UTMB Property Services maintains a complete inventory of all utility equipment. Inclusion of equipment in the utility systems management program is based on risk criteria that include the component's impact on life support, infection control, environmental support, equipment support, and communication.
Utility components included in the program based on this risk assessment will be listed in the inventory, which is divided into life support, infection control support, and non-life support components for the purpose of calculation of maintenance completion rates. Property Services defines "High Risk", "Infection Control" and "Non-High Risk" equipment in its written inventory.
The Utilities Management Plan categorizes equipment as High Risk and Non-High Risk. High Risk equipment shall include equipment that meets the following criteria and shall be referred to as type "A" equipment. Equipment Non-High Risk will be referred to as type "B" equipment. UTMB adopted to apply the rigorous healthcare requirements set forth by The Joint Commission to all facilities at UTMB regardless of being a hospital, research, academic, or business entity.
Definition of High Risk Type "A" equipment: critical equipment that supports life and/or the prevention or passage of pathogens through water or air to patients in the healthcare facilities. Type "C" equipment meets the same definition, but for non-healthcare facilities.
Definition of Non-High Risk Type "B" equipment: the remaining equipment in our inventory that is not High Risk. Type "D" equipment meets the same definition, but for non-healthcare facilities.