Facility Operations - August 2021

2021 Cybersecurity Breaches Most Since 2018

Number of healthcare breaches in first half of 2021 up significantly from first half of 2020 and higher than any six-month period since 2018


10 Steps To Prevent Spread of C. auris in Hospitals

Drug-resistant superbug spreads easily throughout the facilities


Idaho Calls on Volunteers To Help Keep Hospitals Open

Positions at all levels and in all parts of state need to be filled as soon as possible


How Healthcare Systems Can Prepare for Storm Season

Peak tropical storm season is coming, which means potential downtimes for healthcare facilities


How Healthcare Systems Can Prepare for Storm Season

Peak tropical storm season is coming, which means potential downtimes for healthcare facilities


Oregon Sends National Guard into Hospitals

Troops will perform non-medical work, such as being uniformed presence in anxiety-filled waiting rooms


Patients Were Largest Source of Hospital-Acquired COVID-19: Study

Study provides previously unprecedented detail on the way infections might spread in hospitals


Study Seeks Strategies To Reduce Spread of MDROs

Variety of interventions tested to reduce multidrug-resistant organisms in hospitals, long-term acute-care hospitals, and nursing homes


Access Control Program Creates Secure Spaces to Work, Visit and Recoup

UVA Medical Center sees hundreds of patients daily, making security constant concern. This facility relies on policy, security officers and technology to keep security high.


Ransomware Remains Threat to Healthcare

Healthcare systems are susceptible to ransomware attacks, largely due to technology that gives access to patient data


Most Hospitals Lack Adequate Cybersecurity: Report

Report measured organization’s security strength against National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Cybersecurity Framework


Joint Commission Revises Workplace Violence Standards

Updated version will be effective Jan. 1, 2022, and include an updated definition of workplace violence


U.S. To Mandate Vaccinations for Nursing Home Employees

Move would impact about 15,000 nursing homes, which employ more than 1.3 million people


6 Tips for Disaster Preparedness

Managers should regularly review safety protocols in the event of an emergency


Hawaii Health System Out of ICU Beds

Beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients, as well as those who have suffered heart attacks, strokes and other traumas


Field Hospitals Reopening as COVID-19 Surge Hits

University of Mississippi Medical Center will open second field hospital in parking garage


11 Percent of COVID-19 Infections Were Hospital Acquired

Figure reached close to 16 percent by May 2020


Pennsylvania Mandates Nursing Home Staff Vaccinations

State’s department of health expects all nursing homes to have at least 80 percent of staff vaccinated by Oct. 1


Patient Attack Prompts Injuries, Strike at Hospital

Incident at Cascade Behavioral Health hospitalized one worker, injured others and threatened safety of additional patients


How To Benefit From Reliability-Centered Maintenance

RCM yields several advantages, from decreasing maintenance expenses to minimizing downtime and increasing staff satisfaction


Texas Hospitals Out of ICU Beds as COVID-19 Surges

One-half of state's 22 trauma service areas report 10 or fewer open beds as 9,400 COVID-19 patients fill ICUs


Hospital Violence Continues To Escalate

Incidents reflect growing wave of attacks against front-line and support staff


California Mandates Vaccinations for Healthcare Workers

State is requiring its 2.2 million healthcare workers to be fully vaccinated starting Sept. 30


COVID Protocols for Facilities Managers in the Long Term

Delta variant’s rise proves healthcare facilities must make a pandemic safety response plan


New Superbug Sweeping Through Healthcare Facilities

C. auris is drug resistant and sticks to surfaces


5 Ways To Improve Patient Safety

Every healthcare facility’s goal is to keep patients safe while giving them an optimal experience


3,000 Hospitals Vulnerable Due to Pneumatic Tube Flaws

80 percent of hospitals in North America use system


How Lighting Benefits Patients and Providers

Lighting can improve sleep, ease pain, improve adjustments of night shift workers, and elevate mood among staff and patients


Hospital Forms Own Police Department

Officers receive certified training suited to a hospital environment, such as assisting patients and families


Amid Worsening Pandemic, Hospital Attacks Continue

Even as delta variant drives up new hospitalizations, workers face ongoing threat of workplace violence


223 Hospital Staffers Test Positive for Coronavirus

153 of its 183 infected staff members at one hospital had been fully vaccinated


VA Pauses $16 Billion Cerner Software

Department removes Cerner’s electronic health record software for at least six months due to rollout issues


Rhode Island Healthcare Workers Get More Protection

Workers now have procedures to file complaints in the event of an assault or other illegal behavior


Parking Problems Continue at Military Hospital

Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii has had complaints about inadequate parking availability for years


Untreatable Superbug Outbreak Strikes Hospitals, Nursing Homes

Researchers identified several cases in which Candida auris was completely impervious to all existing medication


5 Ways AI Benefits the Healthcare Industry

Technology makes life easier for providers and patients while optimizing healthcare procedures and resources



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