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.


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


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


One Dead, Firefighter Missing in Assisted Living Blaze

Flames were so destructive they collapsed second floor of facility


Facility Changes Can Create New Risks

Temporary physical changes can include installing temporary barriers, creating temporary screening locations and repurposing spaces


Group IDs Top Patient Safety Concerns

Eight of 10 concerns tied to or made worse by pandemic


Storms Reveal Gaps in Protecting Senior Living Facilities

About 50 percent of Texas nursing homes lost power or had burst pipes or water issues


Active Shooters: Strategies and Tactics for Safety

Managers must incorporate all satellite offices and related facilities in risk assessments


How Can Hospitals Improve Crisis Management and Recovery?

Emergency medicine physicians identify opportunities to improve crisis planning


Assessing Risk When Updating Facilities for COVID-19

Changes often create situations that do not strictly comply with NFPA 101, Life Safety Code


Hospital’s Respirator Use Draws OSHA Penalty

Citation relates to federal guidelines for respirator use with workers treating COVID-19 patients


Rethinking Safety and Security in the Pandemic Era

Emergency and business continuity plans, particularly pandemic plans, will get refreshed


Hospitals Across South Review Crisis Performance

Facilities faced three key challenges: accessing water for HVAC systems, sourcing oxygen and getting supplies



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