Safety - November 2015

N.Y. hospital goes old school killing germs

Infection-control czar of the Mount Sinai Health System in New York relies on grandmother's favorite - bleach


ES departments best practice ideas

Organizational opportunities for facility leaders


Achieving net-zero energy relies om a combination of factors

The effort requires a combination of active and passive systems and community partnerships, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Hospitals urged to review disaster plans after Paris attacks

French mass-casualty response can be a guide


Dealing with the major messes

Sometimes a large spill could have been thoroughly removed if in-house staff had not attempted to clean it up


Standardizing operating room layout can boost efficiency

The standardization of OR equipment, supplies and technology, can also improve productivity.


Healthcare facility communication systems key to maintaining safety

Mass communication systems can help streamline operations during emergencies


Tips for effective healthcare facility cleaning

Best practices keep infection prevention a top priority


Best practices for infant security

Solutions offered to help a healthcare facility thwart infant abductions


Q&A on sealing penetrations in smoke barriers

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about sealing penetrations in smoke barriers


Launching a cybersecurity war room

Larger health systems are setting up around-the-clock security operations centers


FDA orders recall of 2,800 scope-washing machines

About 2,800 automated endoscope reprocessors made by Custom Ultrasonics are used by hospitals and outpatient clinics in the U.S.


CDC, ASHE partner on infection control

Three-year initiative to focus on infection control efforts in U.S. hospitals


Creating a healthcare facility campus security master plan

Creating this types of plan will better prepare a facility to provide needed information, control and awareness


Understanding floor care needs

Effective floor care plays a role in maintaining high standards of hygiene


Flooring can improve energy efficiency

The choice of floor surface can influence overall energy consumption and cost in healthcare facilities


Improving hospital security with integrated two-way radios

White paper encourages adopting digital radios and combining narrowband networks with Wi-Fi and cellular networks


Energy efficiency improves health

Lowering the amount of energy we waste reduces our need to burn coal and other fossil fuels


Study says infection control that includes UV disinfection eliminates SSIs

Hospital's two-pronged approach included quality improvement and no-touch environment disinfection


ISSA 2015 Innovation Program winners announced

Program features 39 products and services from cleaning manufacturers and service providers


Managing diverse healthcare facility locations with standardized practices

A properly integrated workplace management system (IWMS) can significantly benefit the bottom line


New fire safety rules reviewed for long-term living facilities

Two new rules that would update fire safety and emergency preparedness standards for healthcare facilities


Navigating the path to cleaner energy for healthcare facilities

There are countless decisions to be made with each sustainability project


Hospitals moving toward sustainability

According to the 2015 Health Facilities Management (HFM) Sustainable Operations Survey, some facilities are making take great strides and others are taking baby steps


Tips on handling potentially hazardous medical waste

Sometimes seemingly minute details can fall through the cracks


Q&A on trash collection rooms

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about trash collection rooms


N.J. healthcare facility finds new energy solutions

Hackensack University Medical Center expects annual savings of more than $1 million


Green energy system to save U.K. hospital more than 500k annually

Scarborough Hospital has invested in a 776k combined heat and power engine


Collaboration key to fighting HAIs

Infection prevention and environmental services partnership improves results


High-speed hand dryers called better hygienic option

Significant cost and environmental savings also cited


Optimizing the OR space

Small improvements in efficiency can offer substantial time and cost savings


Paper towels called best hand-drying option

Microbes can remain on the hands after washing, healthcare professionals must remove them in the most effective way possible


Contaminated floors can spread potentially harmful germs and bacteria

Effective cleaning is the best way to keep floors hygienic


San Francisco facility recognized for safety drills

Presidio Surgery Center honored for 'incredibly realistic' drills


Preparing for power outages at long-term living facilities

Even a brief power outage can potentially impact multiple systems, according to an article on the Long-term Living website


Environmental services has role in construction

ES can help to isolate work areas from the rest of the hospital


New mobile medical unit to serve California youth

Teen Health Van will be operated in partnership with Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford


Designing a virtual care center

Chesterfield, Mo.- based Mercy opened the first virtual care center in the United States


Infection Control Today publishes environmental hygiene survey results

Survey reports on hospital leaders' and infection preventionists' concerns about barriers to environmental hygiene


Improving the patient experience with technology

Adopting technology can boost a patient’s overall comfort level


Saskatchewan hospital renews calls for improved safety after robbery scare

Employee confronted by two would-be robbers as he walked to work


Virtual doctor makes house calls

New technology sends hologram doctor to remote locations


Preventing HAIs and readmissions fines

Environmental services can help curb hospital acquired infections


Q&A on under-sink storage

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about under-sink storage


Bedbug treatment options growing

Bedbug populations have spread beyond the bedroom into office buildings, day care centers


Cincinnati hospital adopts some Ritz-Carlton business practices

The goal is to enhance staff engagement with patients and their families


A wellness approach to hospital security

Embracing a reactive law enforcement approach in a hospital setting leads officers to miss opportunity to intervene before a situation escalates


Are facilities prepared for the next Ebola?

Emory University Hospital physician says that critical funding for proper care and control of the spread of highly communicable diseases is being cut, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website



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