After Superstorm Sandy, this statement in the Reuter’s article, “Insight – Sandy shows hospitals unprepared when disaster hits home” was a wake-up call to the healthcare industry: “US hospitals are far from ready to protect patients when disaster strikes.”
Whether that statement is true or not for your facility, now is a good time to stop and ask, “Is our healthcare facility as prepared as it could be? How can we be better prepared?”
A recent survey by The Joint Commission found that only one third of hospitals planned to upgrade their infrastructure. George Mills, head engineer for The Joint Commission said, “Two-thirds said they were going to keep going with that they had and hope it was enough. Unfortunately, many of our hospital buildings are 50 or 60 years old.”
Aging buildings also means aging equipment.
According to the article, “For hospital administrators trying to keep their institutions in the black, disaster-resistant infrastructure is expensive and lacks the sex appeal of robotic surgery suites and proton-beam cancer therapy to attract patients.”
True. But for the technology that attracts patients to work, the hospital has to be operational. This means equipment has to work properly.
Is your equipment functioning well? Is it requiring more reactive maintenance than it should? Does it need to be replaced? Do you have documentation to support that the current equipment is due to be replaced?
The ability to track equipment and know exactly what has been done to it is critical to ensuring your facility stays operational. A maintenance management system, like FacilityDude’s MaintenanceEdge, can tie reactive and preventive maintenance work orders to a piece of equipment – giving you a complete equipment history. Knowing all the work done to a piece of equipment allows you to better determine when it will be due to be replaced.
Some things are hard to predict, like Mother Nature. Replacing your equipment should not be hard to predict.