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Medical Gas Systems: The Definitive Guide

by Jason Di Marco on December 14, 2017
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Most people think of the medical gas system as oxygen that is pumped to patients in surgery or in their hospital room. In fact, there are several gases that make up the average medical gas system including the anesthesia gases that are part of the cart in the operating room.

Medical gas systems sustain life and are regulated as a drug. This means multiple layers of restrictions and instruction on the proper, safe and legal way to do things.

According to CBC News, the first recorded medical gas cross connection deaths were at a former Sudbury General Hospital in Canada back in 1973. The outcome of this tragic event was the evolution of a code requiring 3rd party verification and later installer certifications.

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How to Handle Medical Gas Alarm Management

by Ryan Barnes on November 30, 2017
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Do you have a process for safe alarm management and response?

As healthcare facility managers, you need to inspect, check and maintain alarm-equipped devices. In 2016, The Joint Commission issued, Hospital Patient Safety Goals, with the focus on problems in healthcare and how to solve them.

One being...

Use alarms safely, NPSG.06.01.01 -- make improvements to ensure that alarms on medical equipment are heard and responded to on time. 

Alarms also monitor source equipment, areas or zones and more. At every step from source to patient, there are alarms to warn of medical gases being delivered or malfunctions or gas leaks from a damaged system.

This article will examine all aspects of alarms and its respective triggers (pertaining to medical gas), first response actions, best practices, troubleshooting tips, false alarm situations and how to prevent them. 

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Patient Safety Challenges (and How to Actually Solve Them)

by Jason Di Marco on November 02, 2017
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Do you want to improve patient safety in your healthcare organization? 

The smallest improvement may provide a large impact to patient safety. As a hospital leader or healthcare facility manager, you are the one held accountable for 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.

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. Hand washing should become an educational priority.

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 facilities will run  more effectively, and first and foremost safer.

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Prevention and Control Strategies for Nosocomial Infections

by Jason Di Marco on September 14, 2017
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Keeping your medical gas systems operating properly isn't the only threat to patient safety. It is about time that these formerly Hospital Acquired Infection or Hospital Associated Infections were seriously attacked. 

In recent years, these infections have killed 100,000 people who were patients mostly of hospitals; but with the changes in healthcare delivery, also infected rehab and even surgery centers. 1.7 million infections have been identified in a year. Nosocomial infections kill more Americans each year than AIDS and breast cancer combined. So the counter attack was begun to save lives and patient distress.

The term "nosocomial" (nōzōˈkōmēəl) comes from two Greek words: "nosus" = "disease" + "komeion" = "to take care of." So, it is a disease or infection from being taken care of (or hospitalized).

The terms “Hospital Acquired Infection” or “Hospital Associated Infections” or “HAI” or “Nosocomial Infection” will be used interchangeably through this article.

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Effective Environmental Services Reduces HAI's

by Jason Di Marco on August 03, 2017
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Never before has the importance of hospital environmental services been more respected and promoted.   

While hospitals perpetually strive to provide a clean safe environment for their patients, staff and visitors, the fight against aggressive pathogens has become more challenging.

Environmental Services are the first line of defense against these assaults.

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Topics: Environmental Monitoring

Medical Gas System Software - Breakthrough Compliance Technology

by Jason Di Marco on June 12, 2017
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CHT is proud to introduce their latest in a series of ground breaking software programs designed to automate medical gas compliance while making critical, decision making data instantly available.

The new, patented CHx program is a state-of-the-art, online system designed specifically to make healthcare systems manage their medical gas programs more efficiently. All of your facility’s medical gas system information is accessible real-time, through a user friendly interface allowing you to access data, complete risk assessments and make decisions in very little time; saving you time and money.  

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Topics: Healthcare Compliance Software, Medical Gas Compliance

How to Identify and Analyze a Hospital Risk Assessment

by Jason Di Marco on May 04, 2017
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NFPA and other certifying agencies have narrowed their philosophy for the inspection and certification of hospitals from an occupancy-based code to a Risk Based philosophy. This requires the hospital to identify potential dangers and faults in all their systems and have on hand a written policy to handle equipment maintenance and failures.

This plan is Risk Assessment.

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Topics: Medical Gas Compliance

Master Alarm Panel for Medical Gas

by Jason Di Marco on April 13, 2017
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At every step along the way from the source to the patient there are alarms to warn of lack of supply and changes in the quality of the medical gases being delivered.

The one place these alarms show up that is not staffed by trained personnel is at the master alarm.

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Topics: Environmental Monitoring

How to Prepare for a Medical Gas Shutdown

by Kristyna Keenan on April 06, 2017
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Every smooth running operation has a time when they have to shutdown some part of their medical gas system for maintenance.

The effect of this down time though is to take many departments in the building out of their comfort zone. Here are some ways to make the process easier from psychological and practical perspectives.

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Surgical and Oxygen Source Fires

by Jason Di Marco on March 16, 2017
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Surgical fires occur in, on or around a patient who is undergoing a medical or surgical procedure. An estimated 550 to 650 surgical fires occur in the United States per year. (2)

Oxygen related fires can occur anywhere along the supply lines but most often are in the OR where the oxygen concentration is the highest and the equipment is constantly being turned on and off wearing components and varying line pressures.

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