November 2020 Posts About Healthcare Facilities Management



COVID-19 Resource Targets Assisted Living Facilities


The infection prevention and control document aims to prevent the spread of infectious disease in communities

11/30/2020 12:15:00 AM

Patient Falls On The Rise


Falls cost U.S. hospitals an estimated $2 billion a year

11/30/2020 12:00:00 AM

Reopening of Emergency Hospital Signals COVID-19 Trouble in NY


The unit was one of several emergency facilities that were set up in New York earlier in the year to treat virus patients

11/30/2020 12:00:00 AM

2 Hospital Deaths Cast Focus on Aging Infrastructure


An accident has drawn steam-powered energy systems into the spotlight

11/30/2020 12:00:00 AM

Hospital Design Looks Up To Expand


Vertical hospitals have gained traction as healthcare providers looked to serve patient populations in urban centers

11/30/2020 12:00:00 AM

Are Smoke Alarms Necessary In Sleeping Rooms?


It all depends on the facility type and situation

11/25/2020 12:15:00 AM

Hygiene Remains Key To Controlling Coronavirus


Healthcare facilities also need to focus on surface cleaning and placement of sanitizer dispensers

11/25/2020 12:00:00 AM

Hospital System Assesses Options for Old Hospital


Iowa the system considers potential uses for existing structure as a new one comes online

11/25/2020 12:00:00 AM

Earthquakes and the Role of Hospital Cooperation


Study finds that if hospitals responding to earthquake are highly coordinated, they can cut patient wait times by more than half

11/25/2020 12:00:00 AM

Space Shortages Affecting State’s Psychiatric Hospitals


Responding to COVID-19 surge, California hospitals seek space options and wrestle with impact on patients

11/25/2020 12:00:00 AM

Hospital Workers Remain at Higher Risk of Contracting COVID-19


Spotlight on doctors and nurses, as well as security, housekeeping and food service workers

11/24/2020 12:15:00 AM

Hospitals Prepare for the Next Wave of COVID-19


Hospitals have been preparing for months for another surge and are hoping to deploy the lessons they learned during an agonizing spring

11/24/2020 12:00:00 AM

Germicidal Lighting Gains Grounds Beyond Healthcare


In some hospitals, ground-level robots emitting UV-C are being used to sanitize floors

11/24/2020 12:00:00 AM

Cybersecurity Remains Tough Challenges for Healthcare


Hospitals are prime targets because they often house sensitive and personal data

11/24/2020 12:00:00 AM

Health System Drops Plans for New Hospital


Florida’s Venice Regional Bayfront Health instead announced plans for a multimillion

11/24/2020 12:00:00 AM

Health Systems Grapple with Growing Cybersecurity Threats


Breaches, ransomware and other security incidents are becoming larger and more disruptive

11/23/2020 12:15:00 AM

Hospitals Curtail Elective Surgeries as COVID-19 Surges


Once again, hospitals must decide how to take care of COVID-19 patients while providing other services

11/23/2020 12:00:00 AM

Tips To Avoid PPE Cross-contamination


Improperly donning and doffing personal protective equipment can spread germs

11/23/2020 12:00:00 AM

Survey Spotlights Advances in Healthcare IT


One-third of organizations have adopted components of a comprehensive security program in 2020

11/23/2020 12:00:00 AM

IT Room Fire Forces Evacuation of Hospital Buildings


Electrical fire and smoke leads hospital officials to evacuate two office buildings

11/23/2020 12:00:00 AM

COVID-19 Strains Hospital Staffing


Surging cases drive up patient levels and worker infections

11/20/2020 12:15:00 AM

Iowa Hospitals, State Officials Spar Over Data


State calls data on physical infrastructure and emergency preparedness confidential

11/20/2020 12:00:00 AM

COVID-19 Leading to Regulatory Changes for Nursing Homes: Expert


Changes apt to address testing, access to visitation and aging infrastructures

11/20/2020 12:00:00 AM

OSHA Targets Healthcare Workers and Coronavirus


Guidance describes measures that include face masks and surgical masks

11/20/2020 12:00:00 AM

Study Looks at Patient-Centric Healthcare Facilities


When remodeling rooms or purchasing products, facility managers need to factor patient experience in their decisions

11/20/2020 12:00:00 AM

12 U.S. Hospitals Closed During Pandemic


Lower patient volumes, canceled elective procedures among challenges to bottom lines

