Other Day 1 highlights included conversations on topics such as door inspections, barrier management, generator testing, and medical gas testing. The group also took a look at enhancements of existing ATG solutions currently under development, as well as new technologies, such as an infection control audit application.
Day 2 continued on a number of topics covered in the previous day's session, along with a discussion on the important subject of emergency management. Participants agreed that emergency preparedness should be a streamlined platform unto itself, as many hospitals currently have widely varying reporting levels and lack a comprehensive system to accurately identify vulnerabilities.
The George Mills Environment of Care session closed out Day 2 with a presentation and Q&A where Mr. Mills and members discussed ways in which hospitals can be better prepared for surveys. A point of particular note from the discussion was that facility managers tend to inadvertently admit potentially damaging information to Joint Commission surveyors. Said Mills, "When asked if you have a plan in place, show them the plan - no more, no less." Regardless of whether or not an item is on a surveyor's agenda, admitting any deficiencies not on a plan will still be a mark against the facility.
In closing, the ATG team reflected on the valuable contributions of the Healthcare Advisory Group members, who once again provided great feedback. These latest discussions reinforced the importance of collaborating with industry leaders and tackling the day-to-day challenges of managing today's healthcare facilities.
Facility management professionals joining the ATG team for the meeting included: