Facility Operations

Escalating workplace violence hits hospitals hard

Many healthcare facilities are increasing security measures to deal with the issue

11/18/2019


Legionella found in Va. VA healthcare facility

McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center found bacteria in cooling system

11/15/2019


Disinfectants struggling to kill C. diff bacteria

Clostridioides difficile is challenging hospital-grade disinfectants

11/15/2019


Workplace violence training program focuses on healthcare settings

Program focuses on de-escalation and addressing four stages of crises

11/15/2019


K9 units becoming more common in healthcare facilities

Combating violence is just one role for the trained dogs

11/14/2019


Brooklyn Hospital Center permanently loses some patient data after ransomeware attack

It's been six months since a veteran and double amputee opened fire inside the West Palm Beach VA Center

11/14/2019


Employees concerned about flooding inside Washington state hospital

One employee described human feces falling from the ceiling

11/14/2019


Environmental services' role goes beyond cleanliness

EVS professionals can impact patient satisfaction

11/14/2019


VA Medical Center increases security, but won't add metal detectors, after shooting

The changes were implemented within six months of an incident where a veteran and double amputee opened fire inside the West Palm Beach VA Center

11/14/2019


Hospital links babies' deaths to bacteria in equipment

Geisinger says equipment was used in measuring donor breast milk

11/13/2019


Listeria outbreak at healthcare facility linked 'ineffective fridges'

A cancer patient died after eating a pre-packed sandwich while he was being treated at Royal Derby Hospital

11/13/2019


Regulations, Codes & Standards Q&A: Sterile processing room

Brad Keyes discusses regulations for sterile processing room

11/13/2019


Stanford Hospital will have a fleet of supply-delivering robots

Twenty-three of the robots will deliver linens, packages and medical supplies

11/13/2019


Strategies for sustainable grounds

Key sustainability considerations can enable managers to improve the performance and appearance of landscapes

11/13/2019


Drug-resistant bacteria 'growing problem' in Western Washington healthcare facilities

Four cases of a specific type of carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii were recently found at a nursing rehabilitation facility

11/12/2019


Readiness matters with new CMS emergency preparedness requirements

The intent is still to establish criteria for healthcare providers and suppliers to better prepare for and respond to natural and man-made disasters.

11/12/2019


Lighting controls upgrade guidelines

Focusing on control strategies, space needs and planning principles can help managers create successful installations

11/12/2019


Tech can help healthcare facilities guard against disaster

Keeping health IT systems up and running is critical

11/12/2019


California hospital resumes services for elective procedures after wildfire

The hospital reopened Nov. 5 for full inpatient and emergency care services after having been evacuated for nine days

11/11/2019


Survey: Healthcare facilities not keeping up with hackers

96 percent of IT professionals say data attackers are outpacing healthcare facilities in effectiveness

11/11/2019


Tips for medical device cybersecurity

Device cybersecurity called the biggest challenge hospitals face today

11/11/2019


Some suicide-prevention measures may not increase hospital safety

These measures can cost millions of dollars to implement

11/8/2019


Where patients recover may affect whether they return to the hospital because of infections

Patients returning home from the hospital were 38 percent more likely to return to the hospital with a linked infection

11/8/2019


CDC reports decrease in HAIs

Compared to 2015, all states but one performed better on at least two infection types

11/8/2019


Medical evacuees called the new refugees of climate change

Wildfire evacuation everyday reality in Northern California

11/8/2019


Steps for effective emergency preparedness

Make sure your risk assessment and scenario planning are up to date and accurate

11/8/2019


Research finds epidemic and pandemic preparedness lacking

Study suggests national governments should commit to take action to address health security risks

11/7/2019


Facility fee adding to cost of doctor visits

The purpose of the facility fee is to compensate hospitals and some medical practices for the expense of maintaining the facility

11/7/2019


Steps for updating the access control system

Build your team, evaluate possible integration with current systems and select the right product for your building

11/7/2019


State inspects hospital odor after employee complaint

Seventeen employees sought medical attention

11/7/2019


Balancing security and access in healthcare facilities

Certain challenges are unique to healthcare facilities

11/7/2019



Cybersecurity not just a technology problem

Continual education and reinforcement of staff is key

11/6/2019


Omnichannel communication: The frontier healthcare meeds to target

For digital channels of communications to thrive and boost member experience, payers must work on developing omnichannel capabilities

11/6/2019


The future of violence response and emergency preparedness in healthcare

Several healthcare organizations have published information to assist security directors

11/6/2019


Wildfires, power outages impact on healthcare in California called unprecedented

PG&E set up utility-scale generators at one of its utility substations in the Grass Valley area, creating a 'continuity zone' that is supplying electricity to 3,800 customers

11/5/2019


Study: Too many seniors are back in hospital for infections treated during initial stay

The most common type of pre-existing infection in the patients was C. difficile

11/5/2019


Keeping medical devices, services and data safe from cyberattacks

The cost of inaction, starting with something as obvious as email security, can be steep for healthcare organizations

11/5/2019


Uber to integrate with an EHR system for U.S. providers

A patient’s information, including name, phone number and pick-up address, will auto-populate in Uber ride requests

11/5/2019


Keeping UPS and generators prepared for emergencies

Testing, maintenance and monitoring help standby systems support operations in a crisis

11/5/2019


Creating a healthcare facility emergency plan

Emergency departments must develop disaster preparedness plans that go beyond natural disasters and utility failures, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

11/5/2019


Sensors help healthcare facilities keep track of hand hygiene

The system compiles data on whether an employee cleans their hands within 60 seconds of entering a room

11/4/2019


Study: Contact precautions in VA facilities don't curb MRSA

New study evaluated admissions from 74 longterm-care facilities

11/4/2019


Nurses want more security at Maine hospital after assaults

The nurses allege there has been no security presence at the hospital to assist nurses

11/4/2019


Going green can save healthcare facilities millions

Analysis estimated that hospitals in the United States create just under 34 pounds of waste per staffed bed per day

11/4/2019


The importance of a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS)

Because of this, healthcare facility infrastructures, maintenance machines and computer systems work overtime to accommodate all members within the organization

11/4/2019


Three trending security technologies

Drones, robots and advanced access control changing facilities management

11/4/2019


Cleaning plant shutdown could lead to surgical tool shortage

Several sterilization facilities that use ethylene oxide were shut down.

11/1/2019


CDC: Flu activity low, but growing

Louisiana and Puerto Rico experienced high flu-like illness activity for the week ending Oct. 19

11/1/2019


D.C.'s St. Elizabeths Hospital gets clean water after 28 days

On September 26, a routine water test showed pseudomonas and legionella bacteria in the water supply

10/31/2019


Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville reports case of Legionnaires' disease

Mayo is conducting water testing and efforts are underway to reduce the potential for exposure

10/31/2019


California’s blackouts reveal healthcare’s fragile power system

How do you provide care without electricity?

10/31/2019


Chicago nursing home security catches 'ghost' on security camera

Guard posts footage on Facebook, where it has racked up more than 2.5 million views

10/31/2019


First Leapfrog ratings of outpatient facilities finds issues

Less than 1 percent of ASCs and 6 percent of HOPDs have implemented an electronic compliance monitoring system for hand hygiene

10/30/2019


Research: Washing hands best way to stop E. coli

New research confirms that failing to wash hands is behind much of the spread of the superbug

10/30/2019


Net-metering officials financial benefits for solar

The best way to make solar financially feasible is with new utility net-metering programs

10/30/2019


Interior design choices can support infection prevention

Style must be balanced with ease of cleaning

10/30/2019


Va. hospital using UV lights in NICU to prevent infections

Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital is using a UV light box to disinfect germ-infested items

10/29/2019


Department of Defense explores AI-enabled infection control

The technology examines vital signs and other biomarkers to predict the likelihood of infection

10/29/2019


Cool walls can help whole-building energy efficiency

When building wall systems also have high reflectivity and emissivity, the result is a much more efficient building overall

10/29/2019


Music's power to improve waiting room experience studied

Naval pilots concept uses music and nature to soothe

10/29/2019


S.C. children's hospital designed to withstand hurricane, earthquake at same time

The new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital may be the safest building on the East Coast

10/28/2019


Sweden Ebola scare shows preparedness is vital

Incident a reminder to healthcare facilities to conduct an internal audit to evaluate training and process mapping

10/28/2019


How Kansas City hospitals prepare to help the injured after a mass shooting

The Mid-American Regional Council has worked on mass casualty incident plans since the 1970s

10/28/2019


California blackouts shine light on healthcare system's vulnerability

Healthcare today is built on the assumption of steady power

10/25/2019


D.C. hospital goes 4 weeks without running water after failed bacteria treatment

The psychiatric hospital shut off its water Sept. 26

10/25/2019


Choosing security systems for assisted living facilities

Understanding the preferences of a technology’s end-users is key to a successful security systems

10/25/2019


Pa. healthcare facility adds calming live music to common areas

New arts department created a variety of art and music therapies at the hospital

10/25/2019


Dry indoor air linked to higher infection rates

When air is dry, droplets and skin flakes carrying viruses and bacteria travel through the air

10/24/2019


Transmission bacteria linked to hospital sink drain

Two patients with NDM-1 Klebsiella pneumoniae had stayed in the same room

10/24/2019


Healthcare urged to address climate change issues

Climate change is not an imperceptible environmental process, but a bona fide public health crisis in the making

10/24/2019


Standards and certifications can support sustainable ice melt choices

Third-party certifications for the EPA and Green Seal can help FMs narrow choices down to products that meet specific sustainability criteria

10/24/2019


Legionella found at Las Vegas psychiatric hospital

Water was turned off after bacteria was detected

10/23/2019


Hospitals are taking a more proactive approach to managing critical events

Healthcare facilities are working toward high resilience, safeguarding the continuity of services and ensuring the best patient outcomes

10/23/2019


Mich. healthcare facility still has Legionella in water

The water-use restrictions remain in place and another round of testing is planned

10/23/2019


Before flu season is a good time to review infection control procedures

When it comes to treating contagious and easily transmissible diseases healthcare providers are the first line of defense

10/22/2019


Patient burned in fire at Mich. ER

Fire investigators are looking into the incident and have listed it as suspicious

10/22/2019


New Jersey hospital addresses workplace violence with weapons screening

Virtua Camden emergency department also uses an amnesty box and signage

10/22/2019


Some VA healthcare centers told to improve cleanliness

Inspectors looked at 51 randomly selected VA health facilities across the country

10/22/2019


10 reasons why stainless steel products are the best choice for healthcare design teams and facility managers

Stainless steel products provide many functional and health benefits.

10/22/2019


Delivery drones may be becoming more common for hospitals

Federal regulators may be growing more comfortable with moving medical and commercial drone delivery

10/21/2019


Oregon hospital planning for resiliency

The hospital has considered a variety of methods for resilient alternative power

10/21/2019


Five-step roadmap to get healthcare disruption just right

Disruption in healthcare is something that we need, and to win at it, organizations need to move quickly to initiate changes and embrace new developments

10/21/2019


Swedish hospital reports patient showing signs of Ebola

The hospital has launched an investigation and isolated patient

10/18/2019


Exploring biggest maintenance challenges healthcare facilities

The focus of the maintenance team should be on creating an environment that continuously supports the best delivery of each of these priorities

10/18/2019


New Hawaiian hospital to have almost 500 security cameras

A new building for the state’s only psychiatric hospital is currently under construction

10/18/2019


California hospitals powered by generators during power outages

A total of 248 hospitals were located in areas where power was turned off

10/18/2019


California wildfires force four Kaiser Permanente hospitals to operate on generators

An outbreak of wildfires in the state prompted Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) to shut down power in some areas

10/17/2019


California wildfires can threaten community health

Wildfires increase the risk of respiratory distress, chronic disease and other ailments.

