Posted on 03/04/2016
By: Lora Mays, Product Marketing Manager
While the Joint Commission no longer mandates the Building Maintenance Program (BMP), it still serves an important role with significant value for hospitals and healthcare organizations. Directed at Life Safety issues, it is a performance-based process that helps ensure you maintain a high level of accountability for completion of maintenance for specific items that are not stated in code, such as corridor doors, rated doors, fire doors, fire-rated barrier walls, egress illumination and corridor wall penetrations.
As such, implementing a Building Maintenance Program can be facilitated by adhering to the following checklist:
Using manual processes and tracking information via paper copies can make it difficult to ensure that you are meeting requirements to hit 95 percent compliance. Automating the processes and centralizing in a database designed for the specific maintenance requirements of hospitals and healthcare organizations can greatly simplify the process and make it easier to stay on top of inspections dates and repair progress.
Using a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) like TMS OnLine allows you to store all of this data in one place and incorporates segments, so you can consolidate information in one database while keeping departmental information (such as facility management or clinical engineering and environmental services) separate so stakeholders can only access the information that they need.
Without a record of all of the BMP items in your CMMS, it can be difficult to ensure that you are inspecting them on schedule and tracking the information gathered during inspections. Ensure that these assets are identified and tracked within the CMMS and you can establish ongoing maintenance schedules to ensure they receive maintenance when required so you can stay in compliance.
When Life Safety Code deficiencies are uncovered in the hospital or healthcare facility, documenting the information in a CMMS like TMS OnLine allows you to correct the deficiency, and have a paper trail detailing the maintenance record as well as information about the repair. This will ensure that you have records detailing the deficiencies, as well as how you fixed the deficiencies and maintained compliance.
With your data in one centralized database, you can easily generate reports to ensure that you are maintaining 95 percent compliance with your BMP. In addition, it can give you insight into your maintenance schedule and ensure you are complying with the requirements that you have established for your organization.
TMS OnLine boasts more than 250 built-in reports that help you measure your maintenance program against compliance to ensure that you are tracking against regulatory requirements. In addition, it’s easy to create custom reports to gain visibility into any of the maintenance processes in your organization.
Learn more about TMS OnLine and how it can help your hospital or healthcare organization manage its maintenance requirements across departments.