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Understanding an Analysis of Your Medical Vacuum System

by Jason Di Marco on March 13, 2023
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What is a Medical Vacuum Pump?

A medical vacuum pump system provides a safe, sufficient flow of gas or vacuum at the required pressure.

While the Joint Commission (JC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) keep us on our toes with the current standards and recommendations they continually roll out, one thing has stayed consistent for healthcare facility managers looking to keep their patients safe:

The need for quality suction equipment... specifically a medical vacuum system.

Suctioning is a critical part of patient care and, in some instances, a potentially life-saving system. The vacuum you create in the pump room operates equipment, makes surgery faster, safer, and cleaner, and helps patients breathe more easily. Like most medical systems, medical vacuum systems need regular care.

Before discussing the various kinds of vacuum pumps and their inspection requirements, we need to consider the biggest challenge most hospitals run into with vacuum systems: what they suck up. The entire piped system is designed to pull just air out of the way but often drags with it fluids, solids, and aerosols that all want to stick to the piping, parts, and the pump’s internal components.

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11 (Costly) Dangers of Deferred Maintenance in Facilities

by Jason Di Marco on March 03, 2023
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(The information in this article was updated July '22 to provide a more comprehensive overview of deferred maintenance)

Every facility manager faces different challenges, and although we typically share similar goals, some facilities get stuck with high fixed expenditures, while others have trouble finding the most efficient HVAC system for their building.

Preventive maintenance that gets ignored can cause repairs to be put on hold.

Deferred maintenance - often caused by waiting for future budgets or funds to become available - can create costly consequences and increase the chances of significant problems.

This article takes a look at the broad spectrum of costs associated with facilities. Below, we list the dangers of deferred maintenance and emphasize the importance of maintaining a maintenance program to avoid asset failure and, in some cases, health and safety implications. 

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17 Tips to Improve Patient Flow That Will Impact Efficiency

by Jason Di Marco on February 16, 2023
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Note: This post was originally published in May 2021 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

What is Patient Flow?

Patient flow is the moving of patients within your healthcare facility. It involves medical care, resources, decision-making, and having the proper internal systems in place. Optimizing patient flow is critical for healthcare facilities for two main reasons, patient safety and quality of care.

It's fair to say that 2020 and the pandemic will go down in the history books. 

And if the pandemic taught us anything, it taught us:

"It is within our power to create a health system that invites everyone to be part of an affordable, sustainable, accessible, high-quality system that keeps people healthy and improves our communities and society at large.", cites Laura S. Kaiser, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer for SSM Health [source] "Transforming an Industry that Treats Illness to Instead Create Health."

As a medical gas systems provider, CHT agrees that we collectively have the power to address patient health, safety, and flow in hospitals. Improving your patient flow is a way to increase revenue and patient satisfaction.

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Patient Safety Challenges (And How to Actually Solve Them)

by Jason Di Marco on February 14, 2023
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Do you want to improve patient safety in your healthcare organization? 

The smallest improvement may have a large impact on patient safety. As a hospital leader or healthcare facility manager, you are held accountable for managing effective care while maintaining a safe environment for patients, staff, and visitors.

There are WAY too many obstacles that could stand in your way. With all the moving parts that make up a healthy, thriving healthcare environment, creating a safe healthcare experience may seem too difficult to achieve.

You could say, "anyone that touches a patient or anything that touches the patient must wash their hands". Certainly, it would help to improve patient safety, and it'd be a start. It’s important to understand that a procedure or rule is only effective when followed.

How do we get patients, staff, and visitors to follow the rules? By making sure they are implemented effectively, of course.  

If only it were that easy...

You need to be very systematic with your approach and how you implement patient safety in a healthcare environment.

Today, I'm going to show you 9 ways that almost guarantees your facility will be safer and run more effectively.

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Increasing the Efficiency of Your Medical Vacuum System

by Jason Di Marco on February 06, 2023
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Note: This post was originally published in April 2022 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness. 

Optimizing the flow of vacuum in your OR enhances the productivity of your surgical staff by allowing your team to spend their valuable time and effort operating. With this, you protect the patient with less available time, and clinicians have less distraction and better turnaround time in the OR.

With optimum vacuum flow, you will boost the morale of your surgical staff by not distracting or delaying their work with poor suction, reducing requests for repairs or remodels of ORs and procedure suites.

A skilled, certified technician will perform our patented Vac Wash Program during your scheduled OR downtime to optimize your system, giving your patients, OR staff, and budget the best possible outcome.

While the Joint Commission (TJC) and the CMS keep us on our toes with current standards and recommendations they continually roll out, one thing has stayed consistent for healthcare facility managers looking to keep their patients safe:

The need for quality suction equipment, specifically a medical vacuum system.

