When running a hospital where so many lives are dependent on your facilities, the pressure is really on to make sure your property is in top shape. Every office, department, laboratory and ward needs to be running on par with the standards because lives are dependent on it. A casualty or a legal backfire could very well result in your reputation. So here are some pointers on how to manage a hospital efficiently.
First, you need to choose the right type of flooring. Flooring is usually classified into two types: hard and soft. Hard flooring includes materials like terrazzo, ceramic tiles, porcelain, etc. and these are usually installed in the lobby. Softer, low-density carpeting is used in corridors where patients pass through and walk up and down. Carpeting makes it easier for wheelchairs and IV equipment to be rolled around. They also help trap airborne infections, which should be regularly vacuumed. In the operating theatres and laboratories you can use a material known as vinyl. They are specially equipped with seamless welds to control infections.
The details for each equipment should be maintained and displayed so doctors know every detail about what they use as well as its usage. Needless to say, regular inspections need to be carried out to make sure nothing is malfunctioning. It might be a tiresome process but it needs to be scheduled in nonetheless.
So many patients, processes and operations are dependent on water in a hospital. If your property suffers from backflow, this means that water will flow in the opposite direction and becomes a health risk because it will contaminate pure water supplies. This usually occurs due to a pressure difference so you’ll have to hire a backflow plumber if this is the case. But just to be safe, you should hire one to test your system as well and provide you with documented backflow certification.
Hospitals need to have optimal lighting methods installed that are also energy-efficient. This will save you plenty of cost in the long run. First, work on replacing the incandescent lamps with fluorescent lamps, and make sure to install LEDs in your exit signs. All staff should be made aware of switching off the lights when leaving the room so that they maintain stable energy consumption. You should also try and stick to natural light as much as possible during the daytime- make use of sensors and technology that can instill control measures such as dimming, occupancy sensors, day lighting so that you don’t have to rely on your staff doing it manually all the time.
It’s perfectly natural for a hospital to import their equipment from abroad in high quantities. It may be far better on the wallet but your first step should be to get an Import Export License and an EPCG license. This way there are no legal complications. Then your only issue is making sure that the source you’re buying your equipment from manufactures reliable and sturdy goods. So make sure to do your research.
The reputation of a hospital is very fragile so make sure to follow these steps so you can manage it efficiently.
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