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BHS 2018 index


January 2, 2019

Emergency management

  • ASPR-TRACIE resource provides guidance on planning for surge from seasonal illnesses, April, p. 1
  • California hospital deploys surge tent to handle sudden influx of flu patients, April, p. 3
  • Document community collaboration, succession plans for new EM standards, January, p. 1
  • Emergency planning spotlight: California plans tested in wake of wildfires, April, p. 11
  • Healthcare systems still have work to do to be better prepared for next disaster, June, p. 4
  • Supplies, critical system locations are key concerns when floodwaters rise, August, p. 1
  • Use new NFPA 3000 to improve community planning for mass casualty response, July, p. 15
  • Use resource to train staff, earn buy-in on requirements for completing HVA, September, p. 13

Facility management/safety

  • ASHE reference provides guidance on swinging doors, November, p. 8
  • Review ED policies, training on EMTALA, proper discharge after viral video, March, p. 1

Healthcare hazards

  • Check powered fire doors after CMS, TJC offer new info on door-closing devices, May, p. 4
  • CMS: Governing board must prioritize water management, November, p. 5
  • CMS memo to clarify ligature risk policy sets stage for more guidance later, February, p. 1
  • ECRI lists top tech hazards for healthcare, February, p. 11
  • Failure to comply with RCRA while disposing of waste could prove costly, August, p. 8
  • FDA approves easier-to-clean GI scope, April, p. 10
  • FDA bans triclosan, 23 other antiseptic chemicals, May, p. 6
  • If there is an air pressure problem, 'it's almost inevitable that a surveyor will find it,' July, p. 1
  • Joint Commission focuses on biohazard container labeling, March, p. 7
  • Joint Commission issues more suicide prevention advice, disposable GI scopes approved, April, p. 9
  • Pressure drop: Ensure monitoring of soiled utility and other pressure-sensitive rooms, May, p. 1
  • PSS-3: Three-question suicide screener for the ER, October, p. 7
  • Review your water management plan as CMS intensifies focus on Legionella, November, p. 4
  • Risk assessment, clear mitigation strategies are keys to avoiding IJ for ligature risk, February, p. 5
  • Use checklist to reduce self-harm risks in the ER, July, p. 9
  • Use risk assessment for ligature concerns when choosing beds for geriatric patients, May, p. 9

Hospital violence

  • HAI reduction: Setting ambitious goals for 2020, June, p. 9
  • IAHSS offers look at types of workplace violence, potential solutions, May, p. 13
  • Mitigate workplace violence: IAHSS says healthcare must be more proactive, May, p. 11
  • Sentinel Event Alert 59: Workplace violence, August, p. 15
  • Violence against healthcare workers is on the rise, December, p. 1

Infection control

  • AORN expects to change recommendations for OR headgear, August, p. 12
  • Case study: Automating sepsis alerts at Harborview Medical Center, September, p. 7
  • CDC issues guidelines for healthcare facilities for preventing the next outbreak, March, p. 9
  • CMS again spotlights control of Legionella with revision to surveyors' memo, September, p. 1
  • Chicago hospital uses hospitalwide huddles to reduce catheter infection rate, August, p. 6
  • Floor corners, bathroom floors, and ceiling vents are hottest spots for dangerous C. diff spores, June, p. 1
  • Hand hygiene monitoring technology increases compliance rates, but is it worth the cost?, July, p. 5
  • HFAP revises standards to address reduction of Legionella risk, September, p. 5
  • Joint Commission focus on hand washing puts pressure on facilities, April, p. 7
  • OSHA: Get ready now for flu and potential pandemics, December, p. 8
  • Q&A: Antibiotic Stewardship, June, p. 12

Joint Commission/regulatory agencies

  • Almost two-thirds of hospitals are not compliant with top LS, EC standards, July, p. 4
  • As USP <800> looms, access your compliance of medication compounding standards now, October, p. 1
  • Check new SAG lists, get latest IC manual to prepare for 2018 surveys, March p. 4
  • CMS making deficiency reports more accessible to public, December, p. 6
  • Consider height, depth when placing fire extinguishers in path of egress, April, p. 5
  • Create a library of device manuals and documents to maintain compliance, January, p. 6
  • EC, LS, and ligature risks still at Joint Commission survey forefront, November, p. 1
  • Expect door repairs to take time as CMS requirements create backlog of parts, October, p. 4
  • HFAP reports most-cited standards, suggestions for improvements, March, p. 12
  • Increased oversight means more pressure on accrediting organizations to spot problems, December, p. 4
  • Prioritize repairs and request more time if needed to mitigate ligature risks, October, p. 5
  • Surveyor gaze is on dialysis compliance, November, p. 10
  • The importance of an Alternative Life Safety Measures policy, January, p. 14
  • USP <800>: Effective date pushed back to 2019, but experts urge early adoptions, February, p. 8


  • Acuity-adaptable rooms, microhospitals are healthcare tech trends on NFPA's radar, June, p. 7
  • BHS 2017 index, January, p. 12


  • Assessing your safety and security needs, December, p. 11
  • Five key steps for creating, implementing an active shooter plan at your healthcare facility, July, p. 12
  • Guidance on spotting possible victims of human trafficking, September, p. 10
  • Human trafficking and healthcare, October, p. 12
  • IAHSS report suggests risk mitigation for violence in healthcare facilities, February, p. 13
  • NFPA approves first-ever healthcare shooter standards, November, p. 12
  • NFPA gathers input for new standard on active shooter preparedness, March, p. 15
  • Q&A: Best practices for active shooter response and prevention in hospitals, January, p. 18

Weather events/natural disasters

  • Earthquake compliance spurs new designs, January, p. 10
  • Training, resources keys to weathering hazardous substances stirred by disaster, January, p. 4

Worker safety/training

  • Facility workers as well as contractors must now be trained in fall protection, May, p. 7
  • Fall protection training required for staff, contractors exposed to fall of 4-plus feet, July, p. 11
  • FGI recommendations can help you help your staff account for 'patients of size,' October, p. 11
  • Review workplace violence policies, training as Joint Commission focuses on abuse of workers, June, p. 14


An Index of all 2018 stories

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