This collection of articles will help health care facilities professionals understand and prepare for new trends that experts anticipate emerging in the near future of our field.
Using the Health Care Physical Environment to Prevent and Control Infection is the result of a three-year initiative of the Centers for Disease Control... read more
This monograph describes a literature study of the 886 requirements defined in ANSI/ASHE/ASHRAE Standard 170 Ventilation of Health Care Facilities to determine which requirements are supported by engineering and/or scientific evidence.
The Building Automation Alarm Management Tool will assist facility managers in creating standards within the Building Automation System and defining the appropriate response to each alarm type.
This new tool, developed by ASHE’s advocacy task force, can help facility managers determine which requirements can be completed in-house and the possible cost benefits of each.
This Environment of Care (EC) sample planning spreadsheet can help facility professionals track time frames for various EC testing intervals to ensure they aren’t missed.
This training video provides a brief explanation on how temperature and relative humidity affect one another.
ASHE has created a spreadsheet showing the calculations for a range of temperatures. Click the button below to download this spreadsheet.
Today You Are Health Care provides an overview of important issues in health care construction directed at... read more
To help members understand the possible patient and staff safety risks, ASHE has developed a list of potential ligature points and other self-harm concerns for behavioral health areas.
This tool will help to ensure that ASHE members understand what is required as they prepare for surveys by The Joint Commission and other accrediting bodies.
The Barrier Management Symposium Video Series dives into smoke and fire barrier management, as well as other fire resistance methods.
This monograph includes information, tips, and case studies to help health care facilities reduce energy use. Topics include procurement, benchmarking, new construction, funding of energy projects, and more.
This monograph provides a step-by-step model for building a business case in support of energy resiliency investments in health care facilities. It also includes other best practices and ways to support resiliency.
This monograph covers the mechanics of LED lighting and shows relevant applications in health care facilities. It explains how hospitals can use LEDs to save resources and improve the patient and staff experience.
ASHE's new emergency preparedness tool helps to prepare for emergencies and ensure a compliant and safe physical environment.
Capital renewal programs help facility leaders allocate capital for facility projects. This monograph, based on best practices in capital renewal, explains 12 key elements of an effective capital renewal program.
Many factors influence whether a health care organization choose to apply the most recent edition of NFPA 101: Life Safety Code® to a project. This monograph provides an... read more
The Inspecting and Maintaining Swinging Doors Handbook translates into layman’s terms the codes and requirements for door safety in today’s... read more
This monograph defines eight competencies essential to health care facility management, addresses the emerging need for competencies related to real... read more
ASHE has created a new crosswalk that compares K-Tags with Joint Commission, NFPA, and International Code Council requirements.
ASHE's Life Safety Risk Assessment Tool, a matrix of risk tolerance, allows for an organization to document the severity of occurrence and the impact of a deficiency.
ASHE's Useful Service Life (USL) Assessment Tool and Facilities Condition Index (FCI) Calculator tool will allow you to calculate your infrastructure health.
Many health care facilities are in need of greater investment to improve the country’s health care infrastructure—including areas that will improve safety and... read more
The 2017 ASHE Advocacy Report includes articles on improving codes, code compliance, and outreach.
This new monograph outlines a standard method to calculate the area of health care spaces.
This monograph shows health care facility managers how to conduct succession planning for their departments and shows individuals in all positions how to develop a path for personal career development.
In the past, with energy costs largely regulated and therefore fixed, hospital engineers simply purchased energy directly from local utilities. Today,... read more
This monograph is an outcome of the Healthcare Leadership Initiative on Maintenance of Power, a project of ASHE and Powered for Patients aimed at... read more
This monograph gives guidance to health care facilities on how to comply with ASHRAE Standard 188: Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water... read more
This monograph provides a detailed checklist that can be used to gather data and answer fundamental questions associated with the architectural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing,... read more
Facility departments provide value to their organizations in a variety of ways, including... read more
This website provides articles, monographs, and tools to help members understand the new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rule on emergency preparedness.
This webpage includes several resources aimed at preventing workplace violence, active shooters, and other security issues at health care facilities.
This regulatory advisory from the American Hospital Association explains CMS's emergency preparedness rule and provides hospitals with next steps to comply with the new regulations.
This Inside ASHE article recaps the 2016 ASHE Annual Conference and provides a summary of regulatory news discussed at the conference, including Joint Commission changes and CMS emergency preparedness.
This Inside ASHE article announces the 2016 Energy to Care award winners.
This Inside ASHE article explains Energy to Care competitions and how they drive energy savings.
This Inside ASHE article shows how four hospitals reduced their energy consumption.
This Inside ASHE article summarizes information on improving the patient experience from the 2016 PDC Summit.
This Inside ASHE article explains how to get the most out of your hospital's electricity service and explains the basics of utility bills.
This Inside ASHE article explains how Memorial Hermann Southwest Heart and Vascular Hospital has cut energy costs.
This Inside ASHE article provides strategies for health care organizations to save resources through sustainability efforts.
This Inside ASHE article shows how to benchmark operations and maintenance in health care facilities.
This Inside ASHE article explains how to differentiate between various types of medical and hazardous waste in health care facilities.
This Inside ASHE article explains how a hospital used a unified workflow to create efficiency.
This Inside ASHE article shows how to transition a new facility from construction to operations and asset management.
This ASHE chart shows members each requirement of the new CMS emergency preparedness rule; gives a summary of CMS’s reasoning behind the... read more
This alert explains new CMS emergency preparedness requirements for health care facilities that will require emergency plans; policies and procedures; a communication plan; and training and testing.
The 2016 ASHE Advocacy Report includes articles on improving codes, code compliance, and outreach.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has adopted the 2012 edition of NFPA 101. The 2012 edition contains a new chapter on... read more
This Focus on Compliance webpage provides information on common noncompliance areas, including items being supported from sprinkler systems, inadequate sprinkler maintenance, and obstructions being stored within 18" of a sprinkler head.
