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
Articles and regulatory advisories for hospitals on registering wireless medical telemetry service (WMTS) equipment
In response to growing concern about interference from new digital television transmitters and from low-power television transmitters, as well as greater use of private land mobile radio equipment, the... 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
Today You Are Health Care provides an overview of important issues in health care construction directed at... read more
This training video provides a brief explanation on how temperature and relative humidity affect one another.
ASHE's Useful Service Life (USL) Assessment Tool and Facilities Condition Index (FCI) Calculator tool will allow you to calculate your infrastructure health.
Links to USP <797> text.
ASHE has created a spreadsheet showing the calculations for a range of temperatures. Click the button below to download this spreadsheet.
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.
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 provided PowerPoint template can be used to create manual or electronic documentation for sprinkler system information, including valve locations and functions and areas served.... read more
This checklist can be used to help evaluate a facility's compliance with certain elements of the 2010 Joint Commission Environment of Care and Life Safety standards that might be... read more
This comprehensive security assessment form provides a checklist for hospitals to assess their security programs, including a security management plan, training, reporting procedures, keys and locks, procedures for high-risk areas, and so on.
This sample power strip policy document created by ASHE can be adjusted to fit your facility’s needs. It discusses the use of relocatable power taps (RPTs).
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
A new ASHE monograph explores risk assessment of medical equipment—a key part of the Joint Commission’s Environment of Care Management Plans. The monograph,... read more
This webpage includes several resources aimed at preventing workplace violence, active shooters, and other security issues at health care facilities.
This website provides articles, monographs, and tools to help members understand the new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rule on emergency preparedness.
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 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 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 ASHE webpage houses several resources on using power strips, or relocatable power taps (RPTs), in patient care areas.
This advisory addresses news stories about the potential for a higher occurrence of Legionella spp. in electronic-eye faucets that raised some concern among the... read more
This advisory clarifies that certain manuals from the Joint Commission erroneously published the time frame requirements for testing fire and smoke... read more
This advisory explains the 2009 Joint Commission revised requirements for the Hospital Accreditation Program.
This advisory provides members with guidance on how to prepare for swine flu cases.
This advisory from 2011 explains that at a NFPA Technical Meeting debates ended with the acceptance by the NFPA membership of the 2012 edition of NFPA 99: Standard for Health Care Facilities.
This checklist produced by the Greater New York Hospital Association itemizes potential facility issues for review after a disaster and is not to be construed as... 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
Facility departments provide value to their organizations in a variety of ways, including... read more
This pre-move and occupancy coordination checklist was developed by the 2008 Planning, Design, and Construction Committee to help track and monitor activities associated with... read more
The 2014 Guidelines for Health Care Facilities: Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities is proposing to add... read more
Waste takes on many forms (discrete, synergistic, and systemic) in the project delivery processes that have been instilled in us over the past 100 years.... read more
While the planning and design of health care facilities represents only a small part of the overall cost of a building over its lifetime, if properly... read more
Operating Room HVAC setback has the potential to save significant energy and operating costs but has not yet been widely implemented for a variety... read more
Conventional commissioning practices designed to produce high performance health facilities frequently fail to yield their intended results. The... read more
While there are currently about 100 hospitals in the United States with hybrid capability, that number is expected to increase by 15 percent each year... read more
Due to the combination of aging facilities, thin operating margins, and competing needs for capital, many hospitals have obsolete, inefficient, and... 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 webinar recording explores ways to increase awareness and reporting of workplace violence in... read more
This webinar demonstrates ASHE’s health care FSES tool and provides the information needed to present alternative compliance solutions for your facility through use of NFPA 101A methodology.
This webinar details the impact of the 2012 edition of NFPA 101 on new health care facilities.
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 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.
The 2012 edition of NFPA 101 contains numerous... read more
This webinar recording explains how a well-designed emergency power system can help health care facilities provide uninterrupted patient care and comfort during routine power outages—as well as during unplanned outages.
This recorded webinar provides a brief overview of the 2012 edition of NFPA 101: Life Safety Code® with specific emphasis on health care occupancy chapters.
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 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 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.
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 recorded webinar discusses the collaboration between ASHE and the Joint Commission to create new compliance resources.
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 webinar recording introduces viewers to the idea that the built environment and influence organizational culture and that the confluence of the two factors can have a significant impact on patient satisfaction.
