Briefings Healthcare Environmental Services
June 12, 2008
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Hospitals Going ‘Green’
from STL Today
Health care facilities — which experts say are among the largest users of energy and water in their communities — are focusing more on shrinking their environmental footprint. Hospitals, physician offices and outpatient centers locally and across the country say they're building and buying green. More

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Hospital Employment Climbs 0.30 percent in May
from AHA News Now
Employment at the nation's hospitals rose 0.30 percent in May to a seasonally adjusted 4,631,700 people, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this week. More

Advances in C. Difficile Research
from Science Daily
New research into the toxins, virulence, spread and prevention of the superbug Clostridium difficile is reported in the June special issue of the Journal of Medical Microbiology. These findings will play a crucial role in providing us with ammunition in the fight against a sometimes deadly pathogen. More

Connecticut Hospital Raises Bar on Patient Care
On the second floor of the Hospital of Central Connecticut at Bradley Memorial, registered nurse Jennifer Warren is caring for her patients in an entirely different way. On Wednesday morning, she waved a small, PDA-like device above the identification bracelet of Donald Lee, a 77-year-old Cheshire resident who was awaiting a hernia operation. The device scans a bar code on the patient's ID bracelet, making sure he's receiving the correct medication at the proper time. More

Wildflower Extracts Easily Kill MRSA Superbug
from Natural News
Extracts from two Eurasian wildflowers are highly effective at killing the superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to a study conducted by researchers at the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) in Ireland. More

Bay Area Hospital Earns Seal of Approval
from The World
Bay Area Hospital earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for compliance with national standards for health care quality and safety, according to a hospital press release. The accreditation award followed an unannounced, on-site evaluation. More

AHA Comments on Impatient Proposed Rule
from AHA News Now
The AHA this week commented on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed rule for the fiscal year 2009 inpatient prospective payment system. CMS proposes to expand to 17 the number of Hospital-Acquired Conditions for which it will no longer provide payment in FY 2009. AHA’s position on the Hospital-Acquired Conditions section of the IPPS rule can be found on page 13 of the comment letter. More

Easing the Flow
Faced with high occupancy levels, Howard University Hospital, Washington, has opened a discharge lounge, where patients ready to go home can relax until their rides show up. More

Environmental Services (ES) Department of the Year Award
from ASHES
Entries are now being accepted for the second annual Environmental Services (ES) Department of the Year Award. The award recognizes best practices in cleaning the built environment and was jointly created by Health Facilities Management magazine and the American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES). Cintas Corp., Cincinnati, is sponsoring the contest. More

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