Do you feel like you can't get ahead with compliance or have trouble making sense of your ever-growing list of compliance concerns?
In the healthcare industry, compliance is no longer just a concern for one month of the year, or that week your inspector chooses to stop by. Being compliance-ready and checking all of the boxes is more of a lifestyle, and your daily work often reflects whether you have your compliance ducks in a row or not.
So, how do you stay ready for that inspector while still getting your day-to-day tasks done (without more budget dollars or time in the day)?
There are a few compliance areas you can start focusing on today to increase your efficiency while staying compliant and streamlining your operations.
Everyone on your maintenance and operations team plays a critical role in protecting infection control and preventing disease, so it's important to make sure they have the tools and training they need to track and manage compliance work, while minimizing risks.
Infection control starts with being vigilant in the small daily tasks, while ensuring you have the right protocols documented and a way to show that you are putting them into action.
We all know that change is the only constant (as the saying goes) with compliance, and fire and life safety is one of those areas that always seems to be in flux. With new standards from The Joint Commission, CMS and OSHA, it can be too much to juggle.
But, this area is a top priority with the weight it carries for protecting both patients and staff.
Following these compliance codes and integrating them into your daily work orders and preventive maintenance plan can mean an easier inspection and being prepared for whatever comes your facility's way.
Although you might just expect your medical gas and vacuum systems to continue running as expected, they need supervision to ensure they're working properly and not putting anyone in danger.
Awareness and training go hand in hand to make sure each member of your staff understands how they can help keep compliance with these volatile systems. This will result in improved compliance, as well as better care and safety for patients.
Since hot and cold calls are some of the biggest complaints for maintenance teams, it's no surprise that the management of your HVAC system(s) is critical to your operations... and compliance. When you can better manage the condition of your heating and cooling systems and make data-driven decisions about how to maximize their performance, you'll be better prepared for compliance inspections.
Helping your HVAC system(s) be more compliant and efficient can cut down on costs, calls and complaints.
With recent events around natural disasters, emergency preparedness procedures have had much more scrutiny as a compliance concern. After all, it's not worth waiting until something happens to have your ducks in a row.
Being prepared for any emergency is the key to equipping your staff to act quickly and efficiently when needed.
Answering these questions about your compliance procedures can open your eyes to areas to be more efficient, which can equate to improved compliance and saved time.