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FOREWORD


Broadening the scope


It is my pleasure to introduce the 2020 Edition of the IFHE Digest. Like much of what we do in the International Federation of Healthcare Engineering, this Digest represents the power and benefit of our shared network. It is indicative of the capacity we have to share our learnings and to provide shared enlightenment on essential and critical topics in the broad realm of healthcare facilities management. With this publication I offer my special


thanks to the IFHE Digest Liaison Officer, Andy Wavell for the coordination and effort required to deliver another excellent edition. This work requires coordination and communication with the international review panel, who consider each of the abstracts, and Andy coordinates this with the publishers. I also especially note the recognition Andy achieved at the 2019 IHEEM Awards Dinner, held in Manchester, where he was recognised for 50 years of active involvement with IHEEM in a special Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented by Ian Hinitt, President of IHEEM, and myself. It was an honour to share the stage with Andy for this well- deserved recognition. Andy has been an active supporter of IHEEM professional activities, and during much of this time has also been an integral member of the IFHE leadership team, and a helpful mentor to myself. Andy has demonstrated a long standing commitment to Healthcare Engineering and Estates Management through a long career, but has also shown considerable dedication and interest in the international arena through IFHE, where he has continually been an active and positive participant. During the recent IFHE Executive


Committee and Council meetings that were hosted by IHEEM in Manchester, I was happy to be involved in supporting the decision of Council to adopt a name change of IFHE. In recognising the broader context in which many of our member organisations now operate Council agreed to broaden the scope of the international federation from ‘just’ hospitals to the broader healthcare environment. Accordingly you will see that IFHE now


Darryl Pitcher


Darryl Pitcher is president of the International Federation of Healthcare Engineering (IFHE) and CEO of Bethsalem Care and Greenbriars Village in South Australia. Darryl has more than 30 years’ experience in hospital engineering in the public, private and aged care sectors. He is a board member and past president of the Institute of Hospital Engineering, Australia (IHEA). In his role on the IHEA board he oversees technology and communications and is editor of Healthcare Facilities, the IHEA quarterly journal. Darryl’s passions include sustainability and innovation to deliver efficient and improved services to improve health and wellbeing.


IFHE DIGEST 2020 3 The IFHE continues to strive to achieve


Andy Wavell is presented with the 2019 IHEEM Lifetime Achievement Award by IHEEM’s President, Ian Hinitt (right) and myself.


stands for the International Federation of Healthcare Engineering. As was stated in recommending this change:


“Many of our member organisations have already recognised the changing trends facing their organisations and have broadened their focus beyond the hospital setting, to embrace the wider healthcare environment. Whilst this trend may not be occurring in every country, the focus of IFHE has expanded to include Elderly Care, Disability Care, Primary Healthcare, Domiciliary Care, Day-Surgery, Procedure and Treatment clinics, Pathology and Research Laboratories and Health related Educational organisations. The Design, Construction and Operation of these facilities have much in common with traditional hospitals, so it is appropriate that this be recognised.” We understand that some were not in


favour of the change and respect their position identified by survey prior to the Council meeting, however the unanimous decision of those in attendance at the meeting in Manchester were in favour of the change. For our members, we recognise that changes will need to be made to the governing documents of IFHE and these will be undertaken in due course.


recognition for those involved in healthcare engineering and the associated activities in managing and operating healthcare facilities around the world. Our goal is also to support improvement and progress in areas of environmental sustainability, efficiency and safety of healthcare facilities in any way possible. This is why the International Congresses are an excellent platform to share knowledge, network and learn with each other. In Rome in May 2020 there will be a special focus on sustainability in the light of the pressures facing healthcare engineering by changing climate. A series of Awards are now open for submissions from individuals and organisations to be recognised for effort made to reduce the impact of healthcare on our environment, and I encourage everybody to consider these via the IFHE and the Rome 2020 Congress websites. (www.ifhe.info and www.ifhe2020roma.info/awards-2020). I commend this IFHE Digest 2020 to


you for your consideration, learning and enjoyment. I thank all of our contributors, coordinators, reviewers and our publisher for the effort that has gone into placing this edition in front of you, and hope that the continued learning and sharing of the global healthcare engineering fraternity can assist and support all of us, to improve the quality of healthcare outcomes around the world. To all of our readers, please keep up the good work you do in keeping your healthcare facilities operating safely and efficiently, often in trying social, financial and political situations, and I look forward to connecting with you through the IFHE network.


Darryl Pitcher


President – International Federation of Healthcare Engineering


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