Facility Operations

Preparation key to dealing with healthcare facility shootings

Those providing essential medical care to patients cannot run, hide or fight

8/17/2018


CMS says Joint Commission recommendations set standard for ligature risk

CMS surveyors will be referring to those recommendations when looking for environmental hazards

8/17/2018



Healthcare industry hit hardest by cybercrime

The healthcare industry itself is partly responsible

8/17/2018


Top three trends underlining healthcare gamification market landscape

Global valuation to exceed USD 40 billion by 2024

8/17/2018


N.Y. hospital shooting illustrates complexity of threat

Incident spotlighted the complex job of protecting healthcare facilities

8/16/2018


Feds reverse plan to reduce reporting on hospital infections, safety

The information will now be published on the federal Hospital Compare site

8/16/2018


Healthcare workers hike to raise awareness about workplace violence

Minnesota healthcare workers are planning a 100-mile hike on the Superior Hiking Trail

8/15/2018


Security reviewed after apparent murder-suicide at NY hospital

An investigation will be conducted into how the man entered with the handgun

8/15/2018


Oregon toolkit aims to curb healthcare workplace violence

The collaboration grew from a workgroup started in 2014

8/15/2018


Study looks at contamination of frequently touched hospital objects

Study shows bacterial contamination for elevator buttons, door handles and phones

8/15/2018


Healthcare food service veteran discusses amenity-centered care and retail food service

Food-service trends are being shaped by amenity-centered care like those offered in hotels

8/15/2018


10 taken to hospital after feeling sick at N.H. medical center

Employees reported feeling dizzy, lightheaded, and tightness in their chests

8/14/2018


Managing patient surges with social media

Use of social apps can help keep track of breaking incidents so appropriate treatment and security can be provided

8/14/2018


Rosebud reservation hospital under scrutiny again

Federal inspectors surveyed the hospital in late July

8/14/2018


How healthcare facilities survive natural disasters

Communication, planning and technology are key

8/14/2018


New Cape Cod healthcare facility being built to survive strongest hurricanes

Hospital adhering to Florida building code standards

8/13/2018


Superbug Candida auris spreads from UK to Australia

Outbreaks have occurred in more than 20 countries since the organism was discovered in 2009

8/13/2018


Interactive calculator quantifies cost savings from using mobile facilities dashboards

Winning budget approval for technology is still a challenge when senior management teams in healthcare are often juggling multiple, and sometimes competing, priorities

8/13/2018


Boosting energy efficiency with building envelope retrofit

Other benefits include improved appearance and uninterrupted workflow

8/13/2018


What to consider when planning for an industrial generator

Age, hours, and fuel type play significant roles in your decision-making process.

8/13/2018


Some bacteria are becoming more tolerant of hand sanitizers

It took a 70-percent alcohol mixture to eradicate some bacteria

8/10/2018


VA Medical Center in D.C. 'deteriorating,' memo says

The VA memo said agency leaders have the concerns about mishaps, employee dissatisfaction

8/10/2018


Calif. hospital reviews active-shooter procedures

Leaders looking at they responded to first 'code black' lockdown

8/10/2018


Water leak postpones surgeries at an Okla. hospital

The water had to be shut off at AllianceHealth Midwest City

8/9/2018


New device diffuses viscous disinfectants

Standard mechanical atomization doesn't work well with viscous fluids

8/9/2018


Visitor registration systems can boost health facility security

Security must contend with these threats while balancing the need to maintain an open and inviting environment

8/9/2018


Maryland organizations collaborate to reduce HAIs

Participating facilities achieved a 14.2 percent decrease in C. diff rates

8/8/2018


Parata Systems boosts customer satisfaction with proactive maintenance and analytics

After finding their existing IoT platform lacking, Parata needed to evaluate other solutions.

8/8/2018


Food service becoming main course at senior facilities

As Americans age, senior living continues to evolve into big business

8/8/2018


Congo to use Ebola vaccine to counter flare-up

Four people have tested positive for Ebola

8/7/2018


Virginia electronically links all of its emergency departments

The ability to view information on a patient's 10 previous ED visits saves on unneeded imaging tests

8/7/2018


Safety improvements ordered for hospitals after arson attack

Entire staff will receive face-to-face fire safety training

8/7/2018


Food service veteran expects continued heavy chef presence in hospitals

James McGrody, UNC Rex Healthcare, discusses industry and career

8/7/2018


UV systems part of disinfection arsenal for healthcare

Hand-washing and chemical protocols also key to fighting infection

8/7/2018


AHE announces 2018 Environmental Services Department of the Year Award winners

The award recognizes significant contributions made by an environmental services department to the overall patient experience and achieving a healthcare organization's mission

