Your patients count on you to deliver high-quality healthcare. While it’s easy to assume that that starts and ends with proper treatment and sound healthcare methods, the quality of your facility and the conditions it provides are crucial to providing a comfortable episode of care. The health and safety of your patients is largely contingent on the conditions of where you treat them—if your hospital’s HVAC systems aren’t performing up to standard, then you’re compromising their well-being.
The easiest way to make sure your hospital is up to standard is HVAC preventative maintenance. Stay out in front of whatever issues might arise with your HVAC system: sticking to a maintenance plan means your commercial HVAC equipment will function longer, better, and more efficiently. Your hospital’s HVAC maintenance needs to be on a tight schedule so that you never subject your patients to less-than-desirable conditions. Below we’ve listed the risks of neglecting HVAC standards for hospitals, and what your facility can do to improve conditions for physicians and patients alike.
What Are the Risks?
Think about how uncomfortable you are when working in poor conditions—the air conditioning is malfunctioning, the ventilation is stuff, and the humidity is so thick that it slows down your every movement. Now think about what kind of effect those same conditions might have on someone undergoing an episode of care. Risks stemming from poorly-functioning HVAC equipment in hospitals include:
- The spread of bacteria from high-humidity
- Inadequate care due to poorly-controlled temperature regulation—patients with high fevers may need a cooler environment, while patients with poor circulation may need a warmer temperature
- The shutdown of your entire facility: malfunctioning equipment can lead to your entire facility breaking down.
- Staff shortages: if your HVAC system isn’t working properly, it affects more than just the physicians. The staff may also attract bacteria and viruses more easily. If there’s no one around to deliver quality patient care, you’re in serious trouble.
What can I do to avoid those risks?
Smart maintenance is proactive maintenance. Your facility needs to abide by a strict routine—create a maintenance checklist that accounts for air quality, energy efficiency, heat pumps, and your air conditioner for a thorough look at how your system operates. Here are some important things to include on your maintenance checklist:
- Clean and change air filters
- Clean evaporator and condenser coils
- Check refrigerant levels
- Check ducts for leaks
- Check electrical connections
- Check parts for wear and tear
- Calibrate your equipment with the thermostat and humidistat
- Check drain lines and drip pans
You need to make sure your existing equipment is up to standard and performing at an optimal level. For comprehensive preventative maintenance that you and your patients can count on, reach out to A&G Piping today.