We all know how critical “Downtime” can be to the profitability of a factory. Downtime equals lost productivity and lost productivity equals lost revenue. In the medical arena, Hospital Beds are just as critical to a medical facility’s profitability. In fact, we often gauge a Hospital’s size and market share by the number of beds it has.
This article will show you how to minimize downtime caused by faulty Hill Rom beds at your facility. Read the entire article and you will have a guaranteed strategy to make sure your hospital won’t lose money from hospital beds being out of service.
Before addressing the solution, it is best to fully understand the problem. When a medical bed fails it is an inconvenience to the patient, staff, and repair personnel. If a patient is in the faulty bed, he or she must be moved to another bed in order to trouble-shoot the problem. This presents a hassle for the staff and puts pressure on the repair technician.
An “out of service” bed takes up precious hospital real estate. In addition, one less bed often means one less available room to offer medical patients. Less rooms equals less revenue. If your medical center has a high number of bed failures one month, this can represent a real loss of income.
The solution to this problem. Is to have a proactive strategy. Here is the best strategy I have found for resolving Hill Rom Hospital bed downtime:
1. Have a few good loaner beds that can be swapped out for faulty ones in patient rooms.
2. Have a trouble-shooting area where bed problems can be assessed.
3. Have technical staff who can isolate the problem to a board or motor
4. Have a an exchange program for Hill Rom bed parts
5. Exchange parts as needed and put beds back in service
This simple strategy will make it very easy to stop the “financial bleeding” at your hospital caused by a Hill Rom bed being out of service.
A Hill-Rom parts exchange program will also save you loads of money when compared to OEM on-site service. To find a quality exchange program for your beds, use the resource section below.