Effective asset management is critical for medical facilities, serving several crucial purposes.
Firstly, asset management directly impacts patient care and safety. By maintaining equipment and keeping it in good working condition, hospitals and care homes can enhance patient outcomes. In the case of sluice room equipment, infection control will be significantly enhanced if all machinery is working at its optimum.
Secondly, asset management ensures cost efficiency, by optimising resource utilisation and preventing unnecessary purchases. This is particularly significant in the healthcare industry where medical equipment and supplies can be expensive – and budgets tight.
Furthermore, asset management is vital for compliance and regulatory requirements, including CQC inspections. Thorough asset management ensures that equipment is well-maintained, calibrated, and documented to meet these stringent precedents.
Perhaps most importantly, asset management empowers facilities to action a preventive maintenance strategy, which can fend off equipment breakdowns in the first place – as well as extending overall lifespan. This ensures that every benefit of well-maintained equipment – including safety and cost – can be maximised.
By proactively managing equipment, medical facilities can reduce the risks associated with equipment failures, supply shortages and compliance issues – as well as potential legal liabilities.
For preventative maintenance, data is indispensable.
The data generated by asset management systems provides valuable insights for data-driven decision-making, enabling facilities to identify trends, optimise asset utilisation and make informed choices regarding asset investments.
This also aids in budget planning, as facilities can schedule equipment upgrades or replacements in advance, ensuring smooth financial management. Understanding the lifecycle of assets allows medical facilities to plan for replacements or upgrades before equipment becomes obsolete or unreliable, thereby minimising disruptions to patient care.
DDC Dolphin is making it easier than ever to manage your sluice room assets.
Sluice rooms are essential for the safe disposal of medical waste, including contaminated materials and bodily fluids. Asset management ensures that your essential sluice room equipment, such as macerators and bedpan washer disinfectors, are regularly maintained and functioning correctly.
When actioned well, this process will mitigate countless risks – including the hazardous bedpan pileups which can occur during machine downtime (much to the frustration of clinicians).
The customer service portal from DDC Dolphin provides live visibility of your asset register, including essential information such as asset location, delivery date, condition ratings, warranty, and contract information.
The portal empowers maintenance managers to:
- View scheduled engineer visits.
- Access the history of visits, including reports provided by engineers.
- Log or request a visit.
- Send and receive notes and updates on specific jobs.
- Export spreadsheets for both asset register and cases.
- Add permission for users to access an individual site, or a whole group or trust.
This single hub of crystal-clear data makes preventative maintenance far easier to accomplish.
By providing the insights required to spot breakdown patterns, maintenance managers can be proactive in their approach and also build a case for asset replacement when required, rather than waiting for catastrophic breakdowns to force the issue.
Furthermore, the ease of planning regular maintenance can improve cost of ownership, ensuring each asset maximises its uptime and avoids costly failures.
By leveraging the DDC Dolphin customer portal to manage sluice room assets, medical facilities can enhance waste management processes, maintain a safe environment for patients and staff, optimise overall operational effectiveness and save money.