It has been said that time is free …. but it’s priceless. And once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back. If you are a health care provider – single person practice or massive hospital and laboratory complex – you will remember 2020 when during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, through nobody’s fault, a massive amount of time which could have been used to provide medical treatment, testing, or surgeries, was lost. Not only the lost opportunity to help patients in need, but business threatening levels of lost revenue.
The American Hospital Association estimates that in 2020 $323 billion in revenue was lost by hospitals and healthcare facilities compared to baseline levels due to reductions of 20% in inpatient volume and 35% in outpatient volume coupled with the increased expenses of PPE and other specialized equipment. That figure does not include the losses incurred by hundreds of thousands of private practices.
Granted, the losses are a result of what we hope was a once-in-a-lifetime global pandemic, the origin of which was out of our control. Healthcare facilities are at risk every day of having to shut down offices, hospital rooms, laboratories, operating rooms, and diagnostic equipment and forever lose big chunks of patient treatment time because of water leaks. Understanding the magnitude of costs involved and the gravity of being unable to provide treatment to patients in need, why would you take the chance of having to turn patients away from something far less complex than a pandemic, like water damage, when it can be prevented?
It makes no difference if you are national hospital chain, local medical center, private testing lab or a small private medical or dentistry practice, an undetected water leak in your healthcare facility could destroy sensitive, expensive equipment, ruin critical lab tests, or even close an entire hospital wing. Even shut down your private practice.
Prevention, most healthcare providers will tell you, is the best medicine. Well today the technology available to prevent a small water leak from turning into a torrent of water flowing through the ceiling and onto your MRI machine is readily available, easy to install, and economical. The technology exists, and it is easier and more cost efficient than ever before to monitor water leaks in your healthcare facility. And importantly, help sustain this natural resource. https://thedetectiongroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/TDG-Hospitals-Medical-Leak-Sources.pdf
- The Detection Group, a member of the Watts Family of Brands, has several solutions available that can be tailored to the needs and size of your facility.
- The FM Approved Trident Wireless Leak Detection System – for use throughout any size or age facility. It is the same FM Approved system that is installed in more than five hundred commercial and healthcare buildings across North America. Its sensors detect leaks and notify maintenance personnel as to precisely where a leak is taking place day or night, weekday or weekend via text, cell phone and email when water is detected where it does not belong so it can be quickly fixed. https://thedetectiongroup.com/system/library/
- The Detection Group Flow Meter – digitally tracks real time water consumption, all day, every day. If flow is abnormally high or remains high for a longer period than normal as a result of a leak in the system, the Flow Meter will instantly shut the water supply off. The Flow Meter has also proven time after time an important sustainability tool in conserving water and reducing water bills. https://thedetectiongroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/DTF-310-Series-Flow-Meter-Valve-Spec-Sheet-R1.pdf
Remember, just because you can’t see a leak, doesn’t mean it’s not there. Installing an FM Approved Trident™ wireless water leak detection system can save you money, keep your Healthgrades high in the eyes of patients and help you continue saving lives.