September 2020 Posts About Healthcare Facilities Management



Focus: Infection Control

Ten Percent Of N.Y. Nursing Homes Failed At Infection Control


The New York Health Department has fined 23 nursing homes a total of $328,000

9/30/2020 12:15:00 AM

Pa. Health System Adjusts Food Service During Pandemic


Geisinger’s former self-serve stations are all staffed and shielded

9/30/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Facility Design

Modular Construction Can Offer Healthcare Facilities Needed Flexibility


For construction projects already underway when the pandemic and subsequent lockdown hit, modular meant that off-site construction of various building components could continue unabated even as other industries ground to a halt

9/30/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Fire-Life Safety / Column

Regulations, Codes & Standards Q&A: Start/Stop Times For Generator Load Test


Brad Keyes discusses regulations for generator load tests

9/30/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

Study: Coronavirus Lingers on Shared Medical Equipment


Research doesn’t say whether this could lead to virus transmission

9/30/2020 12:00:00 AM

Continuously Active Disinfectants Said To Control COVID Spread


Protecting exposure via surfaces in heavily trafficked facilities can be a challenge

9/30/2020 12:00:00 AM

Reducing HAIs With Touchpoint Disinfecting


Cleaners target HAI hotspots

9/29/2020 12:15:00 AM

Focus: Cybersecurity

Ransomware Attack Leads To Death Of Patient In Germany


Woman died after being diverted to facility 20 miles away when hackers shut down hospital where she was being admitted

9/29/2020 12:00:00 AM

Selecting the Right CMMS


CMMS selection requires matching specific project and facility goals with the capabilities and functionality of the system

9/29/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

Study Finds Educating Cleaning Staff Lowers C. diff Infections


Study suggests focusing on knowledge gaps, challenges and barriers

9/29/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

Hospitals Say They're Now Better Prepared For COVID-19


Healthcare leaders are stockpiling needed supplies

9/28/2020 12:15:00 AM

Material Health in Healthcare Facilities


As a collective, the architecture and design community is applying the pressure for increased product transparency regardless of whether their clients are working toward LEED certification or not

9/28/2020 12:00:00 AM

Healthcare Tech Supporting COVID-19 Fight


Some hospitals are using remote surveillance to monitor COVID-19 patients on ventilators

9/28/2020 12:00:00 AM

With COVID-19 Reopenings, There May Be Legionella in A Building's Water


Stagnant water can be a breeding ground for waterborne pathogens, such as legionella

9/28/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

Survey: Dirty Carpet Impacts Perception of Care in Long-term Care Facilities


Older Americans (65+) are more likely than their younger counterparts to be influenced by dirty carpet

9/28/2020 12:00:00 AM

Blog / Focus: New Construction

Common Myths In Healthcare Construction Management


When setting the foundation for a healthcare construction project, it’s important to separate fact from fiction

9/28/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

Flu Season During Coronavirus Pandemic Raises New Questions


Flu patients can take up resources

9/25/2020 12:15:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

Washington Hospital Fixes Water Issue After Two Weeks


The water issue affected sterilization of surgical instruments

9/25/2020 12:00:00 AM

Doctor Shot During Robbery At Minnesota Hospital


Employees had asked for better protection in parking areas

9/25/2020 12:00:00 AM

Kaiser Permanente First Healthcare System To Reach Carbon Neutrality


One hundred percent of energy the system uses is being either used in a green way or is offset

9/25/2020 12:00:00 AM

Lessons From Ebola


Healthcare professionals have learned a great deal about creating effective care environments that allow for the safe treatment of patients with EVD and other infectious diseases

9/25/2020 12:00:00 AM

Blog / Focus: New Construction

Success Factors Using Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) In Healthcare Construction Projects


Projects can be more fulfilling and successful at meeting desired project outcomes through IPD

9/25/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Cybersecurity

56% Of Healthcare Facilities Did Not Meet National Cybersecurity Standards In 2019


