Safety - February 2023

Healthcare Facilities Wrestle with a New Era for Security

Managers need to rethink products and strategies in more effectively protecting staff, patients and visitors.


OSHA Cites Gainesville Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospital

An investigation found employees were exposed to serious injuries caused by encounters with patients.


Brockton Hospital to Remain Close for Three Months

A massive fire has forced the hospital to remain close for the next three months. 


Low Budgets Compromise Patient Care at Florida Hospital

Doctors allege that ceiling leaks and roaches are happening at the hospital.


Duke University Health System Hospitals to be Equipped with Weapons Detection Systems

The installation of these security systems comes in the wake of a rise in violence at healthcare facilities.


Healthcare Facilities Implement New Policies to Protect Employees from Acts of Violence

Healthcare facilities are beginning to address the rise of violence against employees with new protection policies.


Changes to Environment of Care Guidelines Affect Facilities

The Joint Commission in October 2022 issued revisions to the Environment of Care and Life Safety chapters of the comprehensive accreditation manuals. The revisions took effect Jan. 1, 2023.


Strong Winds Cause Construction Collapse

The emergency room remains open.


Former Nursing Home Administrator on Trial for 2017 Manslaughter Case

An air conditioning outage after Hurricane Irma caused the death of 12 patients.


Fire Breaks Out at Brockton Hospital

Over 100 patients had to be evacuated from the hospital after a fire broke out.


Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Diverts Patients in Wake of Cyber Incident

A security issue impacted the hospital's IT systems.


Assisted Living Worker Charged in Resident's Death

Resident died after ingesting all-purpose cleaning solution.


Erickson Senior Living Facilities Upgrades Security Systems with Genetec

The security system upgrade updates aged technology.


UCLA Health Alerts Patients of Compromised Data

An analytics tool may have captured and transmitted health data to the third-party service providers.


Healthcare Workers Struggle with Emergency Codes

Workers only matched code words to corresponding emergencies 44 percent of the time.


More Healthcare Workers Willing to Quit Over Workplace Violence

Workplace violence is on the rise and less employees are willing to deal with it.



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