Briefings Healthcare Environmental Services
July 24, 2008
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Hospitals Beginning to Specify HLAC Accreditation in Laundry Bids
from American Laundry News
Hospitals are beginning to specify in bids for laundry services that providers be accredited by the Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC), according to some accredited laundries that have monitored bid requests during the past six months. “A year ago, you wouldn’t have seen a bid with language that ‘the awarded bidder will be HLAC-accredited,’” says Bob Pfeifer, district manager of Sodexo’s Eastern region. “And now the accreditation requirement is occurring with greater frequency in my region.” More

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Hospital Employment Climbs 0.07 Percent in June
from AHA News Now
Employment at the nation's hospitals rose 0.07 percent in June to a seasonally adjusted 4,635,900 people, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. That's 3,100 more than in May and 122,500 more than a year ago. More

Mercury in Compact Fluorescent Lamps Spurs Superfund Research
from Environmantal Factor
The Superfund Basic Research Program (SBRP) laboratory of Robert Hurt, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation at Brown University, is studying mercury vapor release from broken and spent compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). A member of the Hurt Lab at Brown, senior Natalie Johnson, is the lead author on a new study reporting the lab’s latest findings, titled “Mercury Vapor Release from Broken Compact Fluorescent Lamps and In Situ Capture by New Nanomaterial Sorbents”. More

Are We Still in the Dark Ages of Sharps Safety?
from Infection Control Today
For as long as there have been sharp medical devices and instruments, healthcare workers have been injuring themselves. But it wasn’t until 1981 that the healthcare community started learning about the extent of these injuries through the efforts of Dennis Maki, MD, and Rita McCormick, RN, CIC, of the University of Wisconsin Hospitals, who were poised to publish the very first systematic study of needlestick injuries (NSIs) in the United States. Maki and McCormick investigated 316 reported NSIs occurring between 1975 and 1979, which represented one-third of the hospitals’ work-related accidents. They examined how the sticks occurred and what could be done to reduce or prevent these injuries, including not recapping used needles, and making widely available (and promoting use of) an efficient needle disposal system. More

State-of-the-Art Hospital is Future of Health Service
from The Falkirk Herald
Patients and medical staff are eagerly awaiting the opening of the new acute hospital being built at Larbert to serve the entire Forth Valley. The state-of-the-art facility is being constructed by Laing O'Rourke on 130 hectares of NHS-owned land, which formerly housed the Royal Scottish National Hospital. More

Get Ready for Environmental Services Week
from ASHES
ES Week is September 14-20, 2008. Show support and appreciation for Healthcare Environmental Services and Housekeeping Departments with exclusive gifts from the American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES). Celebrate with products featuring the official ASHES theme; “Quality People, Safe Environment, Excellent Results”. More

Hospitals Win AHA NOVA Awards
from AHA News Now
Five hospital-led programs to improve community health will receive the 2008 AHA NOVA Award at the AHA-Health Forum Leadership Summit July 26 in San Diego. The programs are: ENERGIZE! Pediatric Diabetes Intervention Program, WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh, NC; Every Child Succeeds, Cincinnati (OH) Children’s Hospital Medical Center; Memorial Hermann Health Centers for Schools, Houston, TX; Nutrition Center for Maine, Saint Mary’s Health System, Lewiston, ME; and the Partnership for Community Health, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco. More



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