Facility Operations - April 2021

Campaign Seeks to Bolster Cyber Attack Defenses

FBI, CISA have issued several warnings about malicious actors exploiting software vulnerabilities

4/30/2021


Cyber Attack Disrupts Cancer Treatments

About 42 U.S. healthcare sites saw service disrupted as result of breach

4/30/2021


4 Tips for Better Healthcare Security

In 2020, hospitals saw PPE and COVID-19 vaccines walk out the back door. A security assessment and a comprehensive security system can prevent a recurrence.

4/29/2021


City’s Hospitals Improve Parking Lot Lighting, Worker Safety

Investigation revealed hospitals nationwide fail to protect employees and visitors from violence

4/29/2021


City’s Hospitals Improve Parking Lot Lighting, Worker Safety

Investigation revealed hospitals nationwide fail to protect employees and visitors from violence

4/29/2021


South’s Winter Blizzards Yield Lessons for Improvement

One hospital’s preparation paid off, as no backup generators failed during storm

4/29/2021


Study Questions Rigid Use of Social Distancing

Variables among facilities suggest social distances might be pliable

4/28/2021


COVID-19 Presents Healthcare IT with Challenges

Pandemic reshaping healthcare IT in ways that affect leadership, employees and patients

4/28/2021


Hospital Data Breach Affects 135,000

Former employee saved private data to personal folders and uploaded files to a public website

4/28/2021


CyberSecurity Incident Response: Developing a Plan

Departments having trouble keeping pace with advances cybercriminals are making

4/27/2021


Is Dry Hydrogen Peroxide Effective in Hospitals?

New study looks at bacteria levels after cleaning with DHP

4/27/2021


Facilities Receive Healthgrades Recognition

Online resource connects patients to information about physicians and hospitals

4/26/2021


Building a Wall Against Cyber Attacks

Organizations should first address low-hanging fruit to protect this information

4/26/2021


Hospital Security and Design: An Updated Resource

Publication emphasizes combating violence in healthcare using the built environment

4/23/2021


Tornado Preparations: Looking for Weak Spots

Plans should include contingencies for risks outside facility due to construction or outdoor work

4/23/2021


In-House Mishap Exposes Data of 4,000 Patients

Protected health information had been accidentally uploaded and exposed

4/23/2021


Robotics and Cleaning: What Lies Ahead?

Robots could gradually replace human personnel in dangerous hot zone of infectious hospital

4/23/2021


Tornado Season: Developing an All-Hazards Plan

Scientists predict 2021 could rival 2011 super outbreak

4/22/2021


Has Facial Recognition Come To Healthcare Facilities?

One Los Angeles hospital is among previously unreported users

4/22/2021


Case Study: SaaS Brings Savings, Resilience to Hospital

Application helps Ontario facility meet building savings and sustainability goals

4/22/2021


Case Study: SaaS Brings Savings, Resilience to Hospital

Application helps Ontario facility meet building savings and sustainability goals

4/22/2021


Hospital Says ‘Not So Fast’ to This Fast Food

Campaign persuades hospital to close Burger King

4/22/2021


Taking on Tornado Season: Is Your Healthcare Facility Prepared?

Scientists predict 2021 could rival 2011 super outbreak

4/21/2021


Is UV Germicidal Light Effective in Operating Rooms?

New study shows whether environmental services teams can use UV to disinfect between surgeries

4/21/2021


Food Service Supply Chain Issues Prompt Changes

Management team decided to create secondary menus to ensure they had backup plan

4/21/2021


UVC Light: A New Tool for EVS Teams?

Study finds devices used after standard cleaning procedures in hospitals can dramatically reduce pathogens

4/20/2021


Patient Attacks 6 in Hospital Parking Structure

Discharged patient arrested after allegedly assaulting five women and male security guard

4/20/2021


Lessons for Long-Term Care from COVID-19 Preparations

Survey of pre-pandemic plans offer lessons managers can use to prepare for next pandemic

4/20/2021


COVID-19 Surge Strains Michigan Hospitals

Among biggest drivers of infections are outbreaks among youth athletes associated with K-12 schools

4/19/2021


Far-UVC: Battling COVID-19 With a New Light

Specific UVC wavelength can reduce risk of spread in enclosed environments, particularly those with poor ventilation

4/19/2021


U.S. Senators Seek Financial Help for Senior Living Facilities

Funds could target personal protective equipment, staffing, and infection prevention and control

4/19/2021


Hospital Eyes Lighting Upgrades To Boost Energy Efficiency

System was spending $2 million annually on lighting for hospital, but also acute care facilities, clinics, medical office building and parking structure

4/16/2021


Feds Act To Get More N95 Masks To Healthcare Workers

Hospitals saying limits on which workers should get N95s must stay in place

4/16/2021


Surgery During a Pandemic: Why Sterilization Is Important

Sterile processing department designers should consider how to organize storage space, reduce touchpoints and minimize inspection time

4/16/2021


Suspect Killed in Hospital Shooting

Police had escorted medics to emergency department, where suspect was to be checked for medical issue

