Healthcare Facility Maintenance Schedules
Keeping Patients & Staff Safe
Optimizing your maintenance team and their schedules for your healthcare facility is imperative and could be the difference between the generators providing vital medical attention for patients or not having the ability to save lives. In the following below are a few best practices for your healthcare center to help get the most out of your maintenance teams and schedules:
Have your maintenance team turn on and run your backup generators and quickly fix any that are faulty. If the generators are needed, your facility will know without guessing they are working properly.
Fuel & Oil
When you are checking your generators, also check your backup fuel and the oil in your equipment. Document when you last changed the oil and set reminders for when it should be changed again to guarantee correctly performing equipment.
Digital Maintenance Logs
Keep an ongoing digital log of what and when equipment was reviewed and the state of the equipment. If equipment needs additional maintenance, log what it needs and document when the maintenance was completed.
Digital logs should be kept for preventative maintenance to your entire facility. This includes, changing filters, testing equipment, disposing of material, etc. In the log include the date each piece of equipment was last inspected/changed, the status, and when the next inspection should occur. To keep your healthcare facility up to safety standards, set reminders for equipment review each time you perform maintenance.
Critical Systems Audit
Facility maintenance teams should run a Critical Systems Audit (CSA) a minimum of every two years. This audit reports how and when energy is being used and perhaps how much energy is being wasted. It also assesses how well heating, ventilation, and air conditioning is operating throughout your facility. By performing a CSA, you may be able to pin point complications before they become a costly emergency.
Pro-actively recall where your emergency supplies are stored. A common place is the basement, where there is ample space and very little foot traffic. That may not be the safest place. If a pipe bursts, or a flood occurs, the basement is likely the first area that will be affected. Consider relocating these essential items to an area that they will be safer from the elements of your healthcare facility.
A minimum of one facility maintenance personnel should have time each day to address the following daily failures of your facility: broken lights, switches, sockets, doors, locks, windows, leaking pipes.
By establishing a proactive and effective maintenance schedule for your healthcare facility before an emergency arises, you are saving yourself and your first responders’ valuable time and resources.