October 2020 Posts About Healthcare Facilities Management



Water Vapor In Hospitals Is A Good (Necessary) Thing


Humidity in buildings has acquired a bad reputation

10/30/2020 12:15:00 AM

Healthcare Facilities Stocking Up On Personal Protective Equipment


Midwest hospitals looking for supplies as numbers surge

10/30/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Facility Design

COVID-19 Can Impact Restroom Upgrades


Pandemic has increased focus on improved hygiene and improved accessibility

10/30/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Facility Design

Trends Shaping The Future of Healthcare Real Estate


Divesting in healthcare real estate is also key to reducing unnecessary costs to a health system

10/30/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Renovation

How To Keep A Facility Running During Expansion And / Or Renovation


By mixing creative choreography with ground rules, goals and expectations, owners and construction firms can make jobs easier

10/30/2020 12:00:00 AM

Chicago Nursing Home Security Caught 'Ghost' On Security Camera


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

10/30/2020 12:00:00 AM

The 'Kevin Bacon' Factor May Help COVID Spread In Nursing Homes


A lot of nursing home workers are working at more than one facility

10/29/2020 12:15:00 AM

Completely Wireless Hospital Bed Launched


The new bed has intuitive patient positioning and bed alarms

10/29/2020 12:00:00 AM

Protecting Practices And Patient Data During COVID-19


Renovating to create segregated areas and reconfigure existing spaces will be key

10/29/2020 12:00:00 AM

Former Employee Suing Ohio Hospital After Nearly Freezing To Death In Parking Lot


The suit claims the hospital was negligent for not having adequate security cameras in the parking lot and that a security guard who promised to help did not

10/29/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Facility Design

Healthcare Renovations Need Flexible Design Solutions


Renovating to create segregated areas and reconfigure existing spaces will be key

10/29/2020 12:00:00 AM

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Location-based Intelligence (LBI) Uses Real-Time Information To Fulfill The Promise Of Quality Care


LBI provides visualization to mobile medical equipment that staff have never had in the past

10/29/2020 12:00:00 AM

Twin Hurricanes Of Flu And COVID-19 Approach


Experts deliver pattern analysis and action guide to help

10/28/2020 12:15:00 AM

Hospices Work To Keep Families Connected With COVID Patients


Hospices have had to get creative about how they help infectious patients safely maintain contact with their families

10/28/2020 12:00:00 AM

Controlling Infection When Using Mobile Devices


COVID-19 has put renewed focus on the potential for cross-contamination

10/28/2020 12:00:00 AM

Numbers Tell the Story for Facility Department Diversity


At Froedtert Health, measurable goals drive and document progress

10/28/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Fire-Life Safety / Column

Regulations, Codes & Standards Q&A: PT Activity In Stairwells


Brad Keyes discusses regulations on PT activity in stairwells

10/28/2020 12:00:00 AM

Can Nursing Homes Social Distance If The Power Goes Off During A Hurricane?


Many longterm care facilities have temporary generators, which may require moving residents into a single large space

10/28/2020 12:00:00 AM

COVID Provides Ideal Conditions For Candida Auris


A patient with both COVID and C. auris should only be placed in the same room as another patient with COVID-19 and C. auris

10/27/2020 12:15:00 AM

LEED Safety First Credits Embraced Quickly


Cleaning, indoor air quality and ventilation rates, and water system recommissioning are also strategies covered in the LEED Safety First credits

10/27/2020 12:00:00 AM

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How Facilities Can Prepare for Flu Season Amidst COVID-19


Helping COVID-19 and flu patients and your healthcare staff safely navigate within your facility can make a huge difference in stopping the spread

10/27/2020 12:00:00 AM

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USP <800> and Other Hazardous Pharmaceuticals Standards and Regulations: Update 2020


Implementing measures to protect residents and staff from unintentional exposure to HDs is an integral part of safety and public health

10/27/2020 12:00:00 AM

IoT Reshapes Healthcare By Cutting Costs, Increasing Efficiency


Healthcare is a prime candidate for IoT solutions

10/27/2020 12:00:00 AM

Infographic: How To Clean Different Mats


Choosing the proper products can makes cleaning more efficient

10/27/2020 12:00:00 AM

Kaiser Cited For Not Treating COVID-19 As Airborne


Kaiser says it will appeal the citation against its psychiatric facility in Santa Clara, Calif.

10/26/2020 12:15:00 AM

Covid-19 Is Turning South African Hospitals Into ‘Obsessive Infection Control Bubbles’


Where necessary, hospitals triage so arrivals are diverted into categories that separate positive patients from Persons Under Investigation, who are in turn separated from Covid-19 negative patients

10/26/2020 12:00:00 AM

Healthcare Cybersecurity Consistently A Concern


With technology and the movement of information on virtual and cloud systems, there are vulnerabilities

10/26/2020 12:00:00 AM

Solar Array Covers 90 Percent Of Healthcare Facility’s Energy Needs


The installation will generate an estimated 541,645 kWh of clean energy annually

10/26/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Facility Design

Healthcare Facility Design Can Impact Infection Control


Environmental services should participate in the design process

10/26/2020 12:00:00 AM

Bill Would Allow Hospitals To Repair Their Own Medical Equipment


Because of the pandemic, many manufacturers are restricting travel for their repair technicians

10/23/2020 12:15:00 AM

Cool Roofing Can Help Environment As Well As Budgets


Cool roofing helps save individual building owners money on cooling costs. But it also reduces urban heat islands and enhances community resilience.

10/23/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Facility Design

Massachusetts Sets New Nursing Home Room Limits


Residential rooms that hold more than two people will be phased out

10/23/2020 12:00:00 AM

Mass ER Nurse Raising Awareness Of Violence


‘We’re just human punching bags’ according to the nurse after attack

10/23/2020 12:00:00 AM

Ohio Hospital Installs Metal Detectors at ER Entrance


Wheeling Hospital has boosted safety measures

10/23/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Interior Design

Building Smarter Healthcare Through Better Interior Design


Many of the finishes chosen for a new, expanded or renovated healthcare facility are more than just passive elements

10/23/2020 12:00:00 AM

Calif. Hospital Staff Protests After Deputy Shoots Patient


The patient was shot by a deputy who was inside the hospital as part of a security detail for a different patient

10/22/2020 12:15:00 AM

Key Questions When Renting Generators


Create detailed specifications regarding requirements, usage and site conditions.

10/22/2020 12:00:00 AM

Robotic Cleaning Can Boost Efficiency


Robotic floor care can free up valuable time to focus on high-touch cleaning and disinfecting

10/22/2020 12:00:00 AM

Why Supplier Financial Stability Matters to Healthcare Facility Managers


The Covid-19 pandemic brings sharp focus on healthcare supply chains

10/22/2020 12:00:00 AM

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Health And Environmental Risks Of Improper Waste Management


One of the biggest dilemmas faced by the EPA is the tightrope between sanitary waste disposal and environmentally harmful emissions

10/22/2020 12:00:00 AM

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Acoustics: The Hidden Risk For Mission Critical Data Centers


Focusing on assessment, specification and implementation allows managers can streamline installation and enhance access control

10/22/2020 12:00:00 AM

Wastewater Testing May Provide Indication Of Coronavirus


Some U.S. cities have employed ‘sewage surveillance’

10/21/2020 12:15:00 AM

Focus: Fire-Life Safety / Column

Regulations, Codes & Standards Q&A: Red Bag Waste Containers


Brad Keyes discusses regulations on red bag waste containers

10/21/2020 12:00:00 AM

Smart Lighting Design, Lighting Controls Can Optimize Daylighting


From window film to lighting controls, here are some strategies for overcoming daylighting challenges

10/21/2020 12:00:00 AM

Study To Explore Whether Wearable Technology Can Boost Infection Control


Wearable devices can register when wearers come into contact with each other

10/21/2020 12:00:00 AM

Pandemic Sparks Access Control Changes


2020 Campus Safety Survey found COVID affected policies, technology

10/21/2020 12:00:00 AM

Reasons To Focus On Healthcare Interior Design


There are job opportunities, as more healthcare administrators are looking to hire healthcare interior design experts, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

10/21/2020 12:00:00 AM

Two Minnesota Nursing Homes Call National Guard To Help Contain COVID Outbreaks


Staff-shortage issues amplified by pandemic

10/20/2020 12:15:00 AM

Joint Commission Offers Tips For ASCs On An Effective Covid Response


A strong response starts at the top

10/20/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Interiors

Maintain Hospital Floors With An Integrated Care Program


Four steps can improve results

10/20/2020 12:00:00 AM

Extra Effort In HVAC Optimization Can Be Cost Effective


Optimization project may require some time and expertise to properly tune a system — not necessarily requiring a huge investment

