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
ASHE's new emergency preparedness tool helps to prepare for emergencies and ensure a compliant and safe physical environment.
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 Inside ASHE article summarizes information on improving the patient experience from the 2016 PDC Summit.
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 Inside ASHE article explains a new CDC-ASHE project aimed at reducing health care associated infections through better facility and design.
This webpage includes resources for hospitals to establish and maintain a safe, functional environment and comply with Joint Commission standard EC.02.06.01.
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 article explains the process of witness testing for health care critical electrical equipment.
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 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 Inside ASHE article gives information on five hot-button issues in the environment of care based on 2013 Joint Commission surveys and tips from surveyors in the field.
This Inside ASHE article compares the 2014 and 2010 editions of Facility Guidelines Institute documents and outlines changes to operating room requirements.
This Inside ASHE article gives tips on improving your facility's Environment of Care committee and giving it a renewed sense of drive and purpose.
This Inside ASHE article gives tips and a checklist that can be used to help manage the outdoor healing environment and hospital grounds.
This Inside ASHE article explores the use of elastomeric foam duct liner in health care facilities, and a sidebar shows the changing requirements regarding duct liners.
This digital exclusive Inside ASHE article outlines the drivers of patient satisfaction scores: people, process, and place.
This Inside ASHE article discusses how Joint Commission requirements can help justify energy efficiency outcomes while improving patient outcomes.
General Chapter <797>, “Pharmaceutical Compounding-Sterile Preparations,” of the U.S. Pharmacopeia addresses policies and practices for preparation, packaging,... read more
Links to USP <797> text.
NFPA 99: How to Conduct Operating Room Risk Assessments ASHE guidance on how to conduct a risk assessment to determine whether operating rooms are wet locations (February 2012)
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
NFPA 99 is one of the principal performance standards on electrical safety for health care facilities. However, a proposed change regarding what areas should be considered... read more
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
Infection preventionists play an increasingly important role in preventing health care-associated infection in the physical environment associated with... read more
This article evaluates the applicability and relative contribution of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) to disinfection of air in health care... read more
This advisory explains an EPA proposal from 2014 that will affect certain hospitals with new or existing coal-, biomass-, and oil-fired boilers. Natural gas... 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 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