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.
The second edition of this monograph was created to support health care facility professionals and their teams in complying with USP General Chapter <797>.... read more
This building tour guidance document will aid facilities managers prepare for accreditation surveys
ASHE's “Indoor Air Quality Checklist Tool” can be used to supplement hazard surveillance rounds and incorporate items related to IAQ.
ASHE’s “Construction to Maintenance Work Flow Tool” provides a diagram to help ensure that preventive maintenance operations are ingrained into the building of new facilities.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.