10/17/2019


Nursing home fire spurs evacuation

Three dozen patients moved to an alternative location

10/17/2019


Cool roofs can promote energy savings

By reflecting heat, and emitting absorbed heat, they keep building cooling costs lower

10/17/2019


The benefits of patient entertainment systems

Modern patient entertainment systems are a great way of putting patients first

10/17/2019


Flies a problem again in N.H. VA operating rooms

The Manchester (N.H.) VA Medical Center says three operating rooms have been closed out of an abundance of caution

10/16/2019


Thousands of building problems found at unusable Edinburgh hospital

The Sick Kids facility in Edinburgh will not be fully operational until next fall after last-minute safety concerns

10/16/2019


Selecting a high-performance HVAC system

Selecting HVAC means meeting the needs of a facility efficiently and effectively now and into the future

10/16/2019


DC hospital goes three week without running water

Contractors flushed the hospital's water system with chlorine

10/15/2019


Virginia VA hospital lost track of $1.8 million of equipment, supplies

They were in an unmarked second-floor storage room and a warehouse basement

10/15/2019


Water efficiency can boost facility resilience

As building owners and facility managers plan and prioritize capital improvements, resilience during extreme weather, power interruptions, and other events has become a priority

10/15/2019


C. auris outbreak spreads in nine Calif. healthcare facilities

A single introduction at a healthcare facility in southern California led to more than 180 colonized patients

10/15/2019


EPA developing a new strategy for testing hospital disinfectants

The APEP will replace the Antimicrobial Testing Program

10/15/2019


Patient at Michigan hospital diagnosed with Legionnaires'

Beaumont Hospital is providing bottled water and continues water testing

10/14/2019


Developing a comprehensive utility-failure plan

The partnership between a facilities/engineering staff and the emergency management staff is critical

10/14/2019


Fire protection program essentials include education

Precautions, education and protection can help keep facilities safe

10/14/2019


3 Alabama hospitals freeze admissions after ransomware attack

The hospitals are working with federal authorities and its IT staff, vendors and consultants to restore its system

10/11/2019


Healthcare facilities cybersecurity risks complex

Nonprofit hospitals face greater risks from cyberattacks than any other sector

10/11/2019


Michigan State University finds Legionella in diagnostic lab

Levels of Legionella bacteria were detected in a cooling tower at the university’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

10/11/2019


3 infants dead after bacterial infection at Pa. hospital

The hospital said all of the babies had been born prematurely

10/10/2019


Pseudomonas and legionella bacteria found in D.C. hospital water

Hospital expected to be without potable water for at least a week

10/10/2019


Man shoots stepdaughter, self in Illinois hospital parking lot

Elmhurst Hospital was placed on lockdown as a precaution

10/10/2019


San Francisco hospital cuts food waste with on-demand service

Hospitals waste two to three times more than other food service sectors

10/10/2019


Nursing home kitchens alleged in 'horrible' condition

An investigation found food safety problems

10/9/2019


Developing career opportunities for EVS can improve department

Environmental services is the first line of defense against infection

10/9/2019


Is solar power a good Investment for your building?

Solar is making more sense on both owned and leased buildings

10/9/2019


Many healthcare facilities are developing command centers

Examining and tracking tens of millions of data points, pieces of equipment and people is a great challenge, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

10/8/2019


VA Medical Center increases security, but won't add metal detectors, after shooting

It's been six months since a veteran and double amputee opened fire inside the West Palm Beach VA Center

10/8/2019


Singapore healthcare facilities work to protect patients from haze

Some ventilation systems are fitted with HEPA filters

10/8/2019


Avoiding winter equipment problems

Maintenance, inspection and training are key

10/8/2019


Dogs a new tool against C. diff.