Added technologies and an increased focus on existing ones is recommended

9/24/2020 12:15:00 AM

Case Study: Urology Center in Little Rock


The project provided lighting for a range of medical and cleanroom applications

9/24/2020 12:00:00 AM

What You Need to Know About Elastomeric Coatings


Durable and not easily cracked, elastomeric coatings are also effective at sealing roof leaks and preventing existing damage from worsening

9/24/2020 12:00:00 AM

2020 Environmental Services Departments of the Year Named


AHE awards honor top hospital EVS departments

9/24/2020 12:00:00 AM

Pa. Hospital Using ‘Mobile Boiler Rooms’ During Repairs After Fire


The fire has been linked to a chemical reaction during maintenance work

9/24/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: New Construction

Healthcare Construction Management: Myths vs. Facts


Few construction projects are as complex as those in healthcare

9/24/2020 12:00:00 AM

Florida Assisted-Living Facilities No Longer Required To Test Staff For COVID


Federal guidelines require nursing homes to continue testing

9/23/2020 12:15:00 AM

Pandemic Hastening Closure Of Some Urban Hospitals


COVID has worsened the situation for already weakened hospitals

9/23/2020 12:00:00 AM

Georgia Blocks ‘Granny Cam’ Legislation


Some in the long-term care industry have opposed cameras

9/23/2020 12:00:00 AM

Blog

Tackling the Pandemic with Environmental Monitoring


The benefits of temperature and environmental monitoring are twofold

9/23/2020 12:00:00 AM

Regulations, Codes & Standards Q&A: More On Power Strips


Brad Keyes discusses regulations related to power strips

9/23/2020 12:00:00 AM

Blog / Focus: Energy Efficiency

Spending On Energy Efficiency Means Improving Patient Care


Running a hospital means taking the reins on your energy output by making smart energy-saving investments

9/23/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

CDC Reverses Guidelines On Testing People Exposed To Covid-19


People who have had close contact with someone infected with the coronavirus, but who have not exhibited symptoms are now recommended to be tested

9/22/2020 12:15:00 AM

Coronavirus Could Make Touchless Restrooms a Must


No longer a nice-to-have, touchless restroom fixtures may curb infections from commercial restrooms

9/22/2020 12:00:00 AM

Senior Living Dining Program Works to Maintain Community


Nebraska facilities innovate in how they serve residents under restrictions

9/22/2020 12:00:00 AM

Columbus Surge Hospital In Storage For Now


The hospital at the Greater Columbus Convention Center has been disassembled

9/22/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Cybersecurity

Smart Healthcare Facilities Can Come Unique Cybersecurity Threats


All the standard vulnerabilities apply to healthcare facilities as well

9/22/2020 12:00:00 AM

Energy Retrofit Project Brings Cost Savings Without Patient Disruption


The $5.5 million project is calculated to pay for itself in just under three years

9/22/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

Nursing Home Workers Who Work At Multiple Facilities May Be Behind Some Of COVID Spread


Florida facilities continue to see cases despite lockdown

9/21/2020 12:15:00 AM

Containing Healthcare Costs in the New COVID Normal


Navigating pandemic-induced financial strain to reduce expenses

9/21/2020 12:00:00 AM

Mayo Clinic Opens A Dedicated Gluten-Free Kitchen


Clinic now a validated gluten-free 'safe spot'

9/21/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

Mass. Hospital Keeping COVID Transmissions at Nearly Zero


The Boston hospital has dedicated COVID-19 units with airborne infection isolation rooms

9/21/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

UVC Disinfectant Not Easy to Use


UVC radiation disinfect requires many protocols to use safely

9/21/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

Some Hospitals Fail To Separate COVID-19 Patients


Combining patients can fuel its spread

9/21/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

Spray-On PPE Is Being Developed


The product would be used once a day and administered by a shelf-stable inhaler or nasal spray

9/18/2020 12:15:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

Material Shortages Hinders Mask Manufacturing


Meltblown textile is needed to make N95 masks

9/18/2020 12:00:00 AM

The Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus Healthcare Program Recognizes Healthcare Facility Tree Planting


A tree canopy has been called a critical component of community health infrastructure

9/18/2020 12:00:00 AM

Penn. Hospital Fire Sparks Shelter-in-Place Order For Area


Smoke from putting out a fire at UPMC Lock Haven could have been hazardous

9/18/2020 12:00:00 AM

How Hospitals Can Achieve Net-Zero Energy


Historically high energy users, hospitals do have a pathway to net-zero energy. These tips and real-world case studies illustrate how.