10/20/2020 12:00:00 AM

Half of Philadelphia’s Nursing Home Patients May Have Had COVID-19


Philadelphia's health department believes previously infected nursing home patients can resist a second wave of infection

10/20/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Interiors

Best Practices For Maintaining Flooring During COVID-19


Flooring can often make or break the efficacy of even the most rigorous sanitation efforts

10/20/2020 12:00:00 AM

Natural Disasters Add Challenges For Healthcare Facilities During Pandemic


Hurricanes, etc., can further complicate facility managers’ efforts to help contain COVID-19

10/19/2020 12:15:00 AM

Florida Senate Hires Tampa Hospital For COVID-19 Safety Consulting


The Senate will pay the hospital $200 an hour for providing services

10/19/2020 12:00:00 AM

Utah Ready To Open Temporary COVID-19 Hospital


State health officials still hope they won’t need it

10/19/2020 12:00:00 AM

Preparing for Winter Weather


The approach of winter is the signal to update plans for snow and ice removal in order to keep paved surfaces clear and pedestrians safe.

10/19/2020 12:00:00 AM

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Hurricane Preparedness Procedures for Healthcare Facilities


Mitigating the risk of a hurricane’s impact requires planning, organization, guidance and teamwork

10/19/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Interior Design

The Right Flooring Choices Can Impact Staff Efficiency and Patient Outcomes


Flooring can contribute to the reduction of noise and impact the patient experience

10/19/2020 12:00:00 AM

Nursing Home Outbreaks May Be Stressing Wisconsin Hospital Capacity


It's increasingly difficult to control COVID in nursing homes during surge

10/16/2020 12:15:00 AM

More than 100 N.J. Nursing Homes Have Had Coronavirus Outbreaks Since Summer


At least 102 longterm care facilities saw new outbreaks this summer or fall after being declared COVID-19 free

10/16/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Interior Design

Creating 'Outdoor' Workspaces


Even without traditional outdoor space, improvements to bring nature to the lobby and other community spaces to give a 'walk in the park' feel

10/16/2020 12:00:00 AM

Keeping Hospitals Supplied In A Centralized Operation


Ensuring critical supplies are where they need to be is an important function

10/16/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Patient Experience

Theme Parks Can Teach Healthcare Systems About Patient Experience


Museums, zoos and other amusements succeed when designing positive consumer experiences

10/16/2020 12:00:00 AM

Wisconsin Opens State Fair Park Facility for COVID Patients


Madison’s Alliant Energy Center is also being prepped to be an alternate care facility

10/15/2020 12:15:00 AM

Two Colorado Alternate Care Sites To Be Deconstructed


Colorado Convention Center, two others, to stay open

10/15/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Facility Design

Banner Boswell Medical Center Project Uses Prefabricated Wall Panels


The panels saved approximately three months of construction time and allowed for enhanced safety precautions

10/15/2020 12:00:00 AM

Geisinger Adjusts Food Service Operations


Employees can now order and pay through the hospitals’ payroll deduction system

10/15/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Facility Design

LEED Certification Shifts Focus


New guidance and tools support facility teams with healthy, sustainable re-entry and measuring ongoing performance

10/15/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Interior Design

Understanding The Real Cost Of Paint


Understanding the ingredients in paint is the first step to making a quality paint selection

10/15/2020 12:00:00 AM

Louisiana Hospitals Prepared For Delta While Dealing With Covid


Separation is key when dealing with extra patients or housing staff

10/14/2020 12:15:00 AM

Focus: Fire-Life Safety / Column

Regulations, Codes & Standards Q&A: Replacing Old Smoke Detectors


Brad Keyes discusses regulations on replacing old smoke detectors

10/14/2020 12:00:00 AM

Understanding the Challenges of Daylighting


Daylighting offers wellness and productivity benefits

10/14/2020 12:00:00 AM

Paris Hospitals Strained By New Wave Of Covid Patients


More than 2,300 Covid-19 patients are hospitalized in Ile-de-France, the country’s most popular region

10/14/2020 12:00:00 AM

Survey: N.J. Adults (50+) Still Hesitant to Go To Hospitals For Non-COVID-19 Procedures


COVID-19 admissions represented less than 5 percent of total patients in the state's medical facilities in Sept.

