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.
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 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 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 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 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 gives an overview of psychrometrics and includes psychrometric charts.
This downloadable Word document is a sample monthly log for maintaining special ventilation rooms.
This downloadable Word document is a sample policy for labeling electrical panels and utilities for shut downs.
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 article explains potential problems with fire door operation, explains code requirements, and offers tips on creating a door inspection program.
This Inside ASHE article shows how to create a water management plan to understand and address risks.
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.
ASHE developed this risk assessment tool to help health care facility professionals comply with the risk-based, patient-focused approach required by NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Codes... read more
This webpage contains a variety of conference recordings that ASHE members can access for free. These on-demand seminars allow members to learn about topics such as code compliance; facility... read more
This ASHE issue brief explains how CMS is offering waivers for hospitals that want to use power strips, or relocatable power taps (RPTs), under certain conditions.
This memo from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) allows hospitals to use categorical waivers if they want to use relocatable power taps (RPTs), or power strips, in patient areas under certain conditions.
This Inside ASHE article explores ways that health care facilities can use sustainability to save resources and cut costs.
This Inside ASHE story explains how to use building management systems to become more efficient and produce cost savings.
This Inside ASHE article explores how Swedish Medical Center in Washington State met sustainability goals and provided operational efficiency and annual savings.
Temperature variation in patient rooms can negatively affect staff efficiency, costs, and customer experience. This presentation shows how the Six... read more
Cincinnati Children's Hospital received ASHE's 2012 Excellence in Facilities Management Award in recognition of its patient and employee safety... 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
This 2013 ASHE Advocacy Report features articles on the unique hospital environment, improving codes and standards, the impact of health care facilities, and ways to get involved with advocacy efforts.
This article, on page 9 of the 2013 Advocacy Report, explains the history of the codes and standards that now regulate health care facilities.
This article, on page 12 of the 2013 Advocacy Report, shows some of the unique safety features found in hospitals. The article includes an infographic of a LEGO hospital showing some of the safety features.
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
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
The 2014 Guidelines for Health Care Facilities: Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities is proposing to add... read more
This session provides a detailed look at the many codes and standards that health care engineers must be familiar with to have a successful,... read more
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)
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
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
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
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
Today’s health care facility is a maze of similar-looking, seemingly endless corridors in which rooms and other locations are often identified only by medical jargon that is... read more
This article evaluates the applicability and relative contribution of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) to disinfection of air in health care... read more
CMS worksheet for use with NFPA 101-2000: Life Safety Code. COMPLETE THIS WORKSHEET FOR EACH FIRE/SMOKE ZONE. WHERE CONDITIONS ARE THE SAME IN SEVERAL ZONES, ONE WORKSHEET CAN BE USED FOR THOSE ZONES.
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
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