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Public Reveiw of draft CSA Z8002 - Operation and Maintenance of Health Care Facilities
As a member of the Canadian Healthcare Engineeing Society this document will have a major impact on your work. CHES is encouraging members to review the draft CSA Z8002 and provide feedback to CSA. Please indicate that you are a CHES Member when providing your comments to CSA.
|CSA Releases Latest Medical Gas Standard|
The anticipated release of CSA Z7396.1-12 - Medical Gas Pipeline Systems has now become a reality and is available through the CSA on-line store. This latest version is the continuing evolution of requirements for these life safety systems and addresses some new items including Anesthetic Gas Scavenging Systems (AGSS), Installer Qualifications, expanded focus on maintenance, and greater detail in the Annexes.
|Benchmarking 2.0 in Operation!|
"You can't manage what you don't measure"
In 2012 CHES partnered with the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) and the Healthcare Institute (HCI), an affiliate of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) in a healthcare facilities maintenance and operation benchmarking project called Benchmarking 2.0.
|Latest Course in Medical Gas Pipelines Launches Across Canada in January 2013!|
Medical gases perform a critical role in health care delivery and are used every day by millions of people in thousands of different locations such as hospitals, long term care homes, ambulances, and dental offices. Now more than ever there is a need for the installation of safe medical gas pipelines by trained installers.
|CSA releases a new version of Z317.13 Standard|
Infection control during construction, renovation and maintenance of healthcare facilities has been a concern to CHES members for some time now. The information in this field changes very quickly. CSA has just released their newest standard…CSA Z317.13-12 in December of 2012. While building on the philosophies of the previous editions, there is tons of new information in this latest edition. CHES members can access the latest edition through the Membership Tools button on our website. CSA has also revamped their Fundamentals of Infection Control during Construction, Renovation and Maintenance of Health Care Facilities course to reflect this newest information, and introduced an ALL NEW CSA Z317.13-12: Effective Implementation of Infection Control during Construction or Renovation of Healthcare Facilities – Practical Applications course that focuses on those areas that have been added to the new edition of the standard. CHES members can get more information through CSA’s website or from our representative to this committee - Gordon Burrill
CHES e-News February 22, 2013
Specifying Sound Masking for Hospitals
Resources such as the Facility Guideline’s Institute’s Guidelines for the Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities recommend the use of sound masking to treat noise and speech privacy issues in hospitals. Read more...
St. Joseph’s Hospital in London, Ontario is getting a make-over
The next time you visit the hospital, you’ll be greeted by a sleek, new look, and a new era in health care. Since August 2011 when ground broke for the last phase of restructuring, renovations have been underway to the interior and exterior of the hospital. Read more...
Brantford General Hospital introduces new Technology for Better Breast Cancer Patient Care
Brantford General Hospital recently announced its intent to use GE Healthcare’s SenoBright technology for delivery of breast cancer patient care. Launched in 2010, SenoBright offers Contrast Enhanced Spectral Mammography (CESM) technology designed to produce contrast-enhanced images of the breast using X-rays at multiple energies to create two separate but almost simultaneous exposures. Read more...
Alberta’s Dr. Cy Frank Welcomed as newest Councillor to The Health Council of Canada
Dr. Cy Frank, Professor in the Section of Orthopaedics, Department of Surgery, University of Calgary, Alberta Health Services, Calgary; the McCaig Professor of Joint Injury and Arthritis Research; Executive Director of the provincial Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute; and VP, Research Strategy, Alberta Health Services will assume the role of CEO/President of Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions effective April 1, 2013. Read more...