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Maintenance Standards for Critical Areas in Victorian Health Facilities

The Maintenance Standards for Critical Areas in Victorian Health Facilities document provides a set of general and additional maintenance standards that can be applied to all critical areas in hospitals and health services. Critical areas are defined using the risk categories (categories A and B) previously described in the department’s ‘Cleaning standards for Victorian health facilities 2009’.

Maintenance Standards Aims and objectives

  • To clarify, standardise and formalise minimum standards and requirements for the maintenance of building services such as air conditioning and ventilation systems in high risk patient areas within health facilities.

  • To increase efficiencies and articulate lines of responsibility for health facility maintenance departments.

  • To enhance the reporting capacity of health facility maintenance departments on compliance and validation.

  • To increase health facility maintenance departments' contribution to internal quality improvement reports and processes

Inadequate maintenance of critical areas affects patient safety by posing an infection control risk.  Such a set of maintenance standards contributes to patient safety and to continuous quality improvement processes.  A process of auditing against the maintenance standards and timeframes for action are described.  A summary of audit outcomes, for example a variance report detailing any problems identified and corrective action taken, can be used to provide a clear measure of current status to health service manages via, for example, a health service’s infection control committee or quality and safety committee

The maintenance standards can be downloaded from the Department of Health website by clicking here.

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