CMS says Joint Commission recommendations set standard for ligature risk

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


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

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


Safety improvements ordered for hospitals after arson attack

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


Seismic deadlines looming for California hospitals

Kern River Valley facing bed shortage in event of disaster


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


FGI adjusts terminology for ’patients of size’

Facility Guidelines Institute cites safety concerns for change in language


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


27 Hawaii hospitals join for disaster drill

Hospitals from six islands simulate response to disaster


Mass notification is only one part of emergency communications

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


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


Hospital buildings still operating despite safety warnings

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


Gatesville hospital reopens after explosion

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


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.


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


Eliminating ligature risks in healthcare settings

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


Hospital explosion linked to bled gas lines

Gas lines in the boiler room may have been bled


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


Leapfrog opposes CMS roll back of quality reporting measures

Leapfrog says removing the measures from IQR will hurt patient transparency


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.


ASHE survey looks at monthly elevator testing

Input on additional regulatory requirements also sought



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