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Sunday, April 20, 2014


How do I calculate the number of FTEs based on square footage? Are there standards which are available to use as benchmarks of efficiency?


Basically, if your production rate is 2800 sq. ft. per hour, an 8 hour shift will allow coverage of 22,400 sq. ft. and a 100,000 sq. ft. facility will need 4.5 FTEs to do the cleaning.
The problem with this simplistic approach is obvious. No one knows if that rate works for your people in your facility for all tasks, and under all circumstances. Chances are very good it does not.
You can ask around at other health care facilities for benchmarks others may have developed. Keep in mind that they may not be as efficient as they can be, and they still were not done in your establishment.
As usual, I recommend that you work with some of your most effective and efficient people to build a chart of benchmarks that work for your setting, tasks, and equipment. Relying on those of others could prove misleading.

Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Editor