10/14/2020 12:00:00 AM

Energy Reviews Reveal Hidden Inefficiencies


University of Maryland Medical Center discovers ways to decrease energy use

10/14/2020 12:00:00 AM

Blog / Focus: Facility Design

What Does the Future of Healthcare Facility Design Look Like?


Changes to the design of a facility can be implemented for a number of reasons, ranging from new equipment, new services or perhaps even downgrading certain departments

10/13/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focusing On The Bottom Line During COVID


Facility managers must handle the financial challenges created by COVID-19

10/13/2020 12:00:00 AM

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What Clean Really Means To A Healthcare Organization’s Culture


If people do not feel safe, or if they feel they don’t have the support or resources to provide safe care, poor PX scores, high infection rates and staff attrition can result

10/13/2020 12:00:00 AM

S.C.Hospital Using Software To Control Energy Use


Fault-detection diagnostic software can reduce waste

10/13/2020 12:00:00 AM

Keeping A Hospital Campus Secure


Parking and entries should be protected

10/13/2020 12:00:00 AM

CDC Confirms Airborne Transmission Plays Role In COVID Spread


Update comes after website error in September

10/12/2020 12:15:00 AM

Focus: Facility Design

Healthcare Environments Can Support Safety, Teamwork


Healthcare settings designed to enable communication may save lives.

10/12/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Cybersecurity

Healthcare Tech Needs Up-To-Date Security


Healthcare security needs to include ways to protect data

10/12/2020 12:00:00 AM

Senior Facilities Need To Be Part Of Emergency Prep Plan


Report says Connecticut should have worked with more closely with assisted living communities and nursing homes

10/12/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Facility Design

Covid-19 Could Change Future Hospital Design


New facilities may be designed to accommodate sudden patient surges

10/9/2020 12:15:00 AM

Blog / Focus: Facility Design

Evolving Healthcare Design With Virtual Reality Technology


Virtual reality (VR) technology allows for immediate experiences and on-demand reconfigurations at significantly lower costs than building physical mock-ups does

10/9/2020 12:00:00 AM

Designing A Disaster Plan During COVID-19


COVID’s impact on a disaster plan focuses on risk analysis, emergency response and business continuity

10/9/2020 12:00:00 AM

Senate To Investigate Use of Security Cameras at VA Hospitals


Legislation to support transparency

10/9/2020 12:00:00 AM

Coronavirus Surge Starting to Stress Wis. Hospitals


Governor issues emergency order to bring in out-of-state healthcare workers

10/9/2020 12:00:00 AM

For HVAC Efficiency, Go Beyond The Obvious


Energy-use data and analysis is crucial to identifying and picking projects that can have huge longterm impact on efficiency

10/9/2020 12:00:00 AM

How Healthcare Facilities Are Dealing With Hurricanes, Wildfires And A Pandemic


Medical centers use lessons learned from pandemic response to manage natural disasters

10/8/2020 12:15:00 AM

Pandemic Experience Is Changing ASCs infection Control


During COVID, facilities have improved their infection control procedures

10/8/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Facility Design

Virtual Reality Can Facilitate Hospital Design Input


Medical professionals are able to comment on design decisions

10/8/2020 12:00:00 AM

Wisconsin Coronavirus Surge Forced To Wait-List Or Transfer Patients


Bellin Hospital hopes to convert a facility on its campus into another space for hospital beds

10/8/2020 12:00:00 AM

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More Than Entertainment: Cable’s Role In Healthcare Facilities


Supporting innovations in healthcare requires advanced networks and scalability

10/8/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Interiors

Design Considerations From A Nurse/Interior Designer For Healthcare Facilities


Healthcare should be the leader in innovative design solutions for employees who call a healthcare setting their workplace

10/8/2020 12:00:00 AM

Brigham and Women's Hospital Nurses Urge Stronger COVID Safety Measures


42 patients and staff and one visitor have tested positive in hospital cluster

10/7/2020 12:15:00 AM

How To Avoid A Wrecked Boiler


Water-side corrosion and thermal shock or stress are calamities all facility manager should do their best to avoid

10/7/2020 12:00:00 AM

Study Says Shallow Hospital Sinks Can Spread Infections


Researchers found that a shallow sink can lead to the contamination of worker hands and patient care equipment and surfaces

