January 2015 In This Issue
Events and Education
ASHE Update
Energy Roundup Tips
Your Facilities Management News
Life Safety Services LLC.
Philders Group Intl Inc
Eaton
Events and Education
A Joint Commission & Joint Commission Resources Learning Event
Join us to learn and ensure that your facility is meeting requirements for full compliance with the Life Safety Chapter and Life Safety Code of the Joint Commission.
 
Click on the title of this eNewsletter article to download a PDF flyer of the event.

Visit TAHFM's web page for the event at http://www.tahfm.org/?page=ExploringLifeSafety
 
Interlink 2015 will be held at the Westin Houston Memorial City Hotel next year. Healthcare Facilities Managers consider TAHFM Interlink to be one of the best and most affordable opportunities for learning and sharing in Texas. Keep checking TAHFM's Interlink 2015 page for details!
 
Brighton Solutions, Inc.
Specified Technologies Inc.
m Strategic Partners, Inc.
ASHE Update
Hospitals reduced central-line associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) and surgical site infections by 46% and 19%, respectively, between 2008 and 2013, according to the latest annual report on healthcare-associated infections, released Jan. 14 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
SOURCE: AHA NEWS
 
Energy Roundup Tips
Did you know?
Buildings that consistently benchmark energy performance save energy, according to a study based on the buildings benchmarking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®.
 
Visit TAHFM's Energy Roundup Tips webpage for weekly tips to help you increase your building's energy efficiency. Even if you aren't participating in our Energy Challenge this year, it's still information you can use.

It's not too late to join! Details about the TAHFM Texas Energy Roundup are here, including an overview of the competition, a link to the energy tips webinar held earlier this year and a list of the 2013 winners.
 
Your Facilities Management News
Construction, renovation, maintenance and tele/data upgrades are a constant in hospitals across the US. The complexity of these projects and the pace of the schedule can lead to unexpected compromises in fire barrier integrity.
SOURCE: MEDICAL CONSTRUCTION & DESIGN
 
Before reducing relative humidity in operating rooms below 30%, hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers should consider the effects on equipment and supplies.
SOURCE: AHA NEWS NOW
 
By Shannon Barnet
"Our findings suggest that surgical IT systems play a positive, albeit clinically modest, role in patient safety for patients who undergo in-hospital surgery," according to study authors.
SOURCE: BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW
 
 
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