December 2020 Posts About Healthcare Facilities Management



COVID-19: Study Reveals Role of Housekeeping in Patient Health


Antimicrobial measures in hospitals and healthcare facilities with COVID-19 wards need to be amped up

12/30/2020 12:15:00 AM

Hospital’s Rebirth Results in Impressive New Role


Rebirth of old Cook County Hospital took on special meaning in 2020 as healthcare workers battled the deadly coronavirus

12/30/2020 12:00:00 AM

Office Space and the Impact of COVID-19


To create more productive and effective workplaces, hospitals need to better understand the way occupants use existing workspaces

12/30/2020 12:00:00 AM

BAS Advances Address Hospitals’ Long-Term Challenges


Technology offers extensive capabilities through integration with other systems within healthcare environments

12/30/2020 12:00:00 AM

Case Study: Deactivating the Coronavirus with Doorway Air Curtains


A well-established technology, bipolar ionization is now an option offered inside air curtains

12/30/2020 12:00:00 AM

Virginia Nursing Home Named America’s Best


The facility was honored for its performance data, peer recommendations and its handling of COVID-19

12/29/2020 12:15:00 AM

Office Space: Rethinking Workspaces in the COVID-19 Era


By revisiting administrative space, hospitals can elevate the workplace experience and free space for more productive uses

12/29/2020 12:00:00 AM

RFID Offers a Range of Benefits to Facilities


The tools use wireless communication to identify and track assets and equipment

12/29/2020 12:00:00 AM

Pandemic Brings Spotlight to Environmental Services


In-house staff needs to be familiar with the most common and highly transmissible and infectious germs found in public spaces

12/29/2020 12:00:00 AM

Cybersecurity Challenges in 2021: What Lies Ahead?


COVID-19, vaccines and cyberattacks upend traditional operations

12/29/2020 12:00:00 AM

Ventilation Takes Center Stage in Protecting Patients, Staff


Researchers say it is important to control indoor air and combine different measures to achieve reduced spread

12/28/2020 12:15:00 AM

Designing Telehealth Spaces


Facility managers can help ensure spaces work for virtual visits

12/28/2020 12:00:00 AM

Addressing Physical Threats in the COVID-19 Era


Threats are increasing in frequency, putting financial, reputational and liability pressures on organizations

12/28/2020 12:00:00 AM

Laundry Workers Confront Risks in Healthcare Facilities


Essential workers keep hospitals and nursing homes running by washing soiled linens, uniforms and gowns

12/28/2020 12:00:00 AM

Case Study: Reliable and Seamless Load Transfer


'Mission-critical' takes on additional meaning when patient welfare is at stake

12/28/2020 12:00:00 AM

COVID-19 Spotlight Falls on Environmental Services


Vaccine priorities for those who do the humblest work in hospitals filled with COVID-19 patients

12/23/2020 12:15:00 AM

Hospital Endures 550 Cyber Attacks Daily


Attacks come as federal authorities warn of credible, ongoing and persistent threat to hospital's systems

12/23/2020 12:00:00 AM

Second Wave: PPE Shortages Plague Healthcare Again


There weren’t supposed to be more shortages that imperil the lives of doctors, nurses and maintenance and housekeeping workers. But here we are

12/23/2020 12:00:00 AM

Nursing Homes Rethink Ventilation’s Role in Pandemic


One state’s facilities offer insights into challenges facing managers

12/23/2020 12:00:00 AM

Can Hospitals Use Door Wedges?


Brad Keyes explains the requirements for holding doors open in hospitals

12/23/2020 12:00:00 AM

Using UVC Light To Disinfect Shoes


It’s easy for shoes to cross-contaminate surfaces in hospitals

12/22/2020 12:15:00 AM

Hospitals Upgrade Ventilation To Combat Coronavirus Spread


When it comes to infection control and prevention, focus on HVAC systems for patient and provider safety

12/22/2020 12:00:00 AM

State’s Rural Hospitals Worry about PPE Mandate


California requires hospitals to maintain three-month PPE stockpiles starting in April

12/22/2020 12:00:00 AM

Rethinking Compliance Inspections and Audits — Virtually


Technology is reshaping methods of scrutiny from inspectors and surveyors

12/22/2020 12:00:00 AM

Food Programs in Senior Living Facilities Carry On


To deal with the COVID-10 pandemic, dining operations have had to change

12/22/2020 12:00:00 AM

Floors in Spotlight in Battle Against Pathogens and illness


Hospital room floors are quickly and frequently contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria within hours of patient admission

12/21/2020 12:15:00 AM

Health System’s Food Offering Targets Sweet Tooth


The facilities have offered dessert stations before but never a complete station dedicated to chocolate

12/21/2020 12:00:00 AM

Prefabrication Is a Fit for the Healthcare Industry


This example of patient bathroom pods demonstrates the effectiveness of prefabrication

12/21/2020 12:00:00 AM

Snowstorm Challenges Hospitals Amid COVID-19


Pretreated sidewalks and backup generators among the measures to handle snow

12/21/2020 12:00:00 AM

Keep on Truckin’: Vans Deliver Vaccines to Rural Hospitals


Trucks will bring vials to small, remote hospitals across a 200,000-square-mile area

12/21/2020 12:00:00 AM

Hospital Police Forces Come Under Scrutiny


Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia allow hospitals to have their own sworn police departments

12/18/2020 12:15:00 AM

Modular Construction Isn’t Without Challenges


When planning your next healthcare project, ask your supplier these three questions

12/18/2020 12:00:00 AM

IT Cost Controls in the COVID-19 Era


Changes in revenues force managers to explore new ways to ensure care continuity with limited funds and staff resources

12/18/2020 12:00:00 AM

Closing of Chicago Hospital on Hold


Illinois health regulators denied bid to close its doors due to increased costs and lower utilization

12/18/2020 12:00:00 AM

Eye on ADA: Architect, Senior Living Communities Face Violations


U.S. Justice Department sues firm, owners of 15 facilities over accessibility failures

12/18/2020 12:00:00 AM

UV LEDs Show Promise in Killing Coronavirus: Researchers


Researchers investigated the disinfection efficiency of UV-LED irradiation at different wavelengths or frequencies

12/17/2020 12:15:00 AM

Contaminated Shoes Can Spread Viruses in Hospitals


Disinfecting shoes can prevent cross-contamination, including spread of COVID-19

12/17/2020 12:00:00 AM

How Safe Are U.S. Hospitals?


Rating focuses on how well hospitals protect patients from preventable errors, accidents, injuries and infections

12/17/2020 12:00:00 AM

Staff Shortage Imperils Field Hospital


With beds available, nursing shortage means hospital can’t staff field hospital Category: Infection control

12/17/2020 12:00:00 AM

Amid COVID-19, Florida Healthcare Campus Breaks Ground


Healthcare center will entail a 602,000-square-feet hospital with 264 beds spread over 10 floors

12/17/2020 12:00:00 AM

Life Safety Q&A: Powering Exit Signs


If batteries are removed from exit signs, do signs still need to be tested?

12/16/2020 12:15:00 AM

Telehealth, Security and the Impact of COVID-19


Ditching telehealth isn’t an option, but the technology to provide virtual care securely often leaves much to be desired

12/16/2020 12:00:00 AM

Medical Colleges Adds Flood-Prevention Measures


Medical College of South Carolina has weathered tropical storm surges and regional flooding

12/16/2020 12:00:00 AM

Planned Closing of Chicago Hospital Creates Tough Decisions


Owner plans to shutter hospital later this winter or early spring, citing financial struggles

12/16/2020 12:00:00 AM

Consolidation Among 2021 Trends for Hospitals


Trend is likely to accelerate as smaller, independent hospitals face revenue shortfalls caused by low patient volumes

12/16/2020 12:00:00 AM

Revisiting Air Filtration in the COVID-19 Era


Design engineers and facilities engineers must cooperate to ensure modified hospital engineering systems minimize the coronavirus risk

12/15/2020 12:15:00 AM

Healthcare Design and the Impact of COVID-19


Some design changes might be temporary, many of these now-makeshift elements will be embedded permanently in designs for the future

12/15/2020 12:00:00 AM

Tailoring Cybersecurity Disaster Recovery to Facility Needs


Managers understand both the vulnerable areas of facilities and key operations that must be protected

12/15/2020 12:00:00 AM

Healthcare HVAC Design Post-Pandemic


Future hospitals should implement HVAC best practices learned during COVID-19

12/15/2020 12:00:00 AM

2021: Looking Ahead at Challenges for Facilities


Assessing the rush to embrace new technologies to keep patients, families and healthcare workers safe