8/7/2018


Seismic deadlines looming for California hospitals

Kern River Valley facing bed shortage in event of disaster

8/6/2018


Patient satisfaction drives lighting investment decisions

Patient satisfaction and overall comfort can provide a cost benefit that outweighs any electronic dashboard savings

8/6/2018


Indiana microhospital has full food-service operation

Two employees staff the micro hospital’s food and nutrition department

8/6/2018


Hospital updates cleaning checklist

Update includes previously overlooked overlooked items

8/6/2018


Common sense approach urged for cybersecurity

Healthcare providers should scale their security programs and understand they're not going to fix everything at once

8/3/2018


Net zero energy is the future of facilities

Practices, considerations for an ultra-efficient building

8/3/2018


Legionella bacteria found in Bronx hospital's water

Bacteria was found during required testing

8/2/2018


Shoddy IT infrastructure invites hackers

Hackers are attracted to hospitals with rapid adoption of IT

8/2/2018


Cybersecurity responsibility shared by entire healthcare supply chain

Increased use of connected medical devices and software and wireless technology have made health systems more vulnerable

8/2/2018


Bill to improve VA waste disposal moves to Senate

The bill would require the VA to install on-site medical waste treatment systems in all facilities

8/2/2018


Security questioned at hospital after mishandling of gun

Police officer heard ordering staffer to pick up a dropped gun during a shooting incident

8/2/2018


Sustainability can be infection prevention issue for healthcare facilities

Chemical safety, energy use and waste reduction can affect patient safety

8/1/2018


Patient risks grow when facilities underestimate IT

Almost every critical system rides on the central IT backbone, including building automation, fire monitoring, emergency power, refrigerators, water management and air management

8/1/2018


The future of electrical power in healthcare facilities

The way power delivery will be accomplished in the future is likely via a wireless power delivery system since plugs are at a premium in hospitals

8/1/2018


Family of ducks rescued from hospital parking structure

The security team stopped traffic to make sure the visitors crossed the road safely after catching the birds in blankets

8/1/2018


Leapfrog updates methodology

The changes will take effect for the grades released in October

8/1/2018


Family billed $800 to use regular ER sink

The eyewash station was too unsanitary and dirty to use

7/31/2018


Hospital cafeterias are offering more choices for quick snacks

Healthcare facilities focusing on healthy options

7/31/2018


Designing a chilled-water system for the future

Planning for changes as the system ages is critical

7/31/2018


Window film installation in hospitals can save lives, conserve energy

Some security window films have the added benefit of conserving energy by controlling the amount of sun that enters the building

7/31/2018


EPA updates disinfectant-testing guidelines

New rules are for products used by hospital environmental services

7/31/2018


FGI adjusts terminology for ’patients of size’

Facility Guidelines Institute cites safety concerns for change in language

7/31/2018


Balancing safety, peace with ferromagnetic security screening

Workplace violence is prevalent in mental health

7/30/2018


Making the most out of healthcare IT in an ambulatory care setting

The ambulatory environment presents unique challenges for many internal healthcare IT organizations

7/30/2018


Getting paid to cut power use

Utilities will pay facilities to use less energy

7/30/2018


South Bronx hospital installs anti-microbial cooling towers technology to fight Legionnaires

Deadly bacteria can proliferates in water systems like cooling towers

7/30/2018


Security reviewed after clinic shooting

Man fatally shot in Cape Town healthcare facility

7/30/2018


Protecting cities from Legionnaires Disease

South Bronx hospital adopts new anti-microbial cooling tower technology to stave off Legionnaires Disease and other biological health threats.

7/27/2018


Fluorescent lamp recycling at medical centers

The complexities of medical center waste create issues for facility managers

7/27/2018


Tips for medical device cybersecurity

Device cybersecurity called the biggest challenge hospitals face today

7/27/2018


Ebola outbreak in DRC ends

WHO calls for international efforts to stop other outbreaks

7/26/2018


Legionnaires' outbreak at Minn. senior healthcare facility sickens two

Health officials seeking source of infection

7/26/2018


Technology's role in healthcare design, operations growing

A master plan that evolves with technology master plan is crucial

7/26/2018


Fixing IoT — How to stop poking giant holes in our defenses

Healthcare only industry in which internal actors are the biggest threat to an organization

7/26/2018


Report says healthcare's biggest security threats come from inside

Healthcare only industry in which internal actors are the biggest threat to an organization