11/19/2020 12:15:00 AM

Case Study: Choosing A Hand Dryer For Senior Living Centers


Proper hand hygiene is especially important for the elderly during the pandemic

11/19/2020 12:00:00 AM

Construction Tied to Higher COVID-19 Risks


Researchers explored the impact of keeping construction sites open during pandemic

11/19/2020 12:00:00 AM

COVID-19 Tests Organizations’ Emergency Preparedness Plans


Pandemic challenges test plans and offer opportunities to improve performance

11/19/2020 12:00:00 AM

PPE Supply Chains Under Scrutiny as Pandemic Worsens


Panel of experts offers suggestions for ensuring a pipeline of essential supplies

11/19/2020 12:00:00 AM

Fire Safety Q&A: Where To Place Fire Extinguishers


Know the clearance radius before mounting fire extinguishers

11/18/2020 12:15:00 AM

Safety Spotlight: Electrical Receptacles


Maintenance can ensure proper device operation and safety of staff and patients

11/18/2020 12:00:00 AM

Cyberattacks a Growing Threat for Hospitals


Beyond the challenges created by COVID-19, officials also must attend to cybersecurity

11/18/2020 12:00:00 AM

2 Hospital Workers Killed in Explosion


Technicians at VA hospital were maintaining a leaky steam pipe at the time

11/18/2020 12:00:00 AM

COVID-19 Again Challenges Hospital Supply Chains


Shortages of masks, gloves and respirators remind managers of the importance of procurement

11/18/2020 12:00:00 AM

Coronavirus Pandemic Shifts Long-Held Healthcare Design Ideas


A move to touchless technology and elimination of waiting rooms are two examples

11/17/2020 12:00:00 AM

Preparedness Helps VA Hospital Avoid COVID-19 Cases


Maine’s Togus Veterans Affairs Maine Medical Center has had no known coronavirus transmissions in seven months

11/17/2020 12:00:00 AM

Health System To Outsource 700 Workers


Move by Ohio’s Premier Health will affect nutritional services and environmental services workers

11/17/2020 12:00:00 AM

Rural Hospitals Feels the Weight of Surging COVID-19


Already struggling financially, hospitals outside metro areas see resources and equipment stretched thin

11/17/2020 12:00:00 AM

VA Embraces 3D for PPE


Recurring shortages of masks, gowns and gloves prompts agency to turn to advanced technology for essential products

11/17/2020 12:00:00 AM

COVID-19 Forces Hospital To Revamp Food Service


Hospital's curbside meal program aim to replace lost revenue

11/16/2020 12:00:00 AM

University of Iowa Hospitals Seek To Expand PPE Storage


Storage move aims to avoid PPE shortages among front-line workers

11/16/2020 12:00:00 AM

Maine Nursing Homes Struggle with COVID-19 Compliance


Facility residents account for 60 percent of state’s deaths

11/16/2020 12:00:00 AM

Minnesota Hospitals Brace As COVID-19 Cases Surge


Adjustments include diverting ambulances from crowded facilities

11/16/2020 12:00:00 AM

Half Of Disposable Gowns Are Not Meeting Safety Standards


Study shows that majority of imported gowns won’t protect against COVID-19

11/16/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Security

Ligature-Resistant Door Solutions For Multi-use Healthcare Facilities


New rolling counter doors create safe spaces out of thin air, saving hospital systems time and money while addressing serious behavioral and mental health challenges

11/13/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Security

Hospitals Boosting Email Security


Additional restrictions implemented to help prevent ransomware attacks

11/13/2020 12:00:00 AM

Ultraviolet Light Kills Coronavirus, But Caution Required


Continuous disinfection of surfaces and air would be a desirable outcome, but there is a lot of unknown risk with these solutions

11/13/2020 12:00:00 AM

Small Michigan Hospital Braces For COVID


Last week, five of its six ICU beds were filled; one with a COVID patient

11/13/2020 12:00:00 AM

Study Tests Effectiveness Of Materials For Face Masks


Researchers tested everything from t-shirts and socks to jeans and vacuum bags

11/13/2020 12:00:00 AM

Blog / Focus: New Construction

A Continuous Assessment: Understanding Compliance During New Construction


Healthcare facilities must keep pace with rapid changes in code compliance, neighborhood health, sustainability and energy management