12/15/2020 12:00:00 AM

Ramping Up Security for Healthcare IT


Systems contain highly sensitive data that, if compromised, could jeopardize staff and customer privacy

12/14/2020 12:15:00 AM

Rethinking Food Service in the COVID-19 Era


Managers in these operations no longer can use their tried-and-true ways of working

12/14/2020 12:00:00 AM

Signs Everywhere: A Closer Look at Parking Signage


The challenge of directing parking lot traffic and keeping patients and visitors safe has become increasingly important

12/14/2020 12:00:00 AM

VA Vaccine Distribution Faces Challenges


Staff remain concerned about the department's ability to deliver them around the country

12/14/2020 12:00:00 AM

Walgreens Clinics Aim To Compete with Off-Campus Offerings


Facilities are a part of plan to open 500-700 clinics in more than 30 U.S. markets

12/14/2020 12:00:00 AM

COVID-19 Wave Hits Hospitals Nationwide


From coast to coast, hospitals are reporting various levels of new cases that are swamping available resources

12/11/2020 12:00:00 AM

Strategies for Facility Design in the COVID-19 Era


Research activities like interviews, contextual inquiries and usability tests pose challenges for architects

12/11/2020 12:00:00 AM

Hospitals Prepare To Issue Service Prices


Hospitals must list standard prices for 300 shoppable services and the lowest prices they will accept

12/11/2020 12:00:00 AM

Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on IT in 2020


From telehealth and remote patient monitoring to remote work strategies and increased cyberattacks, IT had to revisit strategies

12/11/2020 12:00:00 AM

The Benefits of Modular Construction


The pre-fabrication trend is here to stay in healthcare facilities

12/11/2020 12:00:00 AM

Are Facilities Ready for COVID-19 Vaccines?


Managers must assess the readiness of facilities, systems and technicians to ensure proper storage and handling

12/10/2020 12:15:00 AM

Streamlining COVID-19 Communication to Staff


Brief huddles, not a barrage of emails and texts, might be the best way to prevent communication overload

12/10/2020 12:00:00 AM

Food Programs Pivot in Response to Pandemic


Micromarkets have popped, offering an easy way for hospital workers to pick up items without entering grocery stores

12/10/2020 12:00:00 AM

Hospitals Struggle with Accurate COVID-19 Data


Some hospitals have not been able to track the number of patients who might have contracted COVID-19 during a stay

12/10/2020 12:00:00 AM

Robots Deployed To Deliver Hospital Medications


Meds-to-beds program includes secure, autonomous robotic delivery of prescribed medications

12/10/2020 12:00:00 AM

COVID-19 Resurgence Might Trigger Field Hospital Reopenings


New York’s Cuomo says New York can add 5,000 field hospital beds if needed

12/9/2020 12:15:00 AM

Do You Need Sprinklers in a Covered Walkway?


Learn the fire code requirements for canopies and similar covered spaces

12/9/2020 12:00:00 AM

Cybersecurity Apt To Remain Challenging in 2021


2021 is likely to see ongoing threats and vulnerabilities affecting the healthcare industry

12/9/2020 12:00:00 AM

HVAC System Performance and COVID-19


Enhanced system design minimizes recirculation of COVID-19-contaminated air in air distribution system

12/9/2020 12:00:00 AM

Long-Awaited Resurgence of COVID-19 Cases Hits Hospitals


U.S. COVID-19 death toll could reach 450,000 by February

12/9/2020 12:00:00 AM

CDC Guidelines Address COVID-19, Flu in Long-Term Care


Guidelines target nursing home residents with acute respiratory illness symptoms but can be adapted for other long-term care settings

12/8/2020 12:15:00 AM

GAO Report Explores AI’s Impact on Healthcare


Tangible benefits must balance efficiency and savings with security and privacy

12/8/2020 12:00:00 AM

Healthcare Facilities Rethink Design in the COVID-19 Era


Facilities across the country have had to be creative to find ways to safely handle the surge in patients

12/8/2020 12:00:00 AM

PPE Shortage Leads to Crisis Standards of Care


73 percent of healthcare facilities have implemented PPE crisis standards of care for respirators

12/8/2020 12:00:00 AM

Healthcare Design for the New Normal


Spaces will consider the needs of healthcare workers in addition to patient experience