In this Annual Conference session recording, ASHE's codes and standards experts discuss emerging codes and standards issues facing health care facilities and offer answers to specific questions on codes including NFPA 101 and NFPA 99.
This 2016 Annual Conference session recording provides an overview of NFPA 99:Health Care Facilities Code, including topics such as... read more
This ASHE Annual Conference session recording covers Chapter 43 of the 2012 edition of NFPA 101, which provides clarification on levels of building renovations and when compliance with new construction would be required.
This Annual Conference session recording covers the 2008 edition of ASHRAE 170 and addenda as referenced by the 2012 edition of NFPA 99. With CMS adopting ASHRAE 170 as a Condition of Participation, it is critical to understand this standard.
CMS has adopted the 2012 edition of NFPA 101, and this ASHE Annual Conference session recording will introduce... read more
This ASHE Annual Conference session recording provides an overview of NFPA 101: Life Safety Code®, including topics such as occupancy classification, components of the means of egress, doors, suites, interior finish, and more.
This ASHE video outlines changes made in 2016 to the CMS Conditions of Participation regulating health care facilities.
This ASHE Annual session recording explores the unique risks in health care facilities, emergency... read more
CMS is making a correction to its rule adopting the 2012 editions of NFPA 101 and NFPA 99. The correction, which was published in the Federal Register on... read more
ASHE is providing members with guidance and answers to frequently asked questions regarding the new Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Conditions of Participation, which took effect July 5, 2016.
This recording of a webinar from May 27, 2016, gives a practical guide on how to inspect swinging fire doors with builders hardware. This resource is available as part of ASHE's Focus on Compliance project with the Joint Commission.
This webinar covers the core elements of hand hygiene best practices for both the health care provider and support team as well as strategies to engage patients in the hand hygiene program.
This article explains occupancy types for ambulatory surgical centers.
The 2012 edition of NFPA 101 contains numerous... read more
This webinar features 2016 Vista Award recipients. They discuss how project teams can work together to... read more
This article explains what the CMS adoption of the 2012 Life Safety Code means for hospitals.
This website provides articles, monographs, and tools to help members understand the new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Conditions of Participation now that CMS has adopted the 2012 edition of NFPA 101: Life Safety Code.
This advocacy alert from May 3, 2016, explains the CMS adoption of the 2012 editions of NFPA 101 and NFPA 99.
This On Demand recording discusses case studies of hospitals that have addressed health care design challenges. The recording also shows how the Center for Health Design is collecting research to offer new approaches to common challenges.
This webinar recording explores ways to increase awareness and reporting of workplace violence in... read more
This webinar details the impact of the 2012 edition of NFPA 101 on new health care facilities.
This webpages includes resources on maintaining building and fire protection features to comply with Joint Commission standard LS.02.01.10.
This checklist can help health care facilities inspect fire doors to ensure compliance with Joint Commission standard LS.02.01.10.
This sample policy and procedure, a Word document that you can amend for use in your facility, covers the above-the-ceiling permitting to comply with Joint Commission standard LS.02.01.10.
This Word document, which you can customize for use in your facility, is a sample above ceiling permit to help health care facilities comply with Joint Commission standard LS.02.01.10.
This guide, a collaboration with Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence and the Health Research and Educational Trust of the American Hospital Association,... read more
This webinar recording from March 31, 2016, explains firestopping and barrier management in health care facilities.
This Inside ASHE article explains a new CDC-ASHE project aimed at reducing health care associated infections through better facility and design.
This Inside ASHE article explores resources to support Health Care's Triple Aim: improved patient experiences, better population health, and lower costs.
This Inside ASHE article presents the 2016 Vista Award winners and the projects they completed.
This Inside ASHE article covers emergency management mobile technology.
This Inside ASHE article describes how to use engineering and equipment planning to create successful operating room spaces.
This Inside ASHE article shows ways facility professionals can work with the C-Suite to gain support for infrastructure projects before systems fail.
This Inside ASHE article discusses ways to improve thermal comfort and the patient experience. It details six factors that contribute to thermal comfort and ways hospitals can measure and improve it.
This Inside ASHE article details ways to ensure that sterile processing departments are working properly and gives information on SPD flow.
This Inside ASHE article shows how Children's Health in Dallas found ways to save on utility costs through supply side energy initiatives.
This Inside ASHE article show how Seattle Children's adapted a former big box retail location into a health care clinic.
This ASHE webpage houses several resources on using power strips, or relocatable power taps (RPTs), in patient care areas.
This webinar recording highlights the impact of the 2012 edition of NFPA 101 will have on existing health care facilities and the rationale behind the changes from the 2000 edition.
This PowerPoint presentation details LS.02.01.20 and locking requirements included in the Life Safety Code.
This document explains how to create a complete inventory and comply with Joint Commission standard EC.02.03.05.
This document explains how to document maintenance, testing, and inspection of fire safety systems to comply with Joint Commission standard EC.02.03.05.
This document explains how to document standards to comply with Joint Commission standard EC.02.03.05.
This webpage shows hospitals how to maintain fire safety equipment and fire safety building features, and how to comply with Joint Commission Standard EC.02.03.05.
This document explains how to document activities such as inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire alarm systems to comply with Joint Commission standard EC.02.03.05.
This document provides a checklist for hospitals to document the inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire safety equipment and fire safety building systems under Joint Commission standard EC.02.03.05.
This document for ambulatory facilities can be used to document inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire safety equipment and fire safety building systems under Joint Commission standard EC.02.03.05.
The 2015 ASHE Advocacy Report includes articles on improving codes, code compliance, and outreach.