11/12/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: New Construction

Design Should Balance Infection Control, Quality Of Life And Greater Resident Wellness


Nursing home design should balance infection control, quality of life and greater resident wellness

11/12/2020 12:00:00 AM

Butte Longterm Care Facility Resorts To Extreme Measures


Some asymptomatic staff members who have tested positive continue working with the COVID-19 positive patients

11/12/2020 12:00:00 AM

OSHA Issues Respirator Guidance For Longterm Care Facilities


11/12/2020 12:00:00 AM

Cleaning, Sanitizing And Disinfecting


COVID has spurred a new standard for healthcare facility hygiene

11/12/2020 12:00:00 AM

Kansas Healthcare Providers With COVID-19 Allowed To Treat Patients


The practice is allowed when facilities face staff shortages

11/11/2020 12:15:00 AM

Traveling Healthcare Workers Face Dire COVID Conditions


Caught between hospitals and agencies, workers’ protections are blurred

11/11/2020 12:00:00 AM

Michigan Healthcare Facilities Prep For COVID Surge


State’s hospitals prepared to different degrees

11/11/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Fire-Life Safety / Column

Regulations, Codes & Standards Q&A: Fire Damper Testing


Brad Keyes discusses regulations on fire damper testing

11/11/2020 12:00:00 AM

Telemedicine Market Growing Rapidly


Remote patient monitoring is one of the primary benefits of telemedicine

11/11/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Cybersecurity

Tips For Hiring Healthcare Cybersecurity Pros


Cybersecurity requires people from all backgrounds and majors

11/11/2020 12:00:00 AM

Giant Therapy Dog Brings Smiles, Infection Concerns To Ohio Healthcare Facility


Pandemic paused the project for safety reasons

11/10/2020 12:15:00 AM

Focus: Emergency Prep

Developing Robust Emergency Operating Procedures


Preparations must be taken to develop, deploy and maintain emergency operating procedures and harden the facility department’s emergency preparedness

11/10/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Security

Feds Warn of ‘Imminent’ Cyber Threat to Healthcare Facilities


Some two dozen hospitals have already been hit

11/10/2020 12:00:00 AM

Some Healthcare Facilities Challenged By Virtual Survey Documentation


Only 8 percent said they had digitized their compliance documents

11/10/2020 12:00:00 AM

Blog / Focus: Emergency Prep

The Three Stages Of Facility Emergency Response


The biggest challenge that healthcare facility managers face in an emergency is ensuring safety

11/10/2020 12:00:00 AM

Working In Multiple Nursing Homes May Spread The Virus


Research has found that on average each nursing home is connected to seven others through staff movement

11/10/2020 12:00:00 AM

Twin Cities On 'Red Alert' For ICU Beds


ICU bed space is scarce because caregivers own infections or exposures

11/9/2020 12:15:00 AM

Operating Room Airflow Makes COVID Social Distancing Ineffective


Stepping away from a patient may not reduce risk

11/9/2020 12:00:00 AM

Mask Stockpiling May Be Hurting Small Healthcare Facilities


Larger healthcare facilities are stockpiling what they can in preparation for future surges

11/9/2020 12:00:00 AM

The Evolution Of Sustainability Post COVID-19


The pandemic has shown how sustainability in facilities must evolve to also include health and wellness strategies for building occupants

11/9/2020 12:00:00 AM

Bacteria On Hospital Floors Suggests Need For Better Infection Control


New study finds floors are a significant, but often overlooked, bacteria source

11/9/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: New Construction

Containing Infection Risk During Hospital Construction


Early discussion and risk assessment associated are key to minimizing the potential impact

11/9/2020 12:00:00 AM

NYC Healthcare Facilities Feel Ready For COVID Resurgence


Hospitals and nursing homes are drawing on lessons learned in the spring

11/6/2020 12:15:00 AM

Focus: Security

‘Security Incident’ Shuts Down Sonoma Valley Hospital Computers


Incident triggered 'significant downtime'

11/6/2020 12:00:00 AM

Blog

Decarbonizing Healthcare Facilities in a Post-Pandemic World


Decarbonizing a facility in a post-pandemic world first requires hospitals to determine what was changed and how drastically this may have impacted energy use

