Health Facilities Management

Health Facilities Management is a publication of the American Hospital Association. It covers health facility design/architecture, construction and operations.

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 1, January

After the Storm: Expanding the Concept of Emergency Power Reliability
As mission-critical equipment, hospital emergency power systems are expected to provide power consistently to what they must, when they must and for as long as they must. This is a tall order, and the impact of an emergency power system failure when...
'Bedless Hospital' Marks Sign of the Times
With population-based health care delivery gathering momentum in the wake of health care reform, more hospitals are either constructing community-based facilities or are including them in their plans. The goal is to offer sophisticated levels of care...
Beyond Boundaries: Replacement Hospital Brings Nature to the City
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, recently expanded and updated not only the hospital facility but also its site, transforming a congested inner-city campus into a parklike setting designed to benefit the entire...
Cleaning Protocols Ineffective against A. Baumannii
Ridding hospitals of multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii may require new cleaning protocols, according to a research study published in the December 2012 issue of the American Journal of Infection Control. The study, conducted by researchers...
Creative Touches: How Artwork Sets the Tone in Four Hospital Projects
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] While hospitals often can be viewed as sterile environments in which people interact during times of great tension, health facilities professionals have a number of design tools at hand to help keep patients, families and...
Guiding the FGI Revisions: How Changes Will Impact Designers
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Joseph Sprague, FAIA, FACHA, FHFI, senior vice president, HKS Architects, Dallas, has been overseeing revisions to the Facility Guidelines Institute's 2014 Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities....
Is OSHA Targeting Data Center Safety Regulations?
Staff working on the electrical components of health care facility data centers need to make sure the system is disconnected from its power source and for critical reasons. The most obvious reason is that working on almost any electrical system...
New Tools to Reach Sustainability Goals
Hospitals are striving for sustainability as they work to improve building performance and facility operations in ways that contribute to a healthier environment, bottom line and community. But finding practical ways to achieve these goals--often referred...
Safe and Secure: Integration Is Key in Evaluating Technologies
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Hospitals face many challenges in trying to secure facilities. In many ways, these are unique environments, with public access 24/7, numerous entry points and sensitive assets to safeguard, including narcotics. The work environment...
Solid Evidence: Accreditation and Certification Demonstrate EBD Expertise
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The health care design industry has come a long way in terms of what we understand about the impact of the physical environment on safety, quality and satisfaction. Just as the medical community increasingly has moved toward...
Study: Bed Alarms Fail to Reduce Patient Falls
Hospitals seeking a way to eliminate or reduce patient falls need to do more than install bed alarms, according to recently published research. Bed alarms do not decrease patient falls and related injuries, according to the findings of a study conducted...
Sustainable Commitment: Advice on Establishing a Plastics Recycling Program
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] While hospitals have been champions of recycling for decades, efforts largely have focused on food service and administrative functions. The challenge hospitals now face is successfully integrating recycling practices into...
Take the Next Step in Your Membership
With each new year comes new challenges, new technologies and new surprises. We are all familiar with the new challenges in environmental services (ES) around cost reductions and improved quality. New regulations through the Affordable Care Act are...
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