From the desk of Managing Editor –AHPI E-News

Dr.Vijay Agarwal President of Delhi Chapter – Advisor Quality and Business Excellence, Max Healthcare.

Energy Efficiency in Hospital

Hospitals are among the nation's most complex, diverse, and energy-intensive facilities and today find themselves at the nexus of two critical pressure points: health care and energy.

Unlike most other commercial buildings, hospitals must be fully operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and are required to maintain services during power outages, natural disasters, and emergencies that force other facilities to close. Some of the life saving equipment must continue functioning uninterrupted.

Within the healthcare industry, the constraints of rising costs, lower reimbursements, an aging population, and outdated facilities are intersecting with burgeoning energy pressures such as growing demand, rising costs, and increasing concerns about carbon emissions and energy reliability.

AHPI is committed to raise the level of awareness on energy efficiency among the hospital administrators and energy managers to inspire them to initiate and implement energy conservation program in their facilities. Energy conservation is important for improving hospital economics as well as environment. Energy expenses contribute to 10-20% of the operating and maintenance cost.

It is important for all of us working in hospitals to remember that even the smallest step – like switching off lights, ACs, and computers when we are not at our workstation can contribute in saving at least 20% of the cost mentioned above. CAHO has been in regular dialogue with Prof Satish Kumar (Chairman Alliance for Energy Efficient Economy) who gave the following suggestions:

Please join the energy conservation movement ; Save your hospital and Save environment!