11/6/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Security

Bill Targets Improved Hospital Signage, Lighting


Massachusetts legislation to require regulations on emergency room signs, lighting, doorbells or panic buttons, and video surveillance

11/6/2020 12:00:00 AM

Alaska COVID Alternate Care Sites Ready


Officials remain concerned about staffing

11/6/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Security

Visitor Registration Systems Can Boost Healthcare Facility Security


Security must contend with these threats while balancing the need to maintain an open and inviting environment

11/6/2020 12:00:00 AM

Chart Shows Healthcare Workers Most Likely To Be Hospitalized For COVID


Housekeeping and maintenance workers were below those with nursing-related jobs, but above physicians

11/5/2020 12:15:00 AM

Building Analytics Strategies For COVID-19 Building Operations


As occupancy levels fluctuate during the pandemic, building analytics can help FMs fine-tune equipment to run efficiently

11/5/2020 12:00:00 AM

CDC Launches Anti-infection Program for Healthcare Workers


The $180 million program is designed to help stop the spread of pathogens in healthcare facilities

11/5/2020 12:00:00 AM

Texas Nursing Homes Violated Infection Control Standards During COVID


According to state records, 556 Texas longterm care facilities violated infection control standards at least 1,435 times between early March and mid-August

11/5/2020 12:00:00 AM

Infection Control Training From CDC Supports Existing Efforts


Program targets frontline healthcare workers and could supplement senior living community offerings

11/5/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: New Construction

Indiana Hospital Designed With Storm Water Management System


The system was designed to conserve energy and support the ecology

11/5/2020 12:00:00 AM

Some Michigan Hospitals Boosting Minimum Wage


Two Michigan hospital systems raise minimum wage to $15 to fill job openings

11/4/2020 12:15:00 AM

Paint Can Keep Surfaces Below Ambient Temperature


The paint reflects 95.5 percent of solar radiation

11/4/2020 12:00:00 AM

Hospital COVID Outbreak May Have Started In Break Room


15 staff members at Mass. hospital tested positive for COVID-19

11/4/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Fire-Life Safety / Column

Regulations, Codes & Standards Q&A: Corrective Maintenance Work


Brad Keyes discusses regulations on corrective maintenance work

11/4/2020 12:00:00 AM

Study Recommends Cleaning the Air to Decrease COVID


The air in ultrasound departments should be disinfected

11/4/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Security

Security/Safety Mistakes That May Be Overlooked During COVID


Basic hospital security can lapse during a crisis

11/4/2020 12:00:00 AM

Texas Hospital’s Face Shield Program Controlling COVID Spread


Researchers have also found the program has reduced overall hospital-acquired infections

11/3/2020 12:15:00 AM

Healthcare Facility Dining Programs Meet COVID With Innovation


At UF Health Shands Florida Hospital, dining staff started delivering food directly to COVID patients

11/3/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Security

La. Hospital Shares Security Measures After Baby Was Taken


The baby was found safe a few hours later

11/3/2020 12:00:00 AM

Pandemic Adds Election Duties To Longterm Care Workers’ To-Do Lists


Staffers visit each resident to help with voting

11/3/2020 12:00:00 AM

Equipment Inspection, Training Key to Snow And Ice Management


Preparation for winter should include a thorough inspection of snow- and ice-removal equipment and training personnel

11/3/2020 12:00:00 AM

Designing Healthcare Facility Ventilation After COVID-19


Designers are using different strategies to support infection control

11/2/2020 12:15:00 AM

Staff-strapped Canadian Nursing Homes Turning To Immigration


Staffing for longterm care facilities called a national issue

11/2/2020 12:00:00 AM

Keeping The Hospital Cafeteria Safe During The Pandemic


A properly developed, executed and periodically reviewed plan is key

11/2/2020 12:00:00 AM

Indiana Hospital Fighting COVID With Germ Killing Robots


Reid Health has added three robots to cleaning arsenal in rooms occupied by COVID-19 patients

11/2/2020 12:00:00 AM

False Positives in COVID Not A Harmless Mistake


False negatives are not the only problem with faulty coronavirus testing

11/2/2020 12:00:00 AM

Blog / Focus: Emergency Prep

Disaster Preparedness – Considerations On Cybersecurity And Resiliency


Planning starts with the end result in mind, but along the way, there are other key goalposts

11/2/2020 12:00:00 AM



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