9/18/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity Not Just A Technology Problem


Continual education and reinforcement of staff is key

9/18/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

Laundry Practices A Key Part Of Infection Control


It’s an area that’s underappreciated in eldercare

9/17/2020 12:15:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

Access Control Strategies Can Help Curb Coronavirus Spread


Facility managers can turn to a number of solutions, ranging from no-tech to low-tech to high-tech

9/17/2020 12:00:00 AM

Health Systems Discovering Benefits Of Cloud


Facilities finally moving away from CDs

9/17/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: New Construction

Patients R Us: Former Toy Store To Become Outpatient Center


Penn State Health transforming big-box store near Harrisburg

9/17/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

Nursing Facilities Can Be Hotbeds For Bacteria


Infection control protocols are key to preventing spread

9/17/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: New Construction

Building Design, Construction And Operations Can Contribute To Sustainability


High-performance buildings that use fewer resources are healthier for people and the planet

9/17/2020 12:00:00 AM

Pandemic Makes Inspecting Nursing Homes Difficult


Regulators stuck without travel and face-to-face visits

9/16/2020 12:15:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

Water Chemistry Issues Suspend Surgeries At Washington Hospital


The water issue is affecting sterilization

9/16/2020 12:00:00 AM

Pa. Hospital Patient Suffering Third-Degree Burns In Operating Room Fire


Patient files suit against the UPMC Susquehanna’s Williamsport Regional Medical Center

9/16/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

Green Cleaning During The COVID-19 Pandemic


Facilities should pay attention about to what’s in their cleaning products

9/16/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Cybersecurity

Survey: Healthcare Facilities Not Keeping Up With Hackers


96 percent of IT professionals say data attackers are outpacing healthcare facilities in effectiveness

9/16/2020 12:00:00 AM

Regulations, Codes & Standards Q&A: Power Strips


Brad Keyes discusses regulations related to power strips

9/16/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

Decontamination May Solve Mask Shortage


With cold and flu season around the corner, new PPE shortages are feared

9/15/2020 12:15:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

Legionella At D.C. VA Hospital Cuts Off Water


The water was flushed and the water heated to eradicate any possible legionella bacteria

9/15/2020 12:00:00 AM

Mass Hospital Still Closed By Summer Flood Waters


Video on Campus Safety website shows water flooding Norwood Hospital

9/15/2020 12:00:00 AM

Most Abu Dhabi hospitals Now Digitally Connected


More than 60 percent connected one year from the launch of HIE platform

9/15/2020 12:00:00 AM

Pandemic Has Healthcare Facilities Increasing Focus On Patient Experience Efforts


Facilities are working on increasing access to care and deliver a better-than-expected service

9/15/2020 12:00:00 AM

Blog

Five Reasons Validated Water-Management Programs Are More Critical Than Ever


Many healthcare facilities may have experienced changes in their occupancy and water usage

9/15/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

N95 Masks Still Being Rationed At Minnesota Hospitals


State has more than 1 million masks in storage

9/14/2020 12:15:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

HAIs May Be Rising Amid Pandemic


COVID-19 has stretched the workforce of infection experts, possibly increasing hospital-acquired infections

9/14/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

Dozens Of Maryland Nursing Homes Cited For Infection Control Lapses


Ten have faced significant fines based on the inspection surveys, from $70,000 to $380,000

