Elevators and Hospital Efficiency
Elevators in hospitals can be vulnerable to delayed transport times and congestion which can cause efficiency complications. If you’re managing or working in a hospital that depends on elevators to move patients, here are some options you have to become more effective.
Your hospital elevator may have a patient inside, but will still stop at other floors on the way to the patient’s destination. This won’t happen if a patient is in an acute situation, as staff will be able to override the elevator’s programming and go directly to the floor they need. However, if someone is simply going from radiology back to their room, that override won’t be active. That means delays for the patient and delays for the people getting on the elevator. However, this may soon become an annoyance of the past. Recent technologies developed by CEDES equip the elevator ceiling with sensors that detect the presence of a bed. When a patient is riding in the elevator, the sensors let the machine know to go directly to the selected destination without any stops. The patient moves quicker and the elevator becomes free right away.
While it’s almost impossible to keep visitors from wandering around a hospital, designating a specific bank of elevators for patient and staff use only can reduce some congestion and certainly make patients feel more comfortable. Patient privacy can be compromised when they’re grouped in an elevator with visitors. You could consider a card reader system for secure access to selected elevators to prevent outside use. If you do choose to set aside elevators specifically for staff, make sure they’re central ones. The added efficiency will be reduced if nurses and doctors have to do more walking to and from the elevators. Setting aside one elevator in each of your banks could be a great compromise.
There’s only so much an elevator can do for you, but did you know one of those things could be to save you money? Energy efficiency and recycling technologies are more available than ever. For example, you could consider outfitting your elevator with a regenerative drive. This is a special kind of motor that functions by capturing energy from by the elevator’s motion and feeding it back into the building’s electrical system. If the elevator is going down with a heavy load, or up with a light load, there’s extra energy generated by the motor which doesn’t get used, because the elevator doesn’t have to work as hard. Usually, the motor just heats up; but with the drive, it makes electricity instead. This system can produce an energy saving effect and reduce CO2 emissions by up to1400 KG/year.
Efficiency is key in a hospital; don’t let your elevator slow you down. Outside all these innovations, routine maintenance will optimize your existing system. Be sure you’re contracted with an expert like Liberty Elevator to keep your equipment running smoothly amid all the chaos.
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