost pressures probably will force dining programs to seek relief

2/19/2021


Americans Backsliding on Handwashing

As pandemic wears on, Americans are washing their hands less often and for less time

2/18/2021


How IoT Can Benefit Healthcare Facility Managers

Healthcare facilities are vulnerable to water damage, but sensors can alert FMs to trouble

2/18/2021


Cleaning Robots: The Impact on Environmental Services

Robots would not take environmental services jobs but might help workers disinfect hospital more quickly

2/18/2021


Hospital Shooting Continues String of Attacks

Two wounded, one arrested in shooting outside medical center

2/17/2021


COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Checklist for Facility Managers

Executing a high distribution of the vaccine is possible with a solid plan

2/17/2021


Ransomware Attacks: What Can IT Managers Do?

Central to preventing attacks is ensuring staff are informed and taking precautions

2/17/2021


Ice Machines Linked to Nosocomial Infections: Study

Dozens of machines frequently contaminated with gram-negative bacilli and Candida species

2/17/2021


Troubled Chicago Hospital Files for Bankruptcy

Moves comes after state regulators rejected proposal to close down hospital

2/17/2021


Antibiotic-Resistant Infections Strike Hospitals: CDC

Outbreaks linked might be linked to reuse of personal protective equipment by staff

2/16/2021


Healthcare Cyber Attacks Exploded During Pandemic

Three-quarters of all breaches tied to third parties

2/16/2021


Evidence Grows That Masks Essential in Battling COVID-19 Spread

Two studies take closer look at role of mask-wearing in preventing illness

2/16/2021


Healthcare Cyberattacks Rise 177 Percent

Attacks targeted life science and research labs, rehabilitation facilities, hospital systems, and healthcare organizations

2/12/2021


One Year Later, PPE Presents Challenges

CDC recently issued guidance that two masks might be better than one

2/12/2021


Healthcare Tech Not Prepared for Cyberattacks: Survey

Only 18 percent believe security built into their medical devices is strong

2/12/2021


Clinic Shooting Spotlights Violence Threat in Healthcare

Suspect kills one person and wounds four others in attack

2/12/2021


The Role of Emergency Management in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

In coming months, emergency management teams will be crucial in establishing and delivering distribution plans

2/11/2021


Strict Infection-Prevention Measures Stop Superbug Outbreak

Cleaning, disinfection, hand hygiene and other measures, contained outbreak within two months

2/11/2021


Healthcare Cyber Attack Targeted 36,000 Patients

Information included Social Security numbers, birth dates, bank and financial account numbers, medical record numbers and diagnosis details

2/11/2021


Researchers Test Wearable Device Targeting Handwashing

Technology must be further developed and tested to improve hand hygiene compliance

2/11/2021


Hackers Post Trove of Stolen Patient Info

Posts include patient names, addresses and birthdays, as well as medical diagnoses

2/10/2021


Assisted-Living Center Resident Suspect in Maintenance Worker’s Murder

Suspect had been told he was not allowed to have gun

2/10/2021


Flooring Focus: Keeping COVID-19 At Bay

Managers and general public have questions about long-term effects of treating soft and hard floor surfaces

2/10/2021


Healthcare Suffered 239.4 Million Cyber Attacks in 2020

FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and other federal agencies all have issued warnings about the surge in attacks

2/9/2021


Rethinking IT Security Amid Telehealth Expansion

New report notes an increase of more than 140 percent in mentions of telehealth-related keywords on dark web

2/9/2021


RFID Offers Potential Benefits to Hospitals

Technology enable automated monitoring of locations, movements and identities of assets

2/9/2021


Culinary Center Targets Hospitals and Resilience

Healthcare systems are seeking to prevent disease and health issues in communities by addressing social determinants of health

2/9/2021


Mechanical Explosion at Hospital Injures 2

Explosion of mechanical equipment in basement went up chimney shaft and damaged several floors

2/8/2021


Protest, Attack Prompts Hospital Lockdown

As crowd gathered, the hospital went into lockdown and requested additional sheriff's deputies

2/8/2021


NFL Scores with COVID-19 Measures

A closer look at key elements of program to minimize spread of coronavirus

2/8/2021


Association Renews Focus on Healthcare

IEHA changed its name and rebranded to bring EVS employees to the forefront

2/8/2021


Joint Commission Proposes Workplace Violence Standards

Standards call for hospitals to have a violence prevention program developed by a multidisciplinary team

2/5/2021


Refrigeration Breakdown Prompts Vaccine Scramble

Freezer storing 1,650 doses of the clinics’ COVID-19 vaccines stopped working

2/5/2021


Alerts Continue on Hospital Cyber Attacks

The latest ransomware strikes hit more hospitals than previously known

2/5/2021


Hospital Security Touted in Machete Attack

Security upgrades have included more exterior lighting and call boxes, access control on more than 130 doors, and nearly 300 cameras

2/5/2021


Clinics Ventilation Not Up to Standard: Study

Investigators looked at stand-alone clinics, ancillary clinics to hospital systems, clinics in retail pharmacies and urgent care centers

2/4/2021


Hospital Study Explores Benefits of Disinfectant Wipes

Cleaning time decreased by 12 minutes for discharges and 20 percent for daily cleaning

2/4/2021


Bill Targets Emergency Plans in Long-Term Care

Legislation would apply to assisted living facilities, adult family homes, enhanced services facilities and nursing homes

2/4/2021


Resource Targets HVAC Systems and COVID-19

Guide aims to help performance of flush calculations to reduce the time and energy to clear spaces of contaminants

2/4/2021


How To Minimize COVID Liability and Ensure Compliance

As the pandemic continues, OSHA will be instrumental in ensuring safe conditions for workers

2/3/2021


COVID-19 Ramps Up Hazards in Healthcare

UV disinfection and masks can create issues for staff, occupants and visitors

2/3/2021


EPA OKs Antiviral Air Treatment for COVID-19

Product can be used in indoor spaces where social distancing is difficult, including food preparation areas in healthcare facilities

2/3/2021


PPE Issues Continue One Year Later

Mississippi man allegedly attempted $1.8 million scheme to hoard PPE: DOJ

2/2/2021


Inside Efforts to Combat Cyber Attacks on Healthcare

Technology implementation, along with many personnel working from home, has led to more attacks

2/2/2021


Clinic Murders Spotlight Workplace Violence in Healthcare

Threat of workplace violence remains a top priority for facility managers

2/2/2021


Cyber Attacks Strike Two Healthcare Organizations

Attack in Washington drives county health department’s computer infrastructure offline

2/2/2021


Faulty Valve Label Cited in Deaths of Two Patients

Hospital says issue was oxygen valve mistakenly turned off during maintenance

2/2/2021


Hand Hygiene Key in Controlling COVID-19

When staff focus on imminent patient care needs, hand hygiene compliance can slip

2/1/2021


Incidents Highlight Risks Facing Hospital Workers

As front-line healthcare workers risk health and safety battling COVID-19, security workers and others face dangers

2/1/2021


As Remote Work Goes On, Protecting Data Becomes Crucial

Only two of every ten survey respondents said they have adequate resources to support employees working remotely

2/1/2021


Environmental Services Evolves in COVID-19 Era

Role of EVS technicians has been highlighted and recognized more than ever before

2/1/2021



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