9/14/2020 12:00:00 AM

Managing Campus Visitors During the Pandemic


Visitor management begins at the door

9/14/2020 12:00:00 AM

Blog / Focus: New Construction

Four Keys To A Complex Healthcare Construction Project


Patient safety and operational continuity come above all else

9/14/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: New Construction

Pre-Fab Bathroom Pods Deliver Luxury To Go


The Christ Hospital Joint and Spine Center plugged in high-end modular bathrooms as part of its tight construction schedule

9/14/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

Idaho Nursing Homes Visited By State Inspectors With COVID-19


Inspectors didn't know they were infected

9/11/2020 12:15:00 AM

Whitepaper: How to Select Electrostatic Technology


Whitepaper identifies four critical elements to evaluate

9/11/2020 12:00:00 AM

Blog / Focus: Infection Control

Two Initiatives to Enhance Your Infection Prevention Programs


There are steps that you can take in two key areas — instrument processing and contact tracing — that can help enhance your infection prevention program

9/11/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

Pandemic Increases Importance of Infection Control Efforts


COVID-19 has increased the chance of infection for in-center dialysis patients

9/11/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: New Construction

Mayo's Tower Expansion Paused Indefinitely'


The proposed expansion would have included a seven-story hotel

9/11/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Cybersecurity

Tips For Medical Device Cybersecurity


Device cybersecurity called the biggest challenge hospitals face today

9/11/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

Healthcare Employees With COVID Say They’ve Been Asked To Work


Situation is approved by the CDC

9/10/2020 12:15:00 AM

Blog

The High Standards Faced By Hospital Facility Managers


Healthcare facility managers are held to high and sometimes impossible standards

9/10/2020 12:00:00 AM

La. Hospital Cares For Babies During Hurricane


The babies were moved to the main hospital in the system which has its own generator and was built to withstand hurricane force winds

9/10/2020 12:00:00 AM

Blog / Focus: New Construction

How to Keep Healthcare Construction Sites – and Patients – Safe and Healthy During a Pandemic


During the pandemic, we’re focusing on strengthening these longstanding procedures

9/10/2020 12:00:00 AM

Nurse Reports Cooling Issues At Texas Nursing Home For COVID Patients


Nurse sues - saying she was fired after report

9/10/2020 12:00:00 AM

Blog / Focus: New Construction

Battling Infection Through Construction And Design


Throughout history, how we design and inhabit physical space has been a primary defense against epidemics

9/10/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

Canadian Healthcare Facilities Seeing Resistance To In-Hospital Masking


Altercations witnessed when visitors are asked to wear mask in Alberta facility

9/9/2020 12:15:00 AM

Disinfectant Overuse May Have Caused Nurses' Illnesses At Vermont Hospital


Investigators were unable to pinpoint an exact reason why 21 nurses fell ill

9/9/2020 12:00:00 AM

Regulations, Codes & Standards Q&A: Evacuation Route Maps


Brad Keyes discusses regulations related to evacuation route maps

9/9/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

IPs and EVS Work Best Together With Give-And-Take


The COVID pandemic is bringing them teams together to discuss maintaining supplies of cleaning and disinfecting

9/9/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

COVID-19 Could Change Enhanced Assisted Living


Some assisted living providers are reevaluating their healthcare offerings

9/9/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Cybersecurity

Healthcare Facilities Have Complex Cybersecurity Risks


Nonprofit hospitals face greater risks from cyberattacks than any other sector

9/9/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

Return-to-School Issues Can Offer Lessons For Healthcare Facilities


Community living environments, such as universities and skilled nursing facilities, are challenging

9/8/2020 12:15:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

More Scrutiny Sought For Florida Coronavirus Isolation Centers


Some of the nursing homes have been cited for infection control issues

9/8/2020 12:00:00 AM

Minnesota Hospital Adds Halal Options To Patient Menu


Change at St. Cloud Hospital launched to better serve Muslim patients

9/8/2020 12:00:00 AM

Blog / Focus: Infection Control

How Healthcare Is Embracing Digital Technology And Contact Tracing To Fight Against COVID-19


Hospitals can utilize location technologies to support digital contact tracing and social distancing protocols

9/8/2020 12:00:00 AM

Pandemic Increasing Demand For Telemedicine


Health systems are struggling and adjusting to the changes

9/8/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

Balancing Infection Control With Green-Cleaning Efforts


There are good sustainable alternatives out there if healthcare professionals are 'willing to open their eyes and take a look'

9/8/2020 12:00:00 AM

Blog / Focus: Infection Control

How Healthcare Facilities Managers Have Become Unsung Heroes for Reducing the Spread of COVID-19


Healthcare facilities managers are making sure infrastructure doesn’t fail

9/4/2020 12:15:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

One In Eight UK Patients Caught COVID In Hospital


Researchers said that was a relatively low rate

9/4/2020 12:00:00 AM

Survey: COVID Hasn’t Changed Large Employers Support Of On-Site Clinics


More than half of employers surveyed said they already have an on-site clinics

9/4/2020 12:00:00 AM

Pa. Hospital System Dealing With Food Service Problem


Patients skipping meals and resorting to snacks

9/4/2020 12:00:00 AM

Designing Healthcare Facilities with Mass Notification in Mind


These systems also offer flexible options for healthcare facilities to reach people via on-premises and mobile devices, as well as create groups and zones to target messages

9/4/2020 12:00:00 AM

Blog

Preparing For A Hurricane In The Middle Of A Pandemic


Facilities must routinely research and update plans in order to reduce damage, remain open and recover quickly

9/3/2020 12:00:00 AM

Healthcare Foodservice Operations Had To Pivot During the Pandemic


Many hospitals received donations from local businesses

9/3/2020 12:00:00 AM

Two Twin Cities Hospitals Hit With OSHA Penalties Over COVID-19


United, North Memorial fined for PPE, staff-safety violations

9/3/2020 12:00:00 AM

Hospital Airflow Crucial For Infection Prevention


There is a lot that can be done in indoor air management to decrease transmission of infections

9/3/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

California Hospital Workers Say They're Not Being Protected


Ad hoc COVID-19 medical centers are often remote and security is often a lower priority

9/2/2020 12:15:00 AM

Focus: New Construction

Wisconsin Healthcare Project Uses Prefab Components


New ambulatory health center cut a month off of its construction time

9/2/2020 12:00:00 AM

Case Study

Sound Masking Project Creates Healing Environment


Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel’s patient-room design presented several acoustic challenges

9/2/2020 12:00:00 AM

Promote Healing And Create Energy-Efficient Environments With Modern Lighting Design And Controls


Healthcare facilities can employ advanced lighting design strategies to improve patient and visitor comfort

9/2/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Cybersecurity

Temporary Hospitals Have Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities


Ad hoc COVID-19 medical centers are often remote and security is often a lower priority

9/2/2020 12:00:00 AM

Regulations, Codes & Standards Q&A: Eyewash Stations


Brad Keyes discusses regulations related to eyewash stations

9/2/2020 12:00:00 AM

Blog / Focus: New Construction

Healthcare Projects Benefiting From Modular Construction


Modular construction translates into reductions in cost, risk, material waste and construction times

9/1/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

Some Healthcare Workers Need Convincing To Wear Masks


Some healthcare workers still believe COVID is a farce or it doesn't really exist

9/1/2020 12:00:00 AM

Healthcare Parking Lots Can Be Hazardous To Workers


Investigation shows security measures lacking

9/1/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: Infection Control

Baltimore-Area Hospitals Easing Visitor Restrictions


Some visitors are being encouraged to stay in the hospital rather than come and go

9/1/2020 12:00:00 AM

Focus: New Construction

New Indiana Hospital Designed To Be Environmentally Friendly


Energy-efficient La Porte Hospital to include technological amenities

9/1/2020 12:00:00 AM



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