Changes in the healthcare landscape are forcing many facilities to upgrade how they manage the repairs and maintenance of hospital beds and stretchers. Recent legislation has tied healthcare reimbursement to patient satisfaction, health outcomes, and the safety of the healthcare environment. As a result, hospitals are finding out that hospital beds and stretchers can have a great impact, both positively and negatively on their financial health.
Hospital beds have come a long way in the past few decades. What was once mostly a mechanical machine, has become a truly sophisticated piece of medical equipment, providing comfort, safety, and increased functionality to hospital patients and caregivers. This increase in the sophistication, has presented challenges to those charged with maintaining this equipment in a timely and economical fashion.
When a hospital bed or stretcher fails, there exists an inconvenience on several levels. For one, if a patient is in a malfunctioning bed, the patient may have to be moved in order to assess the problem and complete the repair. Secondly, when a hospital bed fails it takes up costly hospital real estate. One less bed can mean increased ER wait times, delays in delivery of care, and stress on the system as a whole. Even if a loaner bed is used to replace the defective bed temporarily, the defective bed must be stored or moved. If your facility has a bad week with multiple bed failures, this can present a real problem in a hurry.