This Annual Conference session recording covers the 2008 edition of ASHRAE 170 and addenda as referenced by the 2012 edition of NFPA 99. With CMS adopting ASHRAE 170 as a Condition of Participation, it is critical to understand this standard.
This Inside ASHE article describes how to use engineering and equipment planning to create successful operating room spaces.
This Inside ASHE article details ways to ensure that sterile processing departments are working properly and gives information on SPD flow.
This Excel tool provides a checklist for environmental tours, including items related to fire safety, safety management, utilities, infection control, hazardous material, security, medical equipment, emergency management, and staff knowledge.
This downloadable inspection log can help your facility maintain battery powered lights for use in emergencies.
This Inside ASHE article discusses how smaller facilities, including clinics and satellite offices, can manage energy.
This article explains how measurement and verification programs help inform facility management decisions and the commissioning process.
A common question is whether emergency eyewash/shower facilities are required in blood draw areas or other areas where there are potential exposures to blood. This article explains... read more
This Inside ASHE article explains how filtration design for hospital air systems can help reduce health care-associated infections (HAIs).
This Inside ASHE article explains how to develop data centers with energy efficiency in mind.
This Inside ASHE article explains how to assess hospital pneumatic tube systems and outlines factors to consider when designing such systems.
A new ASHE monograph explores risk assessment of medical equipment—a key part of the Joint Commission’s Environment of Care Management Plans. The monograph,... read more
This Inside ASHE article explains how a Texas hospital worked with facility professionals around the world to support a huge pediatric AIDS care and treatment program.
This Inside ASHE article explains how proper fire protection system design can improve HCAHPS scores and raise satisfaction.
A change in the standards regulating operating room humidity levels may conflict with the instructions for use on some equipment and supplies routinely used in surgery. This advisory explains the issue and gives members guidance on how to proceed.
This document highlights the differences between relocatable power taps (RPTs), or power strips, with special purpose RPTs (SPRPTs).
This document compares relocatable power tap (RPT) waiver requirements from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with previous guidance from the National Fire Protection Association Health Care Interpretations Task Force and ASHE.
This sample power strip policy document created by ASHE can be adjusted to fit your facility’s needs. It discusses the use of relocatable power taps (RPTs).
ASHE developed this risk assessment tool to help health care facility professionals comply with the risk-based, patient-focused approach required by NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Codes... read more
Hospitals face new requirements and more challenges today than ever before. These challenges demand a holistic approach to EP system management—blending utility management... read more
The lack of empirical data on the nature of plug loads in the health care setting requires designers to estimate plug load based on simultaneous peak use of equipment.... read more
Electrical equipment requires regular repair and maintenance, yet this critical work is often deferred in hospitals because it is difficult to gain approval to turn off the... read more
This generator inspection checklist is based on charts in the Annex of the 2013 edition of NFPA 110: Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems. The emergency power supply system... read more
This memo from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) allows hospitals to use categorical waivers if they want to use relocatable power taps (RPTs), or power strips, in patient areas under certain conditions.
This Inside ASHE article explores how Swedish Medical Center in Washington State met sustainability goals and provided operational efficiency and annual savings.
This ASHE issue brief explains that CMS has clarified that hospitals may use alternative preventive maintenance schedules for most hospital equipment.
This issue brief explains that eight patients at a New Hampshire hospital may have been exposed to a fatal brain disease through the use... read more
As health care facilities undergo remodeling projects, the belief--or hope--often exists that current facilities are capable of handling increased electrical loads. But a piecemeal... read more
This alert states that WMTS systems will not be required to relocate to a different band.
This monograph summarizes storage requirements for medical gas cylinders, including bulk tank storage, in health care occupancies. Because it is anticipated that both the Joint... read more
This advisory explains that hospitals operating a medical telemetry system in the TV channel 37 Wireless Medical Telemetry Service (WMTS) band (608-614 MHz) need to know... read more
This advisory explains an EPA proposal from 2014 that will affect certain hospitals with new or existing coal-, biomass-, and oil-fired boilers. Natural gas... read more
The design of the modern medical imaging department must meet several seemingly divergent needs. It must accommodate highly technical medical equipment that is generally large,... read more
For health care facility planners, designers, and engineers, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) safety has historically been a non-issue, relegated to the domain of the MRI equipment... read more
Health care facilities can identify and prioritize patient medical equipment for scheduled replacement by the use of several well documented options. Proven metrics include equipment... read more
Healthcare organizations with an emergency power system (EPSS) are required to have a testing and maintenance program for the system and its various components. However, routine... read more
The provided PowerPoint template can be used to create manual or electronic documentation for sprinkler system information, including valve locations and functions and areas served.... read more