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size of the scraper or rubber mat that
you’re using,” says Kendzior. “If you’re
going to use a mat outside of your
building to have people knock some of
the soil or snow off of their shoes, using
a large, rubber scraper mat is a great
way to do it. By the time they come into
the building, snow that was on their
boots or shoes is not being tracked in.”
Of course, addressing walkways and
other surfaces where building occupants
might pick up snow, ice and soil will also
help. Having a proactive response to
winter weather will reduce the amount
of water and material that occupants’
shoes will pick up on their way to the
building. Moreover, Kendzior suggests
using deicer before it snows so it can
effectively reduce snow and ice buildup
before it becomes a problem.
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an assistant editor of BUILDINGS.
How Population Health Principles are
Changing Hospital FM Strategies
ADVANCED DATA ANALYTICS IMPROVE OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE
In much the same way that doctors and nurses use real-time data to monitor patients’ vital signs, hospital FMs are increasingly using sophisticated sensors embedded in equipment to track the health of their “patient” – the HVAC system.
Data-driven decisions are a cornerstone of population health management, which
uses patient data to guide strategies to improve individuals’ health at the low-
est necessary cost. A population health model is ideal for facilities management,
explains Pete Bulgarelli, Executive Managing Director of JLL Corporate Solutions.
“Hospitals are using data to identify and track high-risk and at-risk patients, but
few have a technology platform to help them manage the part of their business that
represents 40% or more of the assets on their balance sheets,” Bulgarelli says. “If
hospitals applied a population health management model to their real estate and
facilities, they would reduce the risk associated with aging equipment and infrastruc-
ture and keep them performing at a high level.”
Five areas of FM in particular are a good fit for a population health model, accord-
ing to a new JLL report:
1) Patient safety and
satisfaction. Use technology to track routine maintenance orders through
mobile devices that allow
FMs to prioritize, assign,
execute and track the work
orders’ progress. Analyzing
work order data can also
shine a light on recurring
problems with people, processes or equipment, helping identify opportunities
for operational efficiency
and candidates for retrofits
2) Life safety. Hospitals
and health systems have started using an automated approach to regulatory compli-
ance, the report explains. For example, analytics can show the percentage of failed
life safety elements to better understand the condition and maintenance of build-
ings. Automating these processes makes it easier to proactively address life safety
codes and regulations, which not only improves compliance, but also enhances
3) Environmental equipment. Sensors can continuously track performance and
transmit data in real-time, eliminating the need to do manual spot checks to assess
equipment health. Analyzing that data lets users anticipate when equipment might
fail and take action accordingly.
4) Medical equipment. RFID tags make it easy to keep an accurate inventory of
medical equipment and its location so that physicians can ensure the right equipment goes to the right room. “Smart” medical equipment that utilizes the Internet of
Things to talk to other equipment without human intervention can transmit location
and performance data.
5) Space utilization. FMs can pull up color-coded floor maps and select filters to
view spaces by several variables. This information enables informed decisions on
the most effective and efficient use of space, such as choosing the closest available
diagnostic testing area to a patient’s room.
TYPES of ENTRYWAY
■ Wiper mats: Mats designed to remove
moisture, contaminants, dust and finer
soil from footwear.
■ Wiper-scraper mats: Mats designed
to remove and retain finer soil, dust and
absorb some moisture and contaminants
■ Scraper mats: Mats that remove and
retain heavier and larger soil through
contact with footwear.
■ Recessed well mats: Also referred to
as a foot grille, recessed well mats are
installed in a well below the surrounding floor level. They can also be installed
on the surface with permanent frames
and ramps. The mat construction can
be either as a scraper mat or a wiper-scraper mat.
■ Mat tiles: Tiles constructed of heavy
denier fibers that are either tufted or
needle punched or made from recycled
tires. Sometimes these products have a
■ Heavy-duty needle punch matting:
Thick matting manufactured in a needle
punch process from large fibers, usually
with a latex backing. This matting is finished with applied edging.