Comparisons

Cost Centers for Medical Gas Shutdowns WITHOUT SMART TAP WITH SMART TAP

Planning Shutdown

Time, management spends on coordination and scheduling

NONE

Respiratory Staff

Depends on area of SHUTDOWN

NONE

Nursing Staff

Depends on area of SHUTDOWN

NONE

Maintenance Staff

Extra staff to monitor shut down areas, and closed
valves

NONE

Contractor costs

Contractor Cost depends on size of shutdown. Usually
4 to 6 people

2 to 3 people

Certification

The entire area that was shutdown, which may include
entire hospital

Just within the area of piping where the SMART Tap
Procedure was performed

Outside Company or hospital supplied back up high
pressure cylinders and rental of regulators, hoses, carts, stands,
and demurrage on cylinders

As High as $100 per room

Included in cost. Only low pressure backup with safeties
installed or hospital main medical gas system used. Calculated for
demand usage.

Liability of removing patients from wall outlets and
connecting them to cylinders

Insurance Policy Deductible

NONE

Liability of high pressure cylinder regulator failing
and destroying gas piping and patients connected to them

Insurance Policy Deductible

NONE

Disruption of normal work routine at hospital

Worry about running out of back up gas, nursing and
respiratory departments are not doing their normal patient care duties

NONE

Missed Opportunities

During shutdown of an area, the area is not available
for patients or procedures

NONE

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