This recorded webinar discusses the latest information about an important Federal Communications Commission decision that will allow unlicensed... read more
CMS has adopted the 2012 edition of NFPA 101, and this ASHE Annual Conference session recording will introduce... read more
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.
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 ASHE video outlines changes made in 2016 to the CMS Conditions of Participation regulating health care facilities.
This webinar features 2016 Vista Award recipients. They discuss how project teams can work together to... read more
This ASHE Annual session recording explores the unique risks in health care facilities, emergency... read more
Formal interpretations of the 2000 edition of NFPA 101: Life Safety Code® issued by the National Fire Protection Association
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.
The fundamental goal of the Request for Proposal (RFP) process is to solicit and evaluate architectural and engineering (A&E), construction management (CM), and... read more
This monograph explores the role of the health care environment in infection prevention and control. Written by Farhad Memarzadeh, director of the Division of Technical... read more
The audience for this monograph is facilities executives, maintenance staff, designers, and installers. This monograph describes the search, selection, installation,... read more
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.
The lack of empirical data on the nature of plug loads in the health care setting requires designers to estimate plug load based on simultaneous peak use of equipment.... read more
General Chapter <797>, “Pharmaceutical Compounding-Sterile Preparations,” of the U.S. Pharmacopeia addresses policies and practices for preparation, packaging,... read more
Healthcare organizations with an emergency power system (EPSS) are required to have a testing and maintenance program for the system and its various components. However, routine... read more
Patient safety is a fundamental concern for everyone in the healthcare delivery system. Healthcare facility engineers have a unique role to play in fostering patient safety. Many... read more
Operating room setback is a proven energy-saving strategy for hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers in all climates. However, because of the unique constraints governing the... read more
This monograph summarizes storage requirements for medical gas cylinders, including bulk tank storage, in health care occupancies. Because it is anticipated that both the Joint... read more
Hospitals face new requirements and more challenges today than ever before. These challenges demand a holistic approach to EP system management—blending utility management... read more
Electrical equipment requires regular repair and maintenance, yet this critical work is often deferred in hospitals because it is difficult to gain approval to turn off the... read more
How does room ventilation affect airborne disease transmission in a health care facility? This monograph addresses the topic through a review of the literature. Noting that the... read more
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
One of the core responsibilities for health care, or any business, is the safeguarding of its people (staff, visitors or patients) and assets, but the appropriate level of security... read more
In October 2006, hospitals across America were introduced to the fourth version of an incident command system developed to assist in the management of events that a hospital might... read more
From the time this document was originally published in August 1997, so much has happened around the world in regards to natural and man-made disasters that the author recognized... 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
This monograph defines eight competencies essential to health care facility management, addresses the emerging need for competencies related to real... read more
As health care facilities undergo remodeling projects, the belief--or hope--often exists that current facilities are capable of handling increased electrical loads. But a piecemeal... read more
Health care facilities can identify and prioritize patient medical equipment for scheduled replacement by the use of several well documented options. Proven metrics include equipment... read more
The selection of architects, engineers, attorneys, other consultants, and contractors is critical to the success of health care construction projects. There are four steps to the... read more
To succeed in today's hospital environment, facilities manager must demonstrate leadership characteristics that effect positive change in both employees and operations in order... read more
For health care facility planners, designers, and engineers, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) safety has historically been a non-issue, relegated to the domain of the MRI equipment... read more
Mental disorders are not uncommon in the United States: an estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older—about one in four adults—suffer from a diagnosable... read more
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.
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.
The design of the modern medical imaging department must meet several seemingly divergent needs. It must accommodate highly technical medical equipment that is generally large,... read more
Our health care facilities undergo intense scrutiny by a number of organizations for licensure and accreditation, and many facilities have even had to hire a full-time staff... read more
These disaster supply formularies were compiled by the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management... read more
This document is a comprehensive list of categorical waivers offered by CMS. It also includes instructions on using the waivers.
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.
This issue brief explains that eight patients at a New Hampshire hospital may have been exposed to a fatal brain disease through the use... read more
Many ASHE members are receiving rejection notices on equivalencies because of a revamped process for submitting and approving equivalencies. The issue affects both... read more
This issue brief explains that CMS does not allow power strips for use with medical equipment in patient treatment areas.
This ASHE issue brief explains that the Oregon state fire marshal has determined that alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR), olive oil, and static electricity caused a fire that injured a patient in an Oregon hospital.