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In new video, health executives urge colleagues to develop sustainable operations
Health Care Without Harm Share
Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm, in support of the Healthier Hospital Initiative, have produced the first in a series of videos and other materials that will help hospital administrators and C-Suite personnel understand the urgency and importance of developing sustainable hospital operations. The video, "Leading the Health Care Sector to Sustainability," features hospital executives, medical experts and leaders of supporting institutions, who conclude that sustainable health care is not just in the interest of patients and public health, but can generate savings to individual hospitals and reduce the nation's health care bill. More
Kaiser seeks big ideas for small hospitals
California Healthline Share
If you have a notion about what the hospital of the future should look like, Kaiser Permanente wants to hear from you. The nation's largest not-for-profit health care system is launching an open hospital design competition looking for new ways to deliver care in a small hospital. More
Celebrate Earth Day April 22
Practice Greenhealth Share
Join Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm for free webinars on climate change and public health in celebration of Earth Day activities! Two webinars, the week before Earth Day, one for administrators, April 12, and one for clinicians, April 14, will focus on the health effects of climate change and the role of the health care sector. Both webinars will be recorded and available for your use anytime during Earth Week. Learn more and register here.
While a commitment to human health and the environment is demonstrated at your facility or organization every day, Earth Day and Earth Week celebrations are recognized as THE national time for education and celebration around that commitment. Earth Day activities in hospitals and health care settings traditionally include tree planting, park clean up, lectures, farmer's markets, fairs, departmental green competitions and more. The opportunities are as diverse as Practice Greenhealth membership organizations! Learn more about celebrating, promoting and sharing your Earth Day activities.
NIOSH seeks insights from health care workers on chemical health, safety practices
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health invites health care personnel to participate voluntarily in an online survey about health and safety practices in working with hazardous chemicals on the job. The survey is open until March 26. The voluntary survey can be accessed at www.niosh-healthcare-survey.org. You will be asked for an organization key, which is: HCWS
Individual responses will be kept confidential, and no personal identifiers will be recorded. The survey will take about 30 minutes to complete.
Results of the survey will help NIOSH better understand the extent to which health care personnel may be exposed to chemical agents such as antineoplastic agents, anesthetic gases, surgical smoke, high-level disinfectants, chemical sterilants, aerosolized medications and the circumstances of potential exposures. Results also will help NIOSH to better learn and understand current practices for reducing potential exposures, to identify gaps in current knowledge about those practices, and to design further research in collaboration with our partners for addressing those gaps. More
What hospitals can learn from the Ritz
Fortune Magazine Share
Henry Ford Health System's newest hospital, a $360-million facility with all private rooms, concierge service and indoor farmer's market is a radical, risky move for health care. But it just might be a logical one, too. More
A fresh start: Keeping infections out of your new facility
OSHA Healthcare Advisor Share
In the infection prevention profession, there are very few occasions where you get a fresh start a chance to start over from scratch with a zero infection rate, even for just a few minutes. It's an opportunity much infection preventions' dream about: to walk into a brand new hospital and start fighting infections on equal terms. More
Is your hospital embracing its ED?
Becker's Hospital Review Share
Like a large family, hospitals are careful to spread resources and attention evenly so as not to create resentment among departments. However, one department may not be receiving the attention it deserves: the emergency department. Patient volume in EDs has been on the uptick year after year, and now health care reform is making many hospitals rethink their ED efficiency, space and strategies. More
Remote IT allows docs to care for ICU patients from a distance
When Leo Dufault had what should have been a fatal heart attack almost three years ago, it was an alert bystander who knew CPR that kept him alive. But when he was at a community hospital, it was a critical care physician who was 25 miles away who saved his life through a remote IT system. More
Services and maintenance: Getting a handle on waste
Today's Facility Manager Share
As the world moves toward a greener economy, more and more facility managers are tasked with creating sustainable waste management plans for their facilities. By diverting recyclable and reusable materials from their waste streams, fms help their organizations realize numerous economic, environmental, regulatory and public relations benefits. More
The growth in green hospital cleaning
With so many industries going green these days, it makes perfect sense that hospital cleaning would embrace green methods. Many hospitals and medical facilities are looking to find ways to clean their establishments in ways that not only protect employees and patients but also the environment. These methods go beyond simply reducing the number of chemicals used in hospital cleaning to include a reduction in the amount of disposable materials and other waste that could end up in the environment. More