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Managing Hospital Ventilation to Achieve HVAC System Compliance

by Tim Richards on July 22, 2021
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In healthcare facilities, ventilation goes way beyond whether you're just hot or cold. A ventilation system proves to effectively reduce hospital infections, maintain indoor air quality while following specific Standards.

For example, ventilation rates are defined in the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 62.1and Standard 170. The design and installation of utilities to meet patient care and operational needs are critical. Implementing strategies to manage the ventilation and HVAC systems keeps patients, visitors, and employees safe.

In the last eighteen months, we have evolved from a pre-pandemic state to a chaotic pandemic environment to our typical balanced approach to ventilation control. CHT provides pressure and airflow tests with documentation as part of your Vitaleyez™ program profile that satisfies the codes. As healthcare facility managers, you have to ensure compliance, become a more impactful facility leader, and leverage real-time data to make informed decisions. 

This article discusses hospital ventilation airflow with planned steps to increase your HVAC system compliance and to develop a ventilation management program (VMP) for your healthcare facility.

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Airflow Ventilation: What's New for Hospital Airflow? (ASHRAE Standard 170-2021)

by Tim Richards on June 17, 2021
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The ASHRAE Standard 170 has been guiding ventilation requirements for the healthcare industry facilities for over a decade.  

I think you'll agree the core elements of Standard 170 for infection control have risen to the occasion and weathered the storm the past year with the coronavirus scenario. 

In healthcare facilities, ventilation goes way beyond comfort. Air handling and distribution systems will help control the transmission of airborne infections and have the ability to reduce hospital infections overall.

Bottom line:

A ventilation system proves effective at reducing hospital infections.

HVAC systems are built to keep the indoor air quality (IAQ) safe for patients. Because of the airflow standards, equipment must meet high ventilation rates and filtration requirements. Healthcare facilities serve a critical service, and they must consider several factors to provide adequate public health. Among the concerns for health care facilities is airflow ventilation.

CHT provides pressure and airflow tests with documentation as part of your Vitaleyez program profile that satisfies the code. As healthcare facility managers, you have to leverage real-time data to make informed decisions. This article discusses the importance of air quality and hospital airflow and the changes to ASHRAE Standard 170-2021.

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17 Tips to Improve Patient Flow That Will Impact Efficiency (New Updates)

by Tim Richards on May 12, 2021
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What is Patient Flow?

Patient flow is the moving of patients within your healthcare facility. It involves medical care, resources, decision-making, and 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 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 and safety and address patient flow in hospitals. Improving your patient flow is a way to increase revenue and patient satisfaction.

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2021 Healthcare Engineering Conferences Worth Attending

by Tim Richards on April 15, 2021
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COVID-19 has drastically impacted our world and the healthcare industry, whether for prevention, diagnosis, or therapy. It has led to our behavior changes - wearing a mask, hand washing, and safe distancing.

With social distancing requirements in place, the need for virtual conferences to stay in touch with the latest regulations and technology to serve our hospitals and patients became apparent.

This is an especially important time to reach leaders, strengthen relationships, and network since many hospitals and facilities are undergoing major projects and responding to shifts in the health care climate.

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What are Sentinel Events in Healthcare? (And How to Defeat Them)

by Tim Richards on March 17, 2021
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Sentinel events occur when a patient is seriously injured (permanently or temporary) or causes death, happening outside the predictable course of the patient’s disease process.

The Joint Commission created the concept of sentinel events years ago to alert the hospital and others in healthcare of problems or actions that cause death or injury to patients. The events are called "sentinel" because they signal the need for immediate investigation and response.

As a leader in the control, management, and monitoring of medical gas systems, we thought we would address sentinel events with examples, statistics, and a 5-step process of what to do when and if a sentinel event occurs in your facility.

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NFPA 99 Medical Gas for Healthcare Facilities [2021 code]

by Tim Richards on February 23, 2021
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As with most healthcare aspects, medical gas systems continue to evolve to provide a safer, more effective patient experience. NFPA 99 Health Care Facilities Code is no exception, and the 2021 edition has some noteworthy changes and additions with which facility managers should be aware.

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

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Medical Oxygen System: Extraordinary Use and Strategies to Avert Failure

by Tim Richards on January 21, 2021
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As we move into 2021, there continues to be an increased demand for oxygen delivery systems. Oxygen remains a critical resource in any disaster management.  With the COVID-19 pandemic still heavily prevalent, the oxygen delivery infrastructure is nearly collapsing under pressure.

Strategic management of oxygen supplies in this time remains a priority. Hospitals have large supplies of liquid oxygen and a supply of compressed gas oxygen cylinders that allow several days of the reserve, but a large influx of patients from the pandemic is straining these resources.

As a leader in the control, management, and monitoring of medical gas systems, our commitment to the healthcare facility managers' encourages us to stay on top of preventative measures you can take to keep this from happening to your facility's oxygen and medical gas systems.

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

by Tim Richards on December 16, 2020
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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
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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
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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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