ATREO BLOG  |  BY DENNIS MCWHERTER

Do you use a pneumatic tube system? Do you take care of the maintenance for one? If you do, you know what happens when a tube system goes down. Immediately, calls or emails go out to the facilities department to get the system running again. If the problem is minor, the system can be up and running in no time. But what happens when you have a major problem, one that requires more time and manpower to resolve? How about a recurring problem that brings the system down an hour or two a week? It might even require a call to the supplier for assistance.

Ever wonder how much a downed tube system costs? If you use paid staff to manually deliver specimens, meds and other patient-critical items from point A to point B, it can cost anywhere between $1,500 and $7,500 per day, depending on the number of transactions the system handles.

It can cost anywhere between $1,500 and $7,500 per day.

Tube system downtime: Ever think about how much it costs?

And these estimates are conservative. Even if the system is down just one hour per week, that’s $3,000 to $16,000 per year in lost value.

This is why a preventive maintenance strategy is important. Atreo Services can advise you on how to keep a lid on these unexpected costs. We offer training programs for your staff, resident technicians and preventive maintenance programs at reasonable prices. Have questions? Call me, at 884.819.5887, or email me for answers.