Managing medical gases is no easy task. Supply, monitoring, system maintenance, cylinder stocking and cylinder tracking, clinical staff training and hospital-wide risk analysis are just a few of the daily concerns. Add to that, meeting constraints on time and budgets. The challenges are even greater today since gases are often classified as pharmaceuticals and as such must meet strict regulatory standards.
The importance of maintaining high standards in the delivery, storage, handling and use of medical gases is unquestionable. From a cost perspective, if the correct standards are not applied, the costs of medical gas provision are often higher than necessary, for example:
Lack of control over cylinders can result in overly high stock and thereby higher rental costs as well as difficulty locating the correct, full cylinders in an urgent situation.
Lack of control results in higher risk of manual handling injuries.
Expensive emergency cylinder or bulk deliveries can be required to avoid unexpected stock outs.
Lack of planned maintenance can result in untimely plant failure and high cost emergency call outs. Changes in clinical practice with new gas demands can result in widespread disruption if design and capabilities of the plant are not clearly known and monitored.
Lack of timely response to alarms can increase the severity and costs of the incident.
QI® Services portfolio is designed to help you meet the many challenges of managing medical gases, safely and efficiently. With Consultancy services, for example, we can assist you in making an overall assessment of your hospital as regards safety, risk and compliance. Under Control, we offer services for automatic supply monitoring and cylinder traceability. Our Infrastructure service ensures your plant drawings are easily accessible and up-to-date. Maintenance programmes are tailored to your specific needs. You can view the complete portfolio under Service descriptions.