4/15/2021


Robots Enlisted To Enhance Cleaning To Prevent Infections

Two robots will be developed that make it possible to disinfect potentially contaminated surfaces in buildings

4/15/2021


Food Program Reaches Beyond Hospital To Community

Objective is to provide nutritious food and education to help diabetic patients make healthy decisions

4/15/2021


FDA Asks Hospitals To Stop PPE Crisis Measures

FDA and CDC believe there are now adequate domestic supplies of masks

4/15/2021


1 in 3 State Nursing Homes Violated Coronavirus Protocols

Common violations include asking COVID-positive staff to keep working, not screening visitors for symptoms and not isolating infected residents

4/14/2021


Hospital’s COVID-19 Outbreak Total 31 Cases

Cases were traced to inpatient unit for surgical and cancer patients

4/14/2021


Food Service Options for Outside Dining Demands

Patients and families concerned with health are venturing outside more thanks to vaccine rollouts

4/14/2021


WHO Guidance Targets Healthcare Resilience

Document and checklists intended to help managers in terms of existing vulnerabilities and possible impacts

4/13/2021


University's Hospitals Ramp Up Security

Moves come in response to increasing reports of violence nationwide in healthcare settings

4/13/2021


Sustainability, Waste Management and COVID-19

Materials protecting people from illness could cause long-term harm to public health and planet

4/13/2021


What’s the Password? Too Often, Answer Is Easy

Despite recommendations to use strong, unique passwords, people continue using weak codes

4/13/2021


Microgrids Help Ensure System’s Sustainability

Two issues spurred growth of microgrids: broader higher-acuity care and increased threat of natural disasters

4/12/2021


Email Attack Affects 221,000 Patients and Physicians

Sensitive information in accounts includes Social Security numbers, birthdates, and addresses

4/12/2021


Hospitals Renew Efforts To Cut Waste

Clinics and hospitals are among nation's top consumers of single-use plastics

4/9/2021


City’s Hospitals Improve Parking Lot Lighting, Worker Safety

Investigation revealed hospitals nationwide fail to protect employees and visitors from violence

4/9/2021


Health Insurer’s Data Breach Affects 1.2 Million

Breached information might include birthdates, insurance numbers and addresses

4/9/2021


Managing Ventilation To Prevent Airborne Illnesses

Management plan can help managers maintain compliance with applicable accreditation, licensure and regulatory standards

4/8/2021


Hospital Data Breach Affects 3,000 People

Employee with access to hospital data servers improperly viewed private health information

4/8/2021


COVID-19 Spreads Via Airborne Droplets, Not Surfaces: CDC

Risk of contracting illness from contaminated surface is less than 1 in 10,000

4/8/2021


Food Programs Adapt to COVID-19 Era

Instead of delivering meals to COVID-19 patients themselves, kitchen coordinates with nursing staff

4/8/2021


Infrastructure Plan Would Give VA $18 Billion

Funds would target backlog of high-efficiency projects to help increase health security of veterans

4/7/2021


Window Problems Plague New Children’s Hospital

Officials want to spend $10-15 million to replace two floors of troubled windows

4/7/2021


ASHRAE Clarifies Buildings’ Role in COVID-19

Statement offers updated, unequivocal statement on airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in buildings

4/7/2021


Hospitals Seek Share of $2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill

Funds would aid physical plants, IT systems and emergency preparedness

4/7/2021


Patient Dies Falling from Fifth-Floor Window

Chair slammed against window multiple times shattered glass, worker says

4/6/2021


Floors Eyed Over Role in Infection Control

Traditional high-touch surfaces among most closely inspected facility components

4/6/2021


Hospital Ventilation in the COVID-19 Era

ASHRAE Standard 170 survived pandemic and is ready for next edition

4/6/2021


Vaccines Highly Effective for Healthcare Workers: Study

Infection risk after one dose reduced by 80 percent about two or more weeks after shot

4/5/2021


Parking Lot Attack Prompts Hospital To Upgrade Security

Security guard will replace parking attendant and two additional cameras will be installed

4/5/2021


Suspect Arrested for Bringing Guns, Bombs to Hospital

Situation closed several roads and hospital's emergency wing for several hours

4/5/2021


Health Systems Leaving Valuable Data Exposed: Report

Nearly 20 percent of files are open to every employee in organizations

4/5/2021


No-Touch Parking Access Targets COVID-19

Technology allows patients, visitors and staff access without reaching outside cars or touching equipment

4/5/2021


Case Study: Using Germicidal UV-C to Mitigate COVID-19

Chicago’s Loyola University Medical Center installed UV-C lamps in HVAC systems

4/1/2021


Look Out for These UPS Failures

When utility power fails in hospitals, FMs can’t afford for the uninterruptible power supply system to fail, too

4/1/2021


Key Tactics To Defend Against Cyber Attacks

Smaller medical facilities might be at greater risk because they did not have a decade to formalize cybersecurity

4/1/2021



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