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Quality control at Avenue Health

Avenue Health will have systems in place to ensure quality is maintained with infrastructure and risk management to meet medical and surgical operating standards.

Infrastructure and Risk Management

  • Body protected electricity supply with residual current detectors, sealed lighting, uninterrupted power supply (UPS) and generator back up with capacity to run key areas of the facility for up to 6 hours. Surge protection and self contained single point unit (SPU) emergency lighting and signage. 16amp (single and 3 phase) and 32amp power for medical equipment. Electrical load control monitoring via the BMS.
  • Nurse, emergency, distress call and CCTV monitored security system. Person to person contact systems.
  • LED lighting in clinical areas with colour rendering to assist accurate skin tone assessment. Additional Waldmann magnified lighting and ceiling mounted wide field examination lights. Daylight control in all areas with high wall windows and automated interstitial blinds.
  • Reticulated medical gases in all patient areas fitted with an automatic manifold changeover system (4 and 7 bar air available in operating rooms). Anaesthetic gas scavenging and vacuum plant complete the medical gas systems delivered via pendants in operating rooms.
  • Washer decontaminator, cavity instrument cleaner and high capacity 250li steam autoclave with backup. Water quality maintained via a water softening plant.
  • Climate control and air handling systems with humidification modulation and high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration installed in operating rooms and the central sterile supply department sterile stores (CCSD). Air quality control in these areas with positive air pressure (laminar flow), minimum 20 air changes per hour (ACH) with up to 50% fresh air mix mode changeable via operating room (OR) touch panels.
  • Pathology laboratory with Leica UV cryostat, eye station, slide preparation bench, fume cupboard extract and microscopes. A procedure room with high level boost extract fan and additional point to point extract for CO2 laser smoke plume.
  • Fire protection with sprinkler system, smoke and heat alarms, fire rated walls with smoke and acoustic sealing. Three fire separated zones with strobe illuminated evacuation pathways.
  • Seismic structural safety standards met with steel braced building construction on cement crust stabilisation.

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Health and Safety

Proposed changes to Health and Safety legislation will see increased liability to business owners for workplace accidents.

This legislation is likely to come into effect from April 2015. Avenue Health as a new business will be in a position to draft their protocols and design their trainings with this in mind.

All staff using surgical and laser equipment in the clinical and pathology areas will have specific training and be subject to these protocols.

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Cosmetic and Self Funding Patients

Avenue Health will provide a cost effective environment for many cosmetic surgical procedures. This provides significant benefit for patients who are uninsured or self-funded.

To assist in cost effectiveness, the Avenue Health approach embraces modern advances which minimise the requirement for longer sedation and general anaesthetic procedures.

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DHB, ACC, Foundation Funding

Avenue Health businesses will be positioned to contract for the management of a number of conditions, both surgical and medical, due to onsite expertise, high facility standards and equipment such as vascular and CO2 lasers.

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Insurance Providers

Understanding affiliation and preferred provider options with insurance companies will be an ongoing challenge for our specialists.

Avenue Health will meet facility standard requirements mandated by insurers and will have well tested systems in place to provide a safe environment for patients and health professionals.

Avenue Health will have the benefits of high quality operating facilities tailored to cater for a wide range of skin surgical procedures.

We recognise the importance of taking on both insurance and self funded work in a cost effective way.

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Credentialed Medical Personnel

Avenue Health has its own credentialing system for medical personnel that work in the facility.

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Credentialed Nursing Personnel

Nursing staff are credentialed for clinical practice with non ablative lasers and injectables. All staff have up to date resuscitation and laser safety certification.

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