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Sound Masking Solutions in Hospital Environments
Two of the main challenges all hospitals face are a) ensuring patients can rest and recuperate comfortably and b) ensuring patient privacy is protected. Sound masking – the process of adding an unobtrusive background sound to an environment to cover up excess speech noise – is a cost-effective, low impact means for protecting speech privacy at hospitals and effectively solves these two problems. Sound masking raises the ambient noise level of a hospital and the result is that conversational speech is only audible at distances of 10-15 feet. This helps ensure that patients are able to rest better, resulting in a measurable positive impact on HCAHPS scores, and that patient privacy is better protected in reception areas and exam rooms, helping with HIPAA compliance. This white paper delves deep into how sound masking can not only make a hospital more comfortable, private, and productive but how it can also affect a hospital’s bottom line by positively affecting Medicare reimbursements.
Win the Battle Against Pests Year-Round
From bed bugs to ants, pests can plague healthcare facilities with their mere presence – not to mention full-scale infestations. The resulting remediation efforts can be costly, and patient satisfaction rates can drop to less than desirable rates. But by arming yourself with the knowledge of how to help prevent these pests year-round, you can help ensure your facility is prepared.
Download Orkin’s Seasonal Guide to Pests to help strengthen your IPM program not only in advance of high seasons for certain pests, but also all year long. This guide includes 11 pest profiles that range from termites and cockroaches to flies and birds, providing details on why they pose a risk, evidence of their activity, seasons when they’re most prevalent, prevention tips and potential treatments.
Don’t let pests get ahead of you. Download Orkin’s Seasonal Guide to Pests today.
Healthcare Ops Management: 5 Important Trends to Watch in 2017
If you’re in healthcare operations, you have a lot on your mind entering 2017. Every year brings changes to what we currently know while presenting a new set of challenges, and 2017 is no exception. Many of the same issues are still front and center and will remain a constant: Transformation, innovation and utilization of technology. Here’s a look at continuing trends you can’t ignore in 2017, along with some tips for turning these challenges into opportunities.