Improved Healthcare Facilities and Services
Outreach Engineering's projects address infrastructural shortfalls, which impact á healthcare professional's ability to provide quality healthcare services. Our projects ensure that infrastructure is fit for purpose.
Electricity is essential in modern-day medicine. A healthcare facility with an unreliable electricity supply will not be able to maintain a high level of patient care. Therefore, it is essential to ensure a stable and reliable electricity supply, with adequate supply redundancy. This ensures that patients are not at risk due to electricity disruptions during critical procedures. Our work allows healthcare professionals to perform their duties with peace of mind.
Our hospitals are struggling with an enormous surgery backlog. It is not uncommon for patients to have to wait many months/years for their surgeries. Electricity disruptions further increase delays in scheduled clinical procedures.
Healthcare facilities should be mindful of energy security. As large electricity users, the facilities’ infrastructure should be energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Healthcare facilities must also comply with relevant building regulations and standards. A suitable environment benefits everyone, allowing patients to recover in an ideal environment and staff to work in a comfortable and happy environment.
Environmental Benefits and Cost Savings
Energy savings will directly result in a reduction in emissions. Less energy being consumed results in less energy being generated, which ultimately results in a reduction of emissions. This fact is especially important in South Africa where electricity is predominantly generated by coal power plants, which are not environmentally friendly. Globally, buildings are responsible for more than 40% of energy consumed and 29% of greenhouse gas emissions (United Nations Environment Programme, 2009). Therefore, energy savings in buildings can significantly contribute towards emissions reductions.
Modern, energy efficient technologies are generally more environmentally friendly, containing less or no harmful substances such as mercury and lead. Disposal of these items is therefore easier and less harmful to the environment.
Energy savings will also result in a much needed operational-cost reduction. Electricity costs are steadily increasing, to a point where it is no longer feasible to use inefficient technologies.