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ASHE celebrates award recipients at Annual Conference

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The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association is recognizing outstanding members for their dedication to improving the health care physical environment. ASHE presented the awards during its 52nd Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition July 12-15 in Boston.

 

ASHE recognizes hospitals for cutting energy consumption

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Topics: Sustainability

More than 20 hospitals have earned an Energy to Care Award for their work to slash energy use, reduce operational costs, and free up more resources for patient care. The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association recognized the hospitals’ efforts at its 52nd Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition July 12-15 in Boston.

 

New scholarship provides opportunity to attend ASHE conference

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A new scholarship provides continuing education funding for facility professionals and others involved in optimizing the health care physical environment. ASHE recognized the first group of recipients of the Ilse B. Almanza Scholarship at its 52nd Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition July 12-15 in Boston. The scholarship paid the way for 12 ASHE members to attend the conference and benefit from education and networking opportunities.

FCC moves to allow unlicensed devices to operate on Channel 37

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Topics: WMTS

The Federal Communications Commission recently approved rules to allow unlicensed devices to operate on the same channel as the Wireless Medical Telemetry Service used by hospitals for patient monitoring devices. While the commission provided a mechanism for increasing the size of the adopted protection zones on a hospital-by-hospital basis, the American Hospital Association expressed concern that the rules will not adequately protect many WMTS systems from interference by these unlicensed devices. 

ASHE announces election winners

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ASHE members have elected a new president-elect and new members of the ASHE Board of Directors. Russell Harbaugh, CHEP, was chosen as ASHE president-elect. Harbaugh will serve as president-elect in 2016 and will assume the role of ASHE president in 2017. 

ASHE works with other organizations to issue new OR humidity guidance

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Topics: Codes and standards, Equipment, Facility management, Infection prevention

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. 

More than 1,000 health care facilities now a part of Energy to Care

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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 wins facility management award for reducing falls

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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.

 

Recognizing health care’s behind-the-scenes heroes

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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 launches new website design

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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.

 

Hospitals encouraged to review security plans after Paris attacks

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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. 

 

Joint Commission will emphasize management of clinical alarms starting Jan. 1, 2016

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Subject Matter: Issue brief/advocacy alert | Topics: Codes and standards, Equipment, Facility management, Risk management

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.

On Demand page offers free learning sessions

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Subject Matter: Article | Topics: Accreditation, Architecture, Codes and standards, Commissioning, Construction, Design, Emergency preparedness, Facility engineering, Facility management, Infection prevention, Maintenance, Management/leadership/training, Patient satisfaction/patient care, Planning, Safety/security, Sustainability

ASHE’s new On Demand Learning pages offers free webinar and conference recordings to members on a variety of subjects.

CDC project focuses on infection control

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Subject Matter: Article | Topics: Infection prevention

ASHE, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Health Research & Educational Trust of the American Hospital Association are launching a three-year initiative to improve the implementation of infection prevention and control efforts in U.S. hospitals.

Latest Inside ASHE explores the Triple Aim

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Subject Matter: Article | Topics: Planning

The spring edition of Inside ASHE focuses on ways health care professionals can contribute to health care’s Triple Aim: improved health, better patient experiences, and lower costs.

Changes to the 2018 codes

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Subject Matter: Article | Topics: Codes and standards

ASHE members can help shape the 2018 codes by participating in the NFPA code development process—specifically, by participating in the 2017 NFPA conference and technical meetings.

FAQs on the new CMS Conditions of Participation

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Subject Matter: Article | Topics: Codes and standards

In 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) adopted new Conditions of Participation that incorporated the 2012 editions of NFPA 101 and NFPA 99. CMS recently provided ASHE with the following guidance on some frequently asked questions regarding the new CMS requirements.

CMS working on emergency preparedness rule

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Subject Matter: Article | Topics: Codes and standards

At the ASHE Annual Conference last week in Denver, a representative from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) confirmed that the agency is currently working on emergency management requirements for hospitals.

CMS issues new emergency preparedness rule

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Subject Matter: Article | Topics: Codes and standards

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued new emergency preparedness requirements for health care facilities that will require emergency plans; policies and procedures; a communication plan; and training and testing.

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