FACILITY MANAGEMENT ARTICLES
Many people are unaware of the fact that norovirus tends to be a seasonal disease – typically, the “season” for norovirus is from late October through May. Another thing many of us may be unaware of is that there are far more cases of norovirus on land than at sea.
Without a doubt, the maintenance and management of facilities can be pricey. It is important for managers to be more cognizant of their budgets, and search for options to help decrease costs. Out of these facility expenses, energy typically offers the most potential for reducing costs.
Everyday medical facilities face numerous compliance challenges from federal and local agencies all with an eye on patient and staff safety. As a result, the disposal of something as mundane as lighting, which can vary from room to room and floor to floor, is often overlooked.
Enhancing Patient Satisfaction with Significant Savings Using Architectural Finishes at Regions Hospital
To improve patient satisfaction, HealthPartners Regions Hospital decided to refurbish several patient care units. As planning got underway, the team faced some logistical challenges: replacing doors and cabinets was cost prohibitive, and the rooms could not be out of working order for extended periods of time.
Baylor University, a private college in Waco, Texas, had a typical chiller plant – it was a hodgepodge of equipment. The major problem was that the plant was managed manually. Kenneth Haltom, who manages Baylor’s energy services through a partnership with Aramark, and his team suspected that chiller plant optimization would be the best way to increase efficiency and reduce related costs.
The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) in Baltimore serves hundreds of thousands of patients a year. UMMC administrators planned to add a Shock Trauma Center to provide specialized care for patients who are critically injured or ill. To achieve the expansion of heating and cooling capabilities, facilities staff at UMMC selected three Carrier chillers and one heat recovery chiller.
UW Health’s University Hospital in Madison, Wis., sought to reduce noise and improve the patient and staff experience in its newly renovated, 18-bed Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (Neuro ICU). Installing an ergonomic healthcare flooring product provided the solution.
The Covington is an upscale retirement community located in Aliso Viejo, California. Soon after opening, the copper drinking water piping systems began to have pinhole leaks, progressing to the point of 3 to 5 leaks per week with repairs costing roughly $150,000 annually. The property was faced finding a solution that would not disrupt the lives of their residents.
In New York City, a series of deadly outbreaks of Legionnaires Disease has become an all too common occurrence. Over the last few years hundreds have been severely sickened and dozens killed by deadly bacteria that proliferates in water systems like the cooling towers used in conjunction with large HVAC systems.
PRODUCTS IN ACTION
To expand security glazing options in fire conditions, Technical Glass Products (TGP) and The LTI Group are now working together to offer Pilkington Pyrostop® laminated to School Guard Glass®. The fire-rated, forced entry and bullet-resistant transparent wall panel is designed to help delay intruders while maintaining a high level of safety in schools and education facilities.
Mats Inc. today introduced its newest adaptation of the most sustainable multipurpose sports flooring, with additional features and colors inspired by the latest trends for school sports teams. The new MultiLino™ collection offers the same professional sports performance and durability with a new lower cost and lighter weight materials for quicker installation.
Time is valuable for facility managers and their cleaning staff, and certain tasks can slow down the overall cleaning process. In an effort to provide an effective disinfectant option that also reduces contact time, 3M recently introduced its 3M™ MBS Disinfectant Cleaner Concentrates, a concentrated one-step disinfectant with a five-minute contact time.
Just in time for Halloween, STI announces their Stopper Station push buttons are now available in orange. The ADA Compliant, multipurpose push buttons are available in a cauldron of colors: red, green, yellow, white, blue and now orange.
The new Gen-Eye X-POD® from General Pipe Cleaners features a powerful new Command Module with USB port to record video inspections on flash drives. The lightweight X-POD combines camera, reel, and monitor into one compact package.
Building on 20 years of customer feedback, the all-new range of DirectSense II smart probes are being introduced by GrayWolf. These cutting-edge air monitoring probes accommodate from two (2) up to eight (8) plug-and-play smart sensors into a single hand-held, desktop or wall-mounted housing.