Generally, medical devices have an optimal life span through which they must operate.
However, for a piece of medical or diagnostic equipment to live through this period without malfunction, certain maintenance guidelines must be followed.
Medical devices that are well maintained and functioning properly is essential for the health and well-being of both patients, caregivers as well as healthcare providers
It is important therefore to regularly check and maintain medical equipment appropriately and also have accredited professionals and biomedical engineers repair them when there is a fault.
Maintenance Tips for Medical Devices
#1 Carry Out Routine Checks
One of the first and basic things to always do to ensure that your brand new device is functioning optimally is to frequently carry out routine checks.
These checks are necessary to notice possible issues before they become faults.
Carrying out ongoing inspections on your device would ensure that it is functioning correctly and at the right operating capacity.
Large machinery should be inspected as soon as it is purchased.
#2 Train & Retrain Staff
Training and retraining hospital staff and care givers who operate medical equipment is another very important step to take in ensuring your devices work properly.
A staff who is not well trained on how to use or operate a medical device could either malfunction the equipment or not be able to use it.
Also, over time, employee skills may become rusty, new may staff join the facility while others leave, as such staff who are untrained on how to use the equipment could lead to breakdowns.
#3 Replace Reagents, Lubricants and Consumables regularly
Some medical devices require reagents, lubricants and other consumables inserted or filled up on a regular basis for them to function properly.
While lubricants reduce friction around any moving parts, reagents and other consumables serve to deliver outcomes from diagnostic equipment.
Checking the levels of lubricants, reagents, and consumables in a device can help to diagnose problems with medical devices.
Also, the presence of any contaminants or clogs will indicate if a part of the device may be malfunctioning or having a breakdown.
A schedule of good lubrication maintenance and reagents/consumables replacements can help to extend the life of medical devices.
Where it is noticed that a particular part is not functioning as it should, or a consumable depletes faster than normal, an accredited engineer should be contacted to check, fix or replace the faulty equipment/part.
#4 Maintain a Clean Workspace and Keep Equipment Clean
A clean workspace is another necessary requirement to ensure that your medical device lasts as long as it should.
Keep away food, fluids and flammable substances from your workspace and avoid them getting in contact with your device.
Also, ensuring that your medical device is kept clean and tidy always, sample containers are washed and dried properly, and used consumables are properly disposed of.
#5 Turn Off Unused Equipment
Turning off a medical device when it is not in use not only helps your facility conserve power, but also helps to increase the life span of the device.
Also, keeping unused devices helps to prevent damage from power surges as well as overheating.
#6 Sterilize and Disinfect Exposed Surfaces
In some instances, dirty or exposed surfaces of diagnostic equipment have been known to report wrong or false results.
It is very important to always properly sterilize and disinfect exposed surfaces or sample containers of medical equipment immediately after use.
This will not only prevent wrong diagnosis but also help prevent the spread of disease.
In summary, the goal of every healthcare provider is to provide the best care to patients whilst maximizing the resources available to them, getting value for money.
Following these basic tips will not only help you achieve these, but also improve your outcomes, patient satisfaction, equipment life-span and ultimately return on your investment.
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