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.
ASHE has created a new crosswalk that compares K-Tags with Joint Commission, NFPA, and International Code Council requirements.
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
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
Facility departments provide value to their organizations in a variety of ways, including... read more
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 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.
The 2012 edition of NFPA 101 contains numerous... read more
This article explains what the CMS adoption of the 2012 Life Safety Code means for hospitals.
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 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 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 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.
The 2015 ASHE Advocacy Report includes articles on improving codes, code compliance, and outreach.
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.
In 2015, ASHRAE published its long awaited Standard 188: Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems. This article explains ASHRAE 188 requirements for hospitals and health care facilities.
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 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 Excel tool provides a checklist for environmental tours, including items related to fire safety, safety management, utilities, infection control, hazardous material, security, medical equipment, emergency management, and staff knowledge.
This excerpt from the Mechanical Systems Handbook for Health Care Facilities explains the importance of indoor air quality and the HVAC factors that contribute to indoor air quality.
This excerpt from the Mechanical Systems Handbook for Health Care Facilities explains room pressurization, including which rooms should be positively or negatively pressurized with respect to surrounding areas.
This image shows how air pressurization works, and describes positive and negative pressurization.
This excerpt from the Mechanical Systems Handbook for Health Care Facilities describes methods to provide adequate outdoor air supply to indoor spaces.
This excerpt from the Mechanical Systems Handbook for Health Care Facilities shows minimum filter efficiencies according to ASHRAE standards.
This excerpt from the Mechanical Systems Handbook for Health Care Facilities details factors contributing to microbial contamination in indoor environments. It also includes information on fungi and legionella.
This excerpt from the Mechanical Systems Handbook for Health Care Facilities details special HVAC requirements for operating rooms, including air change rates and filtration.
This excerpt from the Mechanical Systems Handbook for Health Care Facilities gives an overview of psychrometrics and includes psychrometric charts.
This short video explains how the ventilation system in hospitals is key in preventing the spread of airborne contaminants and pathogens.
This downloadable Word document is a sample monthly log for maintaining special ventilation rooms.
This downloadable Word document is a sample pressure relationship policy you can customize to fit the needs of your facility.
This downloadable Word document is a sample policy for labeling electrical panels and utilities for shut downs.
This downloadable Word document is a policy on maintaining utility system drawings and documents to aid in the shutdown process during emergencies.
This downloadable inspection log can help your facility maintain battery powered lights for use in emergencies.
This article from Inside ASHE magazine suggests questions to ask at staff meetings to help with emergency preparedness.
This Inside ASHE article explains the difference between patient vicinity and patient space--two terms often used in codes and standards regulating health care facilities.
This article in Inside ASHE explains the collaboration between the Joint Commission and ASHE that will provide compliance resources.
This Inside ASHE article discusses how smaller facilities, including clinics and satellite offices, can manage energy.
This article in Inside ASHE explains how facility managers can work to reduce costs in a time of mergers and acquisitions.
This Inside ASHE article shows ways facilities can use fire protection and life safety documentation to reduce expenses, improve efficiency, and minimize deficiencies.
This Inside ASHE article explores different ways that facilities can reduce overtime costs.
This Inside ASHE article explores some best practices for reducing costs in health care facilities.
This article explains the ASHE commissioning process, including the systems to be commissioned and the process phases.
This article explains how the ASHE commissioning process can be used to generate positive cash flow.
This article explains how measurement and verification programs help inform facility management decisions and the commissioning process.
This article explains how to implement operations and maintenance training programs to deliver results.
This article discusses the process of commissioning water systems.
This article explains the process of witness testing for health care critical electrical equipment.
In this member to member feature in Inside ASHE magazine, the author explores the motivations behind safety excellence and the importance of taking a patient-centric approach to life safety.
This article in Inside ASHE explains how Beebe Healthcare won the 2014 Excellence in Facility Management Award and includes information on how hospitals can apply for the 2015 awards.
A common question is whether emergency eyewash/shower facilities are required in blood draw areas or other areas where there are potential exposures to blood. This article explains... read more
This Inside ASHE article explains how filtration design for hospital air systems can help reduce health care-associated infections (HAIs).
This article explains potential problems with fire door operation, explains code requirements, and offers tips on creating a door inspection program.
This article explains how low voltage distribution transformers can help improve energy efficiency in hospitals.
This Inside ASHE article shows how to create a water management plan to understand and address risks.
This Inside ASHE article explains how to develop data centers with energy efficiency in mind.
This Inside ASHE article outlines how a formal roof management plan can help with day-to-day operations and long-term planning.
This Inside ASHE article explains how to assess hospital pneumatic tube systems and outlines factors to consider when designing such systems.
This article based on a Joint Commission session at the 2014 ASHE Annual Conference shows how to conduct risk assessments and failure mode and effects analyses.
This article based on a session at the 2015 PDC Summit explains how Baystate Health took a best-practices approach for cost-effective life safety compliance.
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
Along with other factors that influence the healing environment, the physical environment and the role of the facility manager and the facility staff have an impact on... read more
This Inside ASHE article explores ASHE's strategic imperatives and work being done in 2015 to advance member value, sustainability, and succession planning.
This Inside ASHE article explores efforts to make U.S. hospitals more resilient, including an initiative from the White House focused on protecting hospitals from natural disasters.
This Inside ASHE article highlights the 2015 winners of the Vista Awards.
This Inside ASHE article explains how a Texas hospital worked with facility professionals around the world to support a huge pediatric AIDS care and treatment program.
This Inside ASHE article explains how proper fire protection system design can improve HCAHPS scores and raise satisfaction.
This tool can be used to help execute a Fire Safety Evaluation System (FSES) submission under NFPA 101A methodology.
ASHE members can use this downloadable template to help document waivers offered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) a facility chooses to use. The document can be tailored to the needs of each facility.