10/7/2020 12:00:00 AM

San Bernardino Hospital Workers Protest Coronavirus Protocols


Demonstrations were held at more than 30 Dignity Health and Sutter Health facilities

10/7/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Fire-Life Safety / Column

Regulations, Codes & Standards Q&A: Fire-Watch


Brad Keyes discusses fire-watch regulations

10/7/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Patient Experience

Healthcare Renovation Trends Driven By Patient Satisfaction, Market Needs


At the end of 2017, more than 15,000 healthcare construction projects were underway in the United States

10/7/2020 12:00:00 AM

Health System Eases PPE Issues By Buying Stake In Company


Genesis Health System purchased a minority stake in Prestige Ameritech

10/6/2020 12:15:00 AM

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Green Cleaning Challenges for Healthcare Facilities Due To COVID-19


The healthcare industry continues to advance its efforts on green cleaning and its mission to 'do no harm' while also effectively addressing COVID-19

10/6/2020 12:00:00 AM

Hospital System Hobbled By Cyberattack


Universal Health Services Inc. experienced treatment interruptions at US facilities

10/6/2020 12:00:00 AM

Improving Diversity In Facility Management


Create a game plan managers can use to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in their departments

10/6/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Patient Experience

How Digital Signage And Wayfinding Can Support The Post-COVID Healthcare Facility


Digital signage and wayfinding technology can bridge a gap in the communication, testing and patient care

10/6/2020 12:00:00 AM

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RTLS: The Intersection of Patient Experience and Facility Design


RTLS can be used to support a wide variety of patient-centric mobile applications

10/6/2020 12:00:00 AM

Hospitals Brace For Impact Of Flu, COVID


A main challenge will be differentiating patients being admitted with the flu from those with COVID-19

10/5/2020 12:15:00 AM

Despite Charleston’s Chronic Flooding, Hospitals Plan To Stay Put


Investments into the peninsula continue

10/5/2020 12:00:00 AM

Two More COVID-19 Field Hospitals Planned In Jamaica


The government will invest about $199 million in the facilities

10/5/2020 12:00:00 AM

Firefighters Work To Protect California Hospital


A hospital skeleton crew stayed back to wet the roof and make last-minute arrangements

10/5/2020 12:00:00 AM

Banned Hand Sanitizer List Nears 200


The list of hand sanitizers deemed unsafe by the FDA topped 100 in early August

10/5/2020 12:00:00 AM

Blog / Focus: Patient Experience

How Hospital Food Service Can Improve Patient Experiences And Outcomes


Food is fundamental to the human experience, and that’s doubly true for the patient experience

10/5/2020 12:00:00 AM

Prioritizing Cyber Emergency Preparedness


Ransomware death in Germany offers lessons

10/2/2020 12:15:00 AM

Achieving Net-Zero Energy


Historically high energy users, hospitals do have a pathway to net-zero energy

10/2/2020 12:00:00 AM

Milwaukee Hospital Opens Separate Emergency Department For Pregnant Women


The specialized ER is the first of its kind in the area

10/2/2020 12:00:00 AM

ER Waste Generation Examined


85 percent of all items disposed of as regulated medical waste, did not meet the criteria

10/2/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Interiors

Interior Design Choices Can Support Infection Prevention


Style must be balanced with ease of cleaning

10/2/2020 12:00:00 AM

Patient Equipment Decontamination Can Impact Infection Control


Quick and effective decontamination of shared patient equipment is essential

10/1/2020 12:15:00 AM

Preventing HVAC from Spreading Coronavirus


Good ventilation, filtration and humidity control are crucial

10/1/2020 12:00:00 AM

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New Air Speed And Direction Measurement Technology Delivering Airflow Visualization For Healthcare Environments.


It is critically important to understand how the airflow can impact the time between scheduling procedures in different types of healthcare environments

10/1/2020 12:00:00 AM

Proper Ventilation, Filtration To Curb COVID Risk


Air disinfection in healthcare facilities may be just as important as using fitted N95 respirators

10/1/2020 12:00:00 AM

Ultraviolet Lamp Said to Kill COVID Without Risk To People


The company plans to sell the lamp to medical facilities first

10/1/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Facility Design

COVID-19 Healthcare Facility Design Checklist


The list was compiled by architects and frontline workers

10/1/2020 12:00:00 AM



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