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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
Jason Di Marco

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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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Hospital Accreditation Facts to Know

by Jason Di Marco on March 09, 2017
Jason Di Marco

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As operations managers and facility directors our work is judged not only by keeping the lights on and the fans running, but by the judgment of an accrediting agency making surprise or planned inspections on a regular basis.

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Topics: Environmental Monitoring

Improve Your Facilities Results by Enhancing Healthcare Performance

by Jason Di Marco on March 02, 2017
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Every day we come into the office and move papers and look at emails until the phone starts ringing. Then all the needs and crises start driving our activity. This flood of requests and demands challenge anyone to “Keeping the main thing, the main thing.”

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Topics: Healthcare Compliance Software, Medical Gas Compliance

Sentinel Events and Hospital Response

by Jason Di Marco on February 23, 2017
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The Joint Commission created the concept of Sentinel Events some years ago to alert the hospital and others in healthcare of problems or actions that cause death or injury to patients.

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Topics: Medical Gas Compliance

Infectious Control – Pressure to Reduce Hospital Acquired Infections

by Jason Di Marco on February 16, 2017
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Publications as diverse as Medscape and Consumer Reports have alerted patients and professionals to the chance that some of the germs and other damaging agents in the hospital environment can be spread and cause hospital acquired infections. This has generated more press with the attack of multiple antibiotic resistant infections in several regions.

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Topics: Environmental Monitoring

Emergency Preparedness Plan for Healthcare Facilities

by Alston Hatch on February 09, 2017
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Is your hospital prepared for a BIG emergency?

As the Plant Operations or Facility Manager our commitment is to serve the health needs of the community and do it economically following the rules. Everyday emergencies are deftly handled by the professional staff and we keep the lights on and the equipment working.

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Topics: Medical Gas Compliance

2017 Healthcare Engineering Conferences Worth Attending

by Jason Di Marco on February 02, 2017
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2017 is already flying by and we all need to stay in touch with the latest regulations and technology to serve our hospitals and patients. That means attending some of the nation’s best recognized healthcare conferences and expos.

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Topics: Medical Gas Compliance