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Magazine article Health Facilities Management

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Council updates active-shooter guide for health care

The Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council has issued an updated guide to help health care facilities plan for and respond to an active shooter. The new edition of Active Shooter Planning and Response in a

Healthcare Setting includes updated information on providing care in areas where a potential threat exists but is not direct or immediate, as well as other topics. The guide, which first launched in 2013, was developed with help from industry experts, such as the American Hospital Association, one of the council's members.

Study finds flooring may pose infection risk

Hospital room floors may be an overlooked source of infection, according to a study published in the March 2017 issue of American Journal of Infection Conti-ol. Researchers cultured 318 floor sites from 159 patient rooms (two sites per room) in five Cleveland-area hospitals. They also cultured hands (gloved and bare) as well as other high-touch surfaces like clothing, call buttons, medical devices, linens and medical supplies. Because items in the patient's room may touch the floor, pathogens on hospital floors can rapidly move to the hands and high-touch surfaces throughout a hospital room, the researchers found.

Joint Commission to certify compounding facilities

The Joint Commission has developed a new Medication Compounding Certification program in line with the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention's General Chapters 797 and 795. The certification focuses on the areas of environment, people and product. …

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