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A Review of Common Hospital Utility Risks


Health care facilities are served by numerous utility infrastructure systems and their related equipment. Among these are the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) systems; plumbing systems (including water, waste and piped gases); and the electrical systems (both normal power and the essential electrical system).

This includes the building automation and control systems, information technology and communications systems, pneumatic tube systems, fire alarm and fire suppression systems, and even clinical technology systems and equipment.

Risk minimization concepts and strategies that apply to these systems should be reviewed periodically to ensure safe and efficient facilities operations.

In an article for Health Facilities Management, Dave Stymiest PE, CHFM, CHSP, FASHE FASHE, addresses how proactive assessment of hospital utilities can help to minimize risks and ensure safe and efficient operations.

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