7/26/2018


Clean, safe linens crucial for healthcare facilities

Healthcare facilities use accredited services to provide clean linen

7/25/2018


Portable cooling can be crucial in emergency situations

Providing cooling for a facility — whether in an emergency or for a special event — means managers must do their homework

7/25/2018


USP overhauls nonsterile compounding rules

What healthcare and pharmacy executives need to know — and do — before July 31, 2018

7/25/2018


Patients at more risk for C. diff at moderately full healthcare facilities

Study recommends reviewing protocols that might change based on occupancy

7/24/2018


Hospital lockdowns can leave patients isolated

Security precautions can affect uninvolved patients, visitors

7/24/2018


California hospital installs solar-storage microgrid system

Renewable energy microgrids can reduce hospitals’ energy bills by as much as 50 percent

7/24/2018


Hospitals using 'smart' technology to improve treatment, finances

Ohio's Wexner Medical Center using the latest technology to boost efficiency

7/24/2018


Woman who gave birth in Japan photographs hospital meals

Meals look more than restaurant-worthy

7/24/2018


N.D. hospital treats tornado victims days after opening

Watford City's new healthcare facility opened its doors nine days before EF 2 tornado hit

7/23/2018


27 Hawaii hospitals join for disaster drill

Hospitals from six islands simulate response to disaster

7/23/2018


Hurricane spurs ED re-do at Houston hospital

During the storm, the department got used to having smaller space

7/23/2018


Four ways to protect healthcare organizations and staff against workplace violence

Healthcare organizations need to create a culture that focuses on the healing environment

7/23/2018


Mass notification is only one part of emergency communications

System must be integrated with other technologies to form a holistic emergency communications plan

7/23/2018


Report finds Washington hospital put patients, staff at risk

Recent federal inspection supports claims that staff members were punished for speaking out

7/20/2018


Healthcare executives prioritizing sustainable cost control

Survey says cost and consumerism top list of concerns

7/20/2018


Rise in dementia leads to new food service options

Program addresses residents' potential malnutrition issues

7/20/2018


Queens hospital armed security guards first in NYC

Last year’s fatal shooting at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center accelerated program

7/19/2018


Hospital fire makes list of heartbreaking moments in Illinois history

Fire at old St. Anthony Hospital in Effingham was judged the 8th most heartbreaking moment

7/19/2018


Hospital ER nurses wearing security alarms

Assaults against emergency department staff at Middlemore Hospital have increased

7/19/2018


Tips for buying AI-based cybersecurity tools

AI can help mitigate cybersecurity risks by automating tasks and expertise

7/19/2018


Hospital buildings still operating despite safety warnings

South Auckland health officials were warned 18 years ago that buildings were earthquake-prone

7/18/2018


Healthcare innovations need cybersecurity support

The Department of Health and Human Services is exploring how to spur innovation and investment in the healthcare sector

7/18/2018


Tackling healthcare cybersecurity challenges

Many chief information security officers aren’t even close to having the tools they need to deal with cyberattacks

7/17/2018


Hospital patients require better food service and it's improving bottom lines

Factors such as a general uptick in health conscious consumers have put food service on the front burner

7/17/2018


Johns Hopkins evacuated due to possible TB exposure

A small amount of the tuberculosis bacteria may have been released while being transported

7/16/2018


Energy upgrades could save NHS 260m pounds annually

New research says the NHS trusts spend around £500 million a year on energy

7/16/2018


Blackout interrupts surgery at the women’s and children’s hospital

Non-urgent ambulance arrivals were diverted to two other facilities and 13 elective surgeries were postponed

7/16/2018


Boosting healthcare facilities' cybersecurity

Cybersecurity spending increased by nearly $74 billion in 2016

7/16/2018


Report finds healthcare lagging in cybersecurity protocols

The healthcare industry is one of the lowest performing industries in terms of endpoint security

7/16/2018


Environmental decontamination key to infection control

Surfaces that are clean and adequately disinfected are also a legal requirement

7/13/2018


New energy facility at London hospital expected to save 6,000 tons of carbon a year

The project is also guaranteed to save the hospital £1m per year in energy bills

7/13/2018


Designing healthcare facilities to curb violence

If nothing else, EDs should be designed in such a way that security staff can cordon off the entrance and access to the rest of the facility

7/13/2018


Gatesville hospital reopens after explosion

Texas Fire Marshals finish on-site forensic examination of the Coryell Memorial Hospital

7/12/2018


The key to healthcare emergency management: Facility managers

The emergency manager’s ability to leverage facility management knowledge and expertise determines success or failure in an emergency response.

7/12/2018


Prevention is better than cure when dealing with cyber threats

Cybersecurity designed for corporate environments don't address the requirements of the healthcare industry

7/11/2018


Damage-free sign labels for hospitals and research labs can support safety efforts

Customizable sign labels for interim life safety measures – can be removed cleanly from most surfaces, reducing repair and repainting

7/11/2018


Building envelope considerations for sustainable healthcare

Using smart glass can reduce glare, solar heat gain and nocturnal light trespass

7/11/2018


Fla. senior care facilities working to comply with new generator law

New state law requires nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators that can power air conditioning systems

7/10/2018


Addressing energy waste in the HVAC system

Smart building controls enable managers and technicians to uncover and address energy waste

7/10/2018


Eight cybersecurity tools your healthcare facility needs today

Many companies are simply not investing enough in IT security, despite the obvious threats

7/10/2018


Energy innovative supports sustainable healthcare design

The focus on energy efficiency has created shift in how healthcare buildings are designed, built and operated

7/10/2018


Ohio healthcare facility announces five-year sustainability plan

The plan has a range of social, environmental and economic goals divided into eight categories

7/9/2018


Bosnian hospital awarded grant for energy efficiency

The Zenica Cantonal Hospital is the second largest polluter in the city after the local steelworks

7/9/2018


Focusing on health and wellness in sustainable healthcare facilities

Nutritional foods and nurturing outdoor spaces are important features in sustainable healthcare design and operation

7/9/2018


Eliminating ligature risks in healthcare settings

Patient suicide ranks among the top three sentinel events, according to The Joint Commission

7/9/2018


Health system moves food service beyond tray line

Diet clerks virtually track nutritionals as the patients place their order, guiding them through their options

7/9/2018


Cancer center to pay $4.3m for three data breaches

Breaches blamed on stolen laptop, thumb drives

7/6/2018


Survey suggests security cameras do make campuses safer

The majority of hospital, K-12 and higher ed campuses have security cameras

7/6/2018


Safety alert after NHS patients choke on hash browns and peas

Patients allegedly given foods like hash browns and peas when they should have been on a special diet

7/6/2018


Assisted living facility installs water-, cost-saving toilets

San Francisco-based facility was experiencing complaints from both tenants and maintenance staff alike regarding clogged toilets throughout the facility

7/6/2018


Eight cybersecurity tools your healthcare facility needs today

Many companies are simply not investing enough in IT security, despite the obvious threats

7/6/2018


Trump rule could stop public reporting of hospital infections

Under the new rule, the CMS Hospital Compare website won't show the infections or safety measures

7/5/2018


Hospital explosion linked to bled gas lines

Gas lines in the boiler room may have been bled

7/5/2018


Fighting environmental infection in long-term care facilities

Thorough facility-wide cleaning and disinfection is often the first line of defense

7/5/2018


Philadelphia hospital creates police drop-off lane for gunshot victims

Philadelphia is one of the few cities where police take stabbing and shooting victims to hospitals

7/3/2018


Check out this special supplement to Healthcare Facilities Today

Supplement includes stories on energy efficiency, lighting and infection control

7/3/2018


C. diff. cases fall 36 percent in Canada's hospitals

Improvements in infection-control measures, such as frequent hand-washing and more frequent, intense cleaning of hospital facilities in the last decade may have contributed

7/2/2018


Hand-washing monitor can help reduce hospital infections

Healthcare workers wear a badge that shows different lights that can let them know if their hands are properly sanitized

7/2/2018


Officers cleared in California hospital shooting

Officers fired six rounds at a man who shot through a glass door with a rifle and entered the hospital

7/2/2018


Is liquid soap safer than a bar?

The answer is no, according to a Q&A on The New York Times website

7/2/2018


Tips for hiring healthcare cybersecurity pros

Cybersecurity requires people from all backgrounds and majors

7/2/2018


Inspection reveals unsanitary conditions at Memphis VA

Soiled furniture and dirty air ducts where food is prepared were found

6/29/2018


Healthcare cyberthreat reports increasing

In the first six months of 2018, there were 154 breaches reported to the Office for Civil Rights

6/29/2018


New Lifestyle Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga adds engaging installations

How do you get a firetruck on to the 3rd floor of a hospital? Not through the elevator.