Suctioning is a critical part of patient care and, in some instances, a potentially life-saving procedure. Vacuum systems, including compressed medical gas systems, need regular maintenance to allow for reliable suctioning power. The vacuum created in the pump room makes surgery faster, safer, and cleaner and helps patients breathe more efficiently.

A medical vacuum pump system is designed to provide a safe, sufficient flow of gas or vacuum and the required pressure.

Before we talk about the various kinds of vacuum pumps and their inspection requirements, we need to consider the most significant challenge most hospitals face with vacuum systems: what they suck up. The entire piped system is designed to pull air out of the way. But, unfortunately, it often also intakes fluids, solids, and aerosols. All these foreign materials want to stick to the piping, parts, and the pump's internal components.

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Cloud-Based Electronic Documentation for Healthcare Facilities (What You Need to Know)

by Jason Di Marco on January 27, 2023
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As healthcare facility managers, you have to leverage real-time data to make informed decisions to ensure compliance and become more impactful leaders.

But the problem lies in when you have to pull stacks of paper which is (was) the standard method when showing compliance for a medical gas systems program.

One can see how this paper-based process is an invitation for inefficiency, lost time, and potential error. Nowhere is this more likely than in multi-site healthcare systems, with facilities spread across a city or even a broad geographic region.

Traditional testing, with its reams of paper, has proved insufficient. It’s a slow, tedious process overflowing with the potential for mistakes and inconsistency.

Read what K2 Enterprises and the International Data Corporation (IDC) say about paper statistics, especially in the healthcare industry...

Statistics reveal that the number of pages consumed in U.S. offices is increasing at a startling rate of 20% per year (K2 Enterprises). Additional research indicates that the healthcare industry spends twice as much time with paper than any other industry (IDC). [source]

At CHT, we believe every second counts, and you shouldn’t waste time managing your documentation. We want your medical gas management automated, accessible anywhere or anytime, so you can make those critical decisions.

If you want to ditch the outdated binder system, get instant reporting visibility, save money on repairs, and make data-driven decisions faster...

Keep reading.

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Healthcare Cybersecurity: Addressing the Immediate Issue Today

by Tim Richards on January 11, 2023
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Healthcare facilities are not without risk when it comes to cyber attacks. The Department of Health and Human Services noted that there was an 84% increase in healthcare-related data breaches from 2018 to 2021. (source)

2022 was an even more troubling year for Healthcare related cyberattacks. Out of any global industry sector, The healthcare industry had the highest increase in weekly cyberattacks in 2022. (source)

Threats will only continue to increase in volume and sophistication. As a result, securing healthcare data is a top priority. As a healthcare facility manager, knowing the ins and outs of healthcare cybersecurity will leave your facility less vulnerable to attacks. 

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NFPA 99 Medical Gas for Healthcare Facilities [2021 code]

by Tim Richards on January 04, 2023
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As with most healthcare aspects, medical gas systems continue to evolve to provide a safer, more effective patient experience. The NFPA 99 Health Care Facilities Code is no exception, and the 2021 edition has some noteworthy changes and additions of which facility managers should be aware.

What is the NFPA 99 2021 code?

The 2021 National Fire Protection Association code (NFPA 99) is a healthcare facilities code that establishes criteria for levels of healthcare services or systems based on risk to patients, staff, or visitors. It delivers the foundation for building risk-based performance criteria for the healthcare facility's environment.  

This most recent edition was published in October 2020. While there is no current indication the 2021 edition will be adopted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), some of the updates highlight the importance of having qualified individuals managing and maintaining medical gas systems.

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The Top 4 Medical Gas Suppliers You Should Be Considering

by Jason Di Marco on December 19, 2022
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Without a proper understanding of compliance codes, ongoing maintenance, and implementation of new equipment, medical facilities would not be able to function properly. This is why your position as a Certified Healthcare Facility Manager is critical to the healthcare industry. The facility, along with its patients, depends on you to provide the best equipment and services available.

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Topics: Medical Gas Compliance, Turnkey Projects

Top Security Challenges Hospitals Will Face in 2023 (And What to Do)

by Tim Richards on December 07, 2022
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Navigating evolving security and safety concerns resulting from a rapidly evolving healthcare field is a priority for cultivating a safe and productive workplace.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare workers are five times more likely to experience workplace violence than employees in other industries. In addition, a survey of nurses from all 50 states found that workplace violence is on the rise, with a 119% increase from 2021 in nurses reporting increased workplace violence. 

This article discusses how to protect healthcare facilities by recognizing where the problems and potential issues exist. Implementing new security solutions can increase a facility's efficiency, improve performance and, most importantly, reduce violent behavior.

Let's take a look at some of the top security challenges plaguing healthcare facilities.

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