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Better design means fewer falls

September 20, 2017


According to The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury or death among people 65 and older. According to the American Geriatric Society, most falls for this population occur in hospitals and nursing homes, …

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New approaches to controlling infections

May 17, 2017


Drug resistant bacteria are a consistent concern in hospitals and healthcare facilities. No matter how well your cleaning crew cleans, there are still going to be bacteria and spores left behind. Studies show that less than half of surfaces are …

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Active Shooter Planning and Response

April 5, 2017


According to a study in Annals of Emergency Medicine, from 2000-2011 the United States had 154 hospital-related shootings. An FBI study noted that from 2000-2013, active shooter incidents have become more frequent. The first seven years of their study show …

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Hospital employe noise reduction strategies

Hospital employee noise reduction strategies

May 11, 2016


The noise levels in modern healthcare facilities impact not only patients’ ability to sleep, but also anxiety and stress. It can also negatively affect providers’ abilities to properly care for their patients. In one famous case, noise fatigue led a staff member to turn off a patient’s beeping heart monitor.

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The Invasion of Superbugs in Your Healthcare Facility Continues

The Invasion of Superbugs in Your Healthcare Facility Continues

September 28, 2015


Despite some improvements, plenty of opportunities remain for preventing and eliminating healthcare associated infections (HAIs), a headache for facilities managers that can be costly for healthcare facilities wanting to avoid reimbursement penalties from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. …

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HHS Releases Active Shooter Planning Guide

HHS Releases Active Shooter Planning Guide

February 25, 2015


With the recent passage of a California law that requires hospitals to develop more comprehensive workplace violence plans, the next step in helping healthcare facilities become safer has arrived, thanks to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Late …

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Are Healthcare-Associated Infection Rates Improving?

Are Healthcare-Associated Infection Rates Improving?

February 20, 2015


Preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) at hospitals and clinics has become very important in the facility management world, particularly over the past two years. This increased recognition of the spread of infectious diseases has come at the right time as healthcare …

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Managing/Embracing Change at Your Facility by Example

Managing/Embracing Change at Your Facility by Example

January 26, 2015


Change is not merely necessary to life… It is life. Alvin Toffler Growing a capable team of leaders is vitally important to the success of any facilities manager who can’t be everywhere 24/7. Successfully honing the skills described in a …

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Are You Taking Advantage of ASHRAE's Free Services?

Are You Taking Advantage of ASHRAE’s Free Services?

January 20, 2015


From time to time in this space, we share some of the latest in free tools, from Building Industry Reporting and Design for Sustainability (BIRDS) to Smart Grid technology and the Building Energy Quotient (bEQ) program, in hopes of making …

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Facilities Managers: Do You Manage Leaders or Followers?

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