12/8/2020 12:00:00 AM

Some Healthcare Facilities Not Reporting Staff Deaths To OSHA


Employers did not report more than one-third of deaths during pandemic because they said the deaths were not work-related

12/7/2020 12:15:00 AM

Hospital Fought Two Suberbugs at Same Time


CRAB is a deadly pathogen rarely seen in the United States

12/7/2020 12:00:00 AM

Case Study: Healing Through the Outdoors


MarinHealth Medical Center renovation emphasizes biophilic design and brings nature indoors

12/7/2020 12:00:00 AM

COVID-19 and the Role of Resilient Design


Employers did not report more than one-third of deaths during pandemic because they said the deaths were not work-related

12/7/2020 12:00:00 AM

Hospitals Expanding UV Cleaning Applications


Applications are being considered for equipment such as CT scanners

12/7/2020 12:00:00 AM

Healthcare Workers To Be First in Line for COVID-19 Vaccinations


Workers with direct patient contact would be among the first, as well as individuals working in long-term care facilities

12/4/2020 12:15:00 AM

Medical Center Reveals 4.5-Year Data Leak


Server misconfiguration might have allowed unauthorized individuals access to patient data

12/4/2020 12:00:00 AM

COVID-19: Design and the Impact of Patient Technology


Embracing technology in design can dramatically improve building designs and patient outcomes

12/4/2020 12:00:00 AM

A Lesson In Diversity At Froedtert Health


Wisconsin hospital’s path to diversity includes contractors, vendors and employees

12/4/2020 12:00:00 AM

Facilities Continue to Struggle with PPE Supply Chain


Homeless shelters, natural disaster relief groups, nurses’ offices in schools and smaller hospitals are also struggling

12/4/2020 12:00:00 AM

Deja Vu: Field Hospitals Reopening in Several Cities


Facilities in Wisconsin and Rhode Island recall onset of COVID-19 pandemic

12/3/2020 12:15:00 AM

COVID-19 Challenges Health System's Food Service Program


Managers updated spaces and offerings with safety in mind

12/3/2020 12:00:00 AM

Nursing Home Improvises To Accommodate Visitors


The facility is using a converted shed as a meeting space for patients and families

12/3/2020 12:00:00 AM

Hospitals’ Supply Chains Under Scrutiny for Cybersecurity Role


Healthcare facilities must closely monitor the security posture of their supply chain partners

12/3/2020 12:00:00 AM

Maintenance and Housekeeping: Crucial Workers During Pandemic


A generally invisible workforce performs critical tasks that keep facilities operating safely and do so at great risk

12/3/2020 12:00:00 AM

Safety Q&A: Oxygen Cylinder Storage


Requirements change depending on the quantity of gas

12/2/2020 12:15:00 AM

Hospital Expansions Continue as Pandemic Cases Surge


Long-planned expansions an upgrades continue as facilities revamp operations

12/2/2020 12:00:00 AM

Phishing Tops List of Healthcare IT Attacks


More than one-half of healthcare cybersecurity professionals say their organization has experienced a phishing attack in the last year

12/2/2020 12:00:00 AM

Hospitals Eye Vacant Retail Buildings for Added Space


Big-box stores often are located in populated areas with high traffic, good visibility and access and abundant parking

12/2/2020 12:00:00 AM

Medical Center Seeks to Recover from Cyberattack


Officials work to restore access to sites used by the public and say it will be some time before systems are fully restored

12/2/2020 12:00:00 AM

Wave of Ransomware Puts Healthcare Facilities on Alert


The pandemic’s sudden onset forced organizations to set up emergency COVID-19 facilities with no time to plan robust IT security infrastructures

12/1/2020 12:15:00 AM

Case Study: Selecting Back-up Power For Large Hospital


A low-cost approach might not reliably meet critical power needs during an emergency

12/1/2020 12:00:00 AM

Curtain Control? Researchers Study Antimicrobial Offerings


Researchers tested the effectiveness of antimicrobial curtains in an intensive care unit

12/1/2020 12:00:00 AM

Teamwork Central To Health System’s Food Program Success


Meetings include a formal comparison of data from five key performance indicators that are tracked daily, weekly and monthly

12/1/2020 12:00:00 AM

Are NYC Hospitals Prepared Better for COVID-19?


One focus has been upgrading spaces and preparing for the rapid conversion of hospital units and non-clinical spaces

12/1/2020 12:00:00 AM



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