Controlling infectious agents is a significant concern to all health care facilities. Hospital-acquired infections cost the industry over $35 billion per year. FMC's unique multi-step process ensures the eradication of microbes on all equipment surfaces, including areas that are difficult to reach with conventional cleaning methods. Our state-of-the-art equipment reaches temperatures up to 380º and pressure over 1300 psi.
Typical Condition of Hospital Rolling Stock
- Stretcher contaminated with patient’s fluids
- Discarded harmful casters
- Mop string, hair and sutures
Examples of Rolling Stock
- Over Bed Tables
- IV Poles
- Monitor Stands
- Procedure Recliner
- Pharmacy Carts
- Mayo Stands
- Hoyer Lifts
- Trash Cans
- Code Carts
- Linen Carts
Advantages of the Rolling Stock Maintenance Program
- Significant Reduction of Costly HAI’s
- Compliance with JCAHO Standards
- Lower Replacement Cost by Extending the Lifespan of Equipment By 50%
- Create a Safer Work Environment
- Employ Advanced Steam Technology and the Industries Leading Disinfectants
- Design and Implement a Custom Service Program that Minimizes the Disruption to Patient Care
The processes utilized by FMC eliminates 99.9% of all disease causing micro-organisms, included but not limited to:
- H1N1 (swine flu)
- H9N2 (bird flu)
- Reduce number of hospital-acquired infections due to contaminated surfaces.
- Create a safer environment for patients, doctors, nurses, and staff.
- Maintain all rolling stock in optimal working conditions, thus reducing avoidable expenditures.
- Build an accurate inventory of all serviced equipment.
- Arrange a schedule to take place during any hospital shift, and work closely with hospital staff during the entire process to prevent any interruption to patient care.
- Program's design exceeds JCAHO standards for their Rolling Stock requirement
- A detailed inventory database is created and hard copy report is presented to the Hospital’s administration upon completion of each project
- Joint Commission has targeted rolling stock as an important part of their inspections
The FMC equipment cleaning process is designed to track and sterilize all equipment while minimizing disruption to hospital function. FMC planners meet with all department heads to coordinate this process. In addition, a full inventory of all equipment is prepared, and a full report tracking the scope of the project is available with 72 hours of completion.
- All rolling stock being sterilized is tagged, using department specific color-coded ID bands, by hospital personnel. This ensures that all equipment will be returned to its original location.
- Hospital departments are given a schedule for delivering equipment to staging area.
- Saturate all items in hospital grade disinfectant to neutralize any potential infectious agents.
- Inspect all equipment.
- Remove all hair, tape, string, etc. from non-electrical equipment.
- Perform minor repairs, adjustments and replacement of wheels, casters, rubber chair tips, etc.
- Sterilize all surfaces of equipment using 380º steam at 1300 psi.
- Dry all surfaces utilizing extraction, compressed air, and sterile microfiber cloths.
- Inspect, certify, and inventory all serviced rolling stock.
- Return all equipment to a clean staging area designated by the hospital.