6/29/2018


Private firm hired to organize hospitals' patient move

New Sydney hospital 'more like a hotel'

6/29/2018


Water tank reports at many NYC hospitals show serious issues

Rust, muck and pigeons cited at facilities

6/28/2018


Fewer hospitals report zero infections

More than 30 percent of hospitals reported no MRSA infections in 2016, compared with about 15 percent in 2017

6/28/2018


Most healthcare facility infection control practitioners doubt their laundry systems

Seventy-two percent say would not wipe their drinking glass with a freshly laundered hospital mopping pad or wipe

6/28/2018


Inmate climbs through Alabama hospital ceiling to escape

Inmate was taken to the hospital after he claimed to have swallowed a razor blade

6/27/2018


Threatening incident at birthing center renews security concerns

Though a nurse felt threatened by a visitor, no one activated an emergency alert that triggers a hospital-wide response

6/27/2018



Check out this special supplement to Healthcare Facilities Today

Supplement includes stories on energy efficiency, bathrooms and security

6/27/2018


Missouri hospitals built to withstand tornadoes

Healthcare system says it has toughened safety requirements for construction

6/26/2018


Study finds better IT security doesn’t deter cyberattacks

Institutional factors found to play the biggest role

6/26/2018


Chattanooga healthcare facilities ready for Ebola possibility

Staying abreast of what's happening in the world to know what could potentially come into the hospital is key

6/25/2018


Healthcare facility renovation addresses patient experience

The hospital had begun sorting waste at a third site

6/25/2018


Slashing energy consumption

Infographic illustrates nine ways healthcare facilities can be more energy efficient

6/25/2018


Combating workplace violence

RWJBarnabas Health is taking a stand against workplace violence at its hospitals and clinics

6/25/2018


Healthcare data breach: What to know about them and what to do after one

Three steps you can take to protect yourself and minimize the damage

6/25/2018


Hospital says CMS star rating system has been wrong for two years

Rush University Medical Center found that instead of evenly weighting the eight measures in the safety of care group, the ratings formula relied heavily on one measure

6/22/2018


Managing medical records: A guide for facilities and providers

Document management technologies can adjoin these competing philosophies and practices for the better, especially as it pertains to managing medical records

6/22/2018


Wisconsin healthcare provider opening cafeteria for free summer meals for kids

Gundersen Health System in LaCrosse is serving noon meals to kids who play in area parks

6/22/2018


Leapfrog opposes CMS roll back of quality reporting measures

Leapfrog says removing the measures from IQR will hurt patient transparency

6/22/2018


Arizona woman claims she found bed bugs in daughter's hospital room

The daughter is being treated at Banner Desert Hospital in Mesa

6/22/2018


Canadian province scraps plan to privatize hospital food services

Instead, task force to recommend how to make food services more efficient

6/21/2018


FCC rate review holding up subsidies to rural healthcare facilities internet bills

The rate review came after the $400 million dollars for rural health care programs across the country ran out

6/21/2018


NFPA offers a risk assessment checklist for active shooter situations

Guidance includes tips on information officials should be gathering during building risk assessments

6/21/2018


Avoiding the hidden costs of environmental services staff injuries

Environmental services work-related injuries usually involve either exposure to harmful contaminants or musculoskeletal disorders

6/21/2018


Terminal cleaning checklist systems only as good as the list

When executing the terminal cleaning of hospital rooms, a checklist is a standard tool to guide the cleaning staff

6/21/2018


How to play a role in greening your facility

Designed to eliminate improper management, USP <800> provides standards for the safe handling of hazardous drugs to minimize the risk of exposure to healthcare personnel, patients and the environment.

6/21/2018


Investigation finds bone, blood, bugs on Colorado hospital surgical tools

Denver’s Porter Adventist Hospital investigated after alleged sterilization breach

6/20/2018


Solid-state refrigeration: A better, construction-free path to USP <800> compliance

Designed to eliminate improper management, USP <800> provides standards for the safe handling of hazardous drugs to minimize the risk of exposure to healthcare personnel, patients and the environment.

6/20/2018


ASHE survey looks at monthly elevator testing

Input on additional regulatory requirements also sought

6/20/2018


Understanding the role of Chief Security Officer

The Chief Security Officer (CSO) is the executive responsible for the organization's entire security plan

6/19/2018


Healthcare facility environmental services managers share top concerns

Role of the environmental services department in patient care often underestimated

6/19/2018


Pediatric flu death toll highest in nearly a decade

Flu killed 172 children between October and May

6/18/2018


Students design talking exam room

University of Miami's School of Architecture students design tech-embedded wall

6/18/2018



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