Medical Equipment Inspection
Maintaining medical equipment is essential to the operation of a medical facility. Safety concerns come first and should be a priority when it comes to making sure medical equipment is up to date. You need to ask yourself, how often should medical equipment be inspected? How often typically depends on the type of equipment and how often it is used.
What is Medical Maintenance?
Medical maintenance includes inspection, calibration, performance testing, and repairs (if needed). As previously stated, medical maintenance is done largely to ensure the safety of patients and medical staff. You need to be aware of how often medical equipment be inspected for the safety of everyone in your hospital or location.
Medical inspections for equipment are most commonly needed annually or bi-annually. Depending on the type of equipment, year, make, and model, your technician will know how to perform an accurate check and fix anything necessary. There are a number of certifications required for various types of equipment. At Gray & Green BioMed, we have OEM-certified technicians who use factory-approved parts to complete each job.
What is Preventative Maintenance?
Preventive maintenance can not only lengthen the life of medical equipment, but it can also better ensure the safety of staff and patients when being used. In some cases, preventive maintenance is required by some manufacturers. Medical equipment that may need preventive maintenance might include:
- Anesthesia machines
- Biomedical test equipment
- Blood pressure machines
- Cardiac monitors
- Chemical analyzers
- Communication systems
- Dental equipment
- Dialysis machines
- Infusion pumps
- Medical lasers
- Patient monitoring equipment
- Surgical equipment
- Telemetry systems
- Video systems
Performing preventive maintenance can also help you or your medical facility avoid lawsuits in liability cases. Next to the safety of others, this is another huge reason to take it upon yourself as an owner or manager to prioritize maintenance checks. In fact, according to studies from the American Medical Association, thirty-four percent of all physicians have been sued. On average, 68 per every 100 claims are labeled as liability claims.
What is a Medical Equipment Management Plan?
A plan for medical equipment is usually executed by someone in an administration or management position and is done to protect others and healthcare facilities from experiencing issues due to ill-functioning machinery. A good management plan should be written up and reworked every so often so that it complies with the Joint Commission’s standards for medical devices.
Not necessarily specific to one department, a management plan should be written out covering only what the hospital itself manages. For example, you would not need to include every maintenance need for your facility like leaks and software updates to PCs, but only a plan or mapped out information for medical equipment like radiology and diagnostic equipment.
Set a clear message and about how hospital equipment is handled and make sure it follows all of the guidelines set by the Joint Commission. Each step should be simple, to the point, and easy to understand when read by others so that a general understanding is communicated between yourself and a Joint Commission surveyor whose job it is to understand exactly what needs to be done.
The bottom line is that each area of medical equipment should be covered and explained in a concise way as to how it is handled on a regular basis and answer the question of ‘How often should medical equipment be inspected?’ There are also ways to go about writing an equipment management plan with some help from someone who has a background in clinical engineering. This person will be able to survey your current files and documents needed to better help you come up with a solid plan.
Types of Electrical Safety Tests
Electrical safety tests are necessary to ensure that equipment is running according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. It’s important that electrical equipment holds up to the standards provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In a recent study, according to the NFPA, local fire departments made response efforts to about 3,340 fires in office properties each year from 2007 to 2011. Of these fires, about 12% of them stemmed from electrical or lighting equipment problems. This is why it is so important to make sure medical equipment is up to code.
Some basic electrical safety tests include:
- Potential shock hazard
- Safety testing
At Gray & Green BioMedical Services, we do more than medical equipment maintenance. Take a look at our services and give us a call today.