Dogs are being used to sniff out the bug

10/7/2019


California hospital resumes elective surgeries after mold issues

Mold was discovered in a room used to sterilize surgical equipment

10/7/2019


After active shooter, hospital develops emergency communication network

The hospital is implementing a communications platform that connects staff throughout the facility

10/7/2019


Uberization of healthcare: Data activation to bring the future of healthcare today

Uber shook the industry up with its core value of promoting consumer-centricity

10/7/2019


Managing hospital visitors with video intercoms and visitor management systems

Current security-industry best practices call for a combination of video intercoms and visitor management systems

10/4/2019


Norovirus outbreak highlights infection control challenges

Researchers stress importance of strict infection control measures

10/4/2019


Los Angeles hospital halts surgeries because of mold

Hospital will be unable to perform surgery and many other medical procedures for an estimated two weeks

10/3/2019


California's ingredient transparency law may lead to safer cleaners

New law takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020

10/3/2019


Infographic: Controlling HAIs

CDC's recent report on HAIs emphasizes the need to “develop a new normal” when the rate HAIs is limited and unusual

10/3/2019


Study: Hand-washing better at killing flu than sanitizer

Hand-washing is better even without soap

10/3/2019


Facilities department has a role in lean management

Implementing continuous improvement, standardization can benefit maintenance and engineering

10/3/2019


Parking a crucial part of patient experience

Healthcare administrators can be challenged when it comes to providing their customers and employees with adequate, efficient parking, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

10/3/2019


Proposed Wisconsin bill would increase penalties for assaults on nurses

The current penalty for assaulting a nurse is a fine of up to $10,000, up to nine months in jail, or both.

10/2/2019


More engaged healthcare foodservice workers don't lead to more satisfied patients

Research finds employee engagement doesn’t have a significant impact on patient satisfaction or turnover

10/2/2019


Infection control issues seen at ambulatory surgery centers

After an OIG report, 77 percent of ambulatory surgery centers had at least one violation, and 25 percent of them had serious deficiencies

10/2/2019


Stem cells destroyed after freezer fails at Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Fifty-six patients, some with cancer, lost stem cells

10/1/2019


IoT leverages existing systems to effect operating efficiencies

Actionable data drives value across organizations

10/1/2019


VA regional director on leave after dying Georgia veteran found covered in ant bites

VA announced a series of changes at the assisted-living facility

9/30/2019


Survey: Campuses embracing access control, lockdown solutions

Nine in 10 respondents say they have adopted new or improved lockdown/shelter-in-place policies and procedures

9/30/2019


Vermont hospital uses trailer as temporary laundry solution

Copley Hospital searching for a new healthcare linen vendor

9/30/2019


Cost of data breaches most in healthcare industry

Data breaches in healthcare sector almost double that of the global average

9/30/2019


Plastic piping can offer savings, flexibility

A range options for new construction and renovation offer flexibility, cost efficiency and easy installation

9/30/2019


Montreal hospital to spend $4.5 million on security upgrades

A range options for new construction and renovation offer flexibility, cost efficiency and easy installation

9/30/2019


WHO raises concerns over possible unreported Ebola cases in Tanzania

Tanzania has not shared ebola tests so they can be validated at an outside laboratory

9/27/2019


Bahamas clinic loses staff, power and water — stays open

A massive generator was eventually delivered by the Dutch navy

9/27/2019


Report: Children's hospital's cabling could trigger fire

The issue comes after claims that the hospital had serious drainage and ventilation problems

9/27/2019


Kaiser Permanente earns EPA green energy award

The award recognizes a renewable energy agreement that will enable the system to become carbon neutral in 2020

9/27/2019


Tips for medical device cybersecurity

Device cybersecurity called the biggest challenge hospitals face today

9/27/2019


N.Y. hospital restricts access due to bedbugs

Glens Falls Hospital restricts Cancer Center's outpatient area

9/26/2019


Plumbing strategies to reduce HAIs

Bacteria lurking in the plumbing pipes and fixtures can contribute to HAIs

9/26/2019


Environmental service department leaders urged to embrace change

Change and innovation are at the forefront in healthcare

9/26/2019


Should facility laundries 'own' infection prevention textiles?

Infection prevention microfiber textile products should no longer be purchased and owned by environmental services, article says

9/25/2019


Outsourcing: Going from 'housekeeping' to 'environmental services'

Professional environmental services make a science of cleaning

9/25/2019


Some Ga. hospitals replace color-based emergency codes with plain language

The use of plain language emergency alerts is recommended by federal agencies

9/25/2019


What should be included in a networked lighting controls system?

The anatomy of an advanced lighting controls system can seem tricky

9/25/2019


What should be included in a networked lighting controls system?

The anatomy of an advanced lighting controls system can seem tricky

9/25/2019


Hospitals urged to cooperate to beat hackers

Security frameworks and threat intelligence sharing already exist

9/25/2019


Candida auris cases approaching 800

There have been 769 confirmed and 30 probable cases

9/24/2019


Wyoming hospital cuts services because of hacker attack

Campbell County Memorial Hospital, a 90-bed hospital was still operating

9/24/2019


Technology helps makes Stanford Hospital safer, more efficient

New facilities features lots of high-tech, but some older systems still remain

9/24/2019


Laundry operations need to balance caregiving, cleanliness, costs

Choosing equipment depends on a variety of factors

9/24/2019


U of Chicago moved patients before nursing strike

Pediatric patients in the ICU were moved to other hospitals

9/23/2019


Candida auris found at Brooklyn nursing home

There have been 881 confirmed cases in N.Y. with nearly 200 deaths

9/23/2019


Climate control efforts can support healthy environment during healthcare construction

Mold, microbes and other airborne particles can be introduced into the environment

9/23/2019


The ups and downs of elevator services: A primer on contract negotiations

With the right contract negotiation strategies—and thorough knowledge of the elevator industry—hospitals can maintain high-quality elevator service and save money

9/23/2019


Some hospital cleaning methods can

Spores grow on gowns, other surfaces

9/23/2019


4 more Legionnaires' cases at Illinois senior facility

There are now 12 confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease have been reported at Batavia facility

9/20/2019


Ant infestation at Georgia veterans facility is being investigated

Lawmakers want to know why Veterans Affairs officials did not react more quickly

9/20/2019


80,000+ Kaiser workers may strike in October

Housekeepers are among the jobs affected by the picket lines

9/20/2019


Innovation, automation and a 21st Century end-user experience: Aligning expectations with reality

It is incumbent upon IT partners to narrow the gap that exists between reality and expectations

9/20/2019


Focusing on bond prevention is one sustainable snow strategy

Implementing best practices when using deicers can help keep surfaces clear

9/20/2019


Deadly fungus must spur big changes in infection control

Expert says the best way to prepare for Candida auris is to really examine the culture around infection control in the nursing home

9/20/2019


Nursing homes feeding Candida Auris

Cleaning up America's nursing homes should be a priority

9/19/2019


Hospital employee killed after Ohio man crashes truck into ER

The medical center was closed due to structural damage

9/19/2019


Healthcare delivered in a damaged hospital, field hospitals and pop-up clinics in the Bahamas

It was estimated that 90% of equipment and supplies – and all the hospital beds – in Rand Memorial Hospital on Grand Bahama Island were damaged

9/19/2019


California hospital disaster planning conference dealing with new normal

What were once rare or infrequent events have now become regular occurrences in California

9/19/2019


Cybersecurity still possible on a tight budget

A good information security plan can be affordable

9/19/2019


No injuries after tornado hits South Dakota hospital

Dozens of buildings were damaged or destroyed, trees torn up and power lines downed

9/18/2019


N.J. hospital administrator charged with bringing gun onto grounds without permission

The incident occurred during an 18-month reform plan instituted after an outside consultant found widespread problems at New Jersey's psychiatric hospitals

9/18/2019



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