April 2022
by Sara Marberry

I’m no futurist, but as those of you know who regularly read this blog, I often write and speak about trends shaping healthcare facility design and construction.

Here are five that are at the top of my list (in no particular order) for the next 10-20 years:

1. Climate change
Climate change, which is affected by human-generated carbon emissions and other greenhouse gases, is increasingly impacting public health. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, these include:
  1. Increased respiratory and cardiovascular disease
  2. Injuries and premature deaths related to extreme weather events
  3. Changes in the prevalence and geographical distribution of food- and water-borne illnesses and other infectious diseases
  4. Threats to mental health

As most of us know, healthcare facility design and construction has a huge carbon footprint in the U.S. Sustainable design practices, including paying more attention to the embodied carbon footprint of interior construction and renovations, is no longer an option. It’s a necessity for our survival.

Like so many clinics and medical office buildings, we share your patient-first mindset. That’s why our skilled, caring facility service professionals are trained for the unique challenges and responsibilities of healthcare facility maintenance. It’s also why we impact budgets—and so much more as well. 

ABM delivers above-and-beyond facility solutions that live up to the care that your teams provide for your patients every day. We achieve this by providing a critical 1:1 partnership to understand your priorities—and then provide the right services, flexibility and support for your medical facility needs.

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Data published in March suggests that adding aerosolized hydrogen peroxide (aHP) to hospital infection prevention protocols can effectively reduce Clostridioides difficile infections (CDI), one of the most common healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), among patients in large, acute-care facilities. The findings, which offer the first, long-term evaluation of an aHP disinfection system for reducing CDI in a clinical setting, appear in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

"Our study showed that persistence in utilizing an aerosolized hydrogen peroxide system had a significant impact on reducing C. difficile infections hospital-wide," said Christopher L. Truitt, Ph.D., of Wayland Baptist University and the paper’s lead author.

This article originally appeared in the March/April 2022 issue of FMJ.

Healthcare is a unique industry in that operational staff and facility management staff must converge to ensure patient care is met and regulatory compliance is fulfilled. Today, the FM team is challenged in ways that have not been seen in a generation. The Covid-19 pandemic has driven the health care industry to rely upon a digital services model to ensure that physicians have safe interactions with their patients and provide a healthy environment for in-house staff and patients alike.

According to the PwC 2021 survey on healthcare trends, new technologies such as mobile applications have increased venture capital by 103 percent. That same study also found that more than 60 percent of their respondents favored the use of new technologies to advance patient care. The progression and implementation of 5G allow for big data, mobile devices and the Industrial Internet of Things to assist with the decision-making and support capital and operational initiatives.

by Amy Milshtein

This article originally appeared on fnPrime.

These tools continually protect surfaces from Covid-19 and other microorganisms.

As Covid-19 restrictions ease, more and more people will return to your facilities. Will your cleaning protocols be ready? For over a year, the pandemic turned a bright light on the importance of cleaning and disinfecting surfaces for health. Facility managers answered with amped up cleaning schedules designed to help curb the spread of Covid-19. Enhanced cleaning goes a long way in easing anxious minds of building tenants.

Employees, occupants and guests remain cautious about their safety and the cleanliness of the enclosed spaces they visit. BusinessWire reports on a recent survey that found that 73 percent of all employees say their workplace should be cleaned daily. The survey also found a rising number of employees want to see daily cleaning and disinfecting. Pre-pandemic, only about half of commercial offices were cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces on a daily basis, according to the CleanLink “Cleaning Costs and Frequencies Report.

Professionals in healthcare facilities management, interior design and architecture can look forward to custom education programming for their discipline. Returning to its traditional June schedule, NeoCon will offer daily on-site keynotes and special programs, June 13-15, 2022, along with 47 virtual CEU-accredited programs from an impressive roster of leading industry experts from a wide cross-section of fields.

Fast reads . . .
Every year, the American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association presents the Vista Awards to health facility teams who develop safe, quality healthcare environments, demonstrate effective and efficient communication, and rely on data-based decision-making processes.

The 2022 winners are Intermountain Health Utah Valley Hospital in Provo, Utah; Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee; and Providence Regional Medical Center Everett in Everett, Washington.

  • New Construction: Intermountain Health Utah Valley Hospital, Provo, UT
Utah Valley Hospital (UVH) is a Level II Trauma Center located in the heart of Utah County. The UVH Campus Replacement and Expansion was an innovative, major multiphase campus construction project that ultimately replaced a majority of the campus’ aging building space and transformed the campus identity.

GP PRO, a division of Georgia-Pacific, helping to advance hygiene in healthcare and a range of other market segments, announces that it is a 2022 Strategic Partner of the Association for Professionals in Infection Prevention and Epidemiology (APIC). The partnership allows GP PRO to establish long-term relationships and engage directly with like-minded organizations as well as APIC’s 15,000 infection preventionist members in advancing the science and practice of infection prevention and control.

As a Strategic Partner, GP PRO anticipates participating in many of APIC’s educational initiatives and services by sharing its industry insights and proprietary research findings with APIC’s membership, which includes nurses, physicians, epidemiologists, microbiologists, public health professionals, and other individuals dedicated to preventing the spread of infection.

The renowned Hospital, Outpatient Facilities & Medical Office Buildings Summits are returning nationwide after a pandemic hiatus. What’s Next for Healthcare Facilities in these Unsettled Times? will cover the future of: Acute Care | Outpatient | Tele-Health | Life Science | Hospitals | Clinics | MOBs | Retail | Mobile | Non-Clinical | Academic & Research at these locations: