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National Patient Safety Goals from Problems to Solutions (Jan. 2021)

by Tim Richards on December 16, 2020
Tim Richards


Patient safety is a critical element of an efficient and effective healthcare facility. 

Every year, the Joint Commission's safety goals are updated to provide the highest standard of care for patients. TJC approves changes to its National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGS) to address the best practices to achieve patient safety.

The solutions, tailored to help hospitals and other healthcare organizations protect their patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. 

At CHT, we understand you want your medical gas systems to be compliant, pass inspections, and are safe for your facility. We provide quick access to compliance documentation when you need it and identify maintenance issues before becoming patient issues.

This article discusses the emerging patient safety issues and what action you can take to address them.

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Flexible Connector Considerations in Booms and Articulating Assemblies

by Tim Richards on November 24, 2020
Tim Richards


Medical gas equipment can be complex and varied in nature. And difficulty in accurately interpreting NFPA codes can add to the complexity. Flexible connectors are a good example.

They can reference the metallic connectors on central supply sources to mitigate machine vibration. Flexible connectors can also refer to non-metallic hoses that interconnect secondary and clinical equipment to wall inlets and outlets. They may be present in headwalls, manufactured assemblies, or simple drops from ceiling inlets and outlets. These types of hoses can be constructed of different materials, but all should be periodically inspected by the hospital staff to ensure they are not kinked or damaged. Of particular concern are hoses in surgical areas, as they can get bent, stepped on, and pinched by equipment.

In this article, we focus on the flexible connectors that are internal to articulating booms and pendants typically found in OR's, ICU's, ED’s and procedure rooms. The booms are designed for the unique needs of these areas and help eliminate the cords and cables which were once on the floor. Thereby making it easier to maneuver around a patient and equipment. They create an orderly working environment, increase efficiency, and contribute to an overall cleaner environment.

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Medical Gas Systems to Provide Energy-Efficient Gas Supply in Hospitals

by Tim Richards on October 29, 2020
Tim Richards

Cutting energy costs and reducing energy consumption are some of the first places healthcare facilities pursue to reduce their environmental impact and enhance sustainability. Healthcare organizations spend over $6.5 billion on energy each year, and that amount is rising to meet patients' needs.

By increasing energy efficiency, hospitals can improve their bottom line, freeing up funds to invest in new technologies and improve patient care.

As healthcare facility managers, you understand that medical gases and vacuum systems provide a safe and cost-effective source of the medical gases you require. Sources that produce the flow of medical gases through the piping networks are essential. This article looks at some of the energy-efficient central supply sources in healthcare facilities.

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Design Controls for Safety, Quality and User Needs

by Tim Richards on October 19, 2020
Tim Richards


In the United States, medical devices are regulated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Most medical devices are required to follow specific design control processes and comply with FDA 21 CFR part 820 Quality System Regulations.

As a leader in the control, management, and monitoring of medical gas systems, our commitment to the medical field encourages us to stay on top of design controls in medical devices, product development, and risk management.

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Zone Valve Considerations for Your Pipeline Distribution Network

by Tim Richards on September 03, 2020
Tim Richards


Zone valves are an integral component of your medical gas pipeline distribution network. They allow for isolation of specific areas of the system in the event of an emergency, required maintenance, or planned shutdowns related to renovations and modifications.

Incorrect locations, out of date labeling, or potential obstructions could result in disaster if this otherwise static asset is not appropriately managed. It is essential to be mindful of the zone valve requirements and considerations below to ensure  this vital utility system's effective operation.

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Anesthesia Safety: Medical Gas Distribution in Anesthetizing Locations

by Tim Richards on July 30, 2020
Tim Richards
It may come as no surprise that of all the various care spaces within a healthcare facility, the surgical suite can be considered one of the most important. It is not only because of the critical life-saving procedures that occur but also because of the organization's overall financial health. 
It is paramount that the operating rooms' medical gas systems are designed and installed correctly. The individuals working within the department need to be aware of their function and responsibilities in an emergency.
At CHT, we understand you want your medical gas systems to be compliant, pass inspections, and are safe for your facility. In this article, we discuss the different levels of anesthesia, the importance of its safety, and the distribution of your medical gas systems for areas designated for the administration of general anesthesia. 
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Gas Riser Diagram to Establish Healthcare Facility Safety

by Tim Richards on June 25, 2020
Tim Richards


Given today’s challenging healthcare environment and the demands placed on safety and performance, it is more crucial than ever for healthcare facilities to have control of their medical gas system, as well as the proper compliant documentation to support it.

Schematic drawings or "riser diagrams" provide a visual of the entire medical gas pipeline system, from source supply equipment to patient. A riser diagram can ensure the system is easy to understand and the key components can be quickly identified. This is especially critical during any maintenance system shutdowns.

At CHT we understand you want your medical gas systems to be compliant, pass inspections, and are safe for your facility. In this article, we discuss the importance of gas riser diagrams and the mapping of your medical gas systems.

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The Effect of COVID-19 on Medical Gas Systems Today

by Tim Richards on May 05, 2020
Tim Richards


The past several weeks highlights navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, the hyper-realization of the vital importance of the medical gas system, and the effects of increased demand on this critical infrastructure. As a result of pushing these systems to, or even beyond their designed limits, additional risk factors have been realized and should be addressed in the weeks and months ahead. Below are some considerations to keep in mind during these unprecedented times.

While some areas and facilities have already experienced a peak in cases and are, hopefully, on a downward trend, other parts of the country are right in the middle of this crisis. And still, other areas have fortunately experienced little impact. And there is always the potential for a surge to reemerge in the future.

Regardless of an individual facility’s experience, now is the time to identify and evaluate potential risks and how to address them moving forward. While doing so, it is essential to remember that assessing these risks should not be based solely on the possibility of an asset failure, but on the overall impact that may occur when an asset does fail.

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COVID-19 and Negative Pressure Rooms in Hospitals

by Jason Di Marco on March 18, 2020
Jason Di Marco
In these unprecedented times, it is critical that hospital ventilation systems are in proper working order. The COVID-19 coronavirus has heightened this importance more than ever. Particularly in a hospital setting, certain populations are more vulnerable to airborne infections than others, including immune-compromised patients, newborns and the elderly. Of course, hospital personnel and visitors can also be at risk of contracting airborne diseases as well.

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Topics: Environmental Monitoring, Medical Gas Compliance

What is Glutaraldehyde? [Uses, Effects, and Safety Solutions]

by Tim Richards on February 25, 2020
Tim Richards


Glutaraldehyde has been a high-level disinfectant for over 50 years. As a disinfectant, it is used to eliminate harmful microorganisms on surgical instruments and has other uses as a fixative or preservative in other parts of a healthcare facility. However, it can get into the air from its use as a disinfectant and employees and patients can be exposed to the chemical. Prolonged exposure to employees can become a problem.

At CHT we provide solutions to maintain the health of your employees with environmental monitoring to ensure their well-being. We understand it's crucial to keep your employees safe and your healthcare facility compliant. In this article, we discuss the health effects and managing the chemical safety of glutaraldehyde in the workplace.

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Topics: Environmental Monitoring

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