Keeping Patients Safe From Harm: Enacting and Sustaining a Ligature Risk Assessment

Many facility-related products in hospital rooms can pose a risk to patients


New UL Resources Target Fire Safety

Software tracks and manages certification, testing schedules, professional competencies and other activities across single buildings or whole portfolios


Blower Fans Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

Fire-related property damage has totalled $75,000


Hurricane, Wildfires Making Resilience a Top Priority for Facilities

Recent report suggests catastrophic climate change is imminent unless huge greenhouse gas reductions succeed


Pandemic Tensions Fueling Rise in Healthcare Workplace Violence

Workers and health care officials say incidents of violence against staff have been rising in number and intensity


Pandemic, Hurricane Test Resilience of Gulf Coast Hospitals

Hospitals in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama implement response plans for twin emergencies


Joint Commission Revises Workplace Violence Standards

Updated version will be effective Jan. 1, 2022, and include an updated definition of workplace violence


6 Tips for Disaster Preparedness

Managers should regularly review safety protocols in the event of an emergency


Patient Attack Prompts Injuries, Strike at Hospital

Incident at Cascade Behavioral Health hospitalized one worker, injured others and threatened safety of additional patients


5 Ways To Improve Patient Safety

Every healthcare facility’s goal is to keep patients safe while giving them an optimal experience


Senior Living Centers Fined $5.5 Million Over COVID-19 Practices

More than 184,000 nursing home residents have died of COVID-19 as of June 2021


Staffing Shortage: Virginia Temporarily Closes Several Mental Hospitals

Five of eight of the state's mental healthcare facilities are closing admissions due to short staffing.


5 Fire Prevention Tips for Hospitals

Recent incidents highlight need for fire safety and prevention practices


Hospital Contract Addresses PPE, Workplace Violence

Pact calls for hospital behavioral response team with added security for workplace violence prevention


One Dead in Fire in Hospital

Officials investigating whether defibrillator being used ignited something in room


Hospitals, States Struggle To Prepare for the Next Crisis

New Jersey officials hope new budget will help hospitals improve emergency preparedness


Fire Safety and Cybersecurity: What’s the Connection?

Attacks can create false alarms, loss of communication or denial of service, and a malfunctioning system could compromise patient safety


OSHA Cites Medical Facilities Owner Over COVID-19

Owner accused of failing to protect workers from exposure to virus and implement proper safety measures


Stabbing of Physician Leads to Lawsuit

Doctor’s lawyers say no one on staff alerted hospital security or seemed to know how to respond to incident


Rethinking Emergency Preparedness in Assisted Living

Research findings underscore importance of understanding ‘unique challenges’ communities face


Hospitals, Hurricanes and the Need for Resilience

Group encourages facilities to prepare for hurricane season


Joint Commission IDs Top Safety Issues for Facilities

Infections and utility systems among top challenges in 2020


Hospital Evacuation Drill Targets Wildfires

Training prepares staff to respond to emergencies as part of safety and crisis planning and preparation


Healthcare CEOs Vow Better Protection for Workers

Group aims to ensure workers have systems, tools, technologies and resources to feel safe


Oxygen-Related Fires Target of Safety Alert

Managers must learn from fatal incidents to keep patients and staff safe


How Safe Are U.S. Hospitals?

Grades focus on ability to protect patients from preventable errors, accidents, injuries and infections


Looking for Trouble: How To Plan for the Next Crisis

Preparing healthcare facilities for natural and manmade threats


City’s Hospitals Improve Parking Lot Lighting, Worker Safety

Investigation revealed hospitals nationwide fail to protect employees and visitors from violence


1 in 3 State Nursing Homes Violated Coronavirus Protocols

Common violations include asking COVID-positive staff to keep working, not screening visitors for symptoms and not isolating infected residents


City’s Hospitals Improve Parking Lot Lighting, Worker Safety

Investigation revealed hospitals nationwide fail to protect employees and visitors from violence



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