ASHE is working with several other organizations to address issues related to temperature, humidity, and ventilation requirements for hospital operating rooms and sterile processing departments. While these organizations work to create more unified standards and guidelines outlining these HVAC requirements, ASHE and other groups have issued important interim guidance for health care organizations and others affected by these regulations.
The Energy to Care benchmarking and awards program run by the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) reached an important milestone recently when the 1,000th facility joined the free program. Since 2009, hospitals participating in the program have tracked more than $67 million in energy savings.
St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida, won the 2015 Excellence in Health Care Facility Management Award for its project aimed at reducing common area slips, trips, and falls. The award, presented by the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association and sponsored by Trane, was announced during National Health Care Facility and Engineering Week Oct. 25-31.
During National Health Care Facilities & Engineering Week last week, ASHE and many other organizations used social media to spread the word about the important work performed by health care facility professionals. Many facility managers, engineers, architects, and constructors participated in ASHE’s social media challenge, where we asked members to post about why facility professionals are behind-the-scenes heroes.
ASHE has redesigned its website so that it is easier to navigate and more mobile-friendly. The new site uses easier-to-read text and a more responsive design to make it easy to access information from smart phones. The website was also reorganized to make it easier for members to find the information they need.
A group coordinating preparedness activities for the Department of Health and Human Services are urging hospitals to review and exercise their security plans after the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. The group is also providing resources on security, such as active shoot planning resources.
The Joint Commission will emphasize management of clinical alarms starting Jan. 1, 2016, as part of its National Patient Safety Goal on clinical alarms. To comply with Joint Commission requirements, hospitals and critical access hospitals need to establish and implement policies and procedures for managing clinical alarms. ASHE members are encouraged to share this information with their clinical, risk management, and engineering team to make sure they are prepared to meet this requirement.