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When Does Medical Equipment Need to Be Replaced?

Dreiss, Andrea BS

Journal of Clinical Engineering: April-June 2008 - Volume 33 - Issue 2 - p 78-81
doi: 10.1097/01.JCE.0000305870.48824.91
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Medical facilities have an obligation to properly treat patients in addition to keeping patients, doctors, and staff safe and satisfied. A key component to this objective is to possess and maintain appropriate medical equipment that works correctly and safely. A hospital must also take into account financial limitations and the practicality of equipment replacement. In an effort to objectively prioritize the order that equipment will be replaced, hospitals need to create plans based on their equipment database and predefined information inputs. By using structured techniques, hospital personnel are able to identify the equipment that is of a main concern to replace, which thereby optimizes the cost-effectiveness of the equipment within a set and often constrained budget.

Medical facilities have an obligation to properly treat patients in addition to keeping patients, doctors, and staff safe and satisfied. A key component to this objective is to possess and maintain appropriate medical equipment that works correctly and safely. A hospital must also take into account financial limitations and the practicality of equipment replacement. In an effort to objectively prioritize the order that equipment will be replaced, hospitals need to create plans based on their equipment database and predefined information inputs. By using structured techniques, hospital personnel are able to identify the equipment that is of a main concern to replace, which thereby optimizes the cost-effectiveness of the equipment within a set and often constrained budget.

From the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station.

Corresponding author: Andrea Dreiss, BS, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-3120. andrea.dreiss@gmail.com.

Andrea Dreiss, BS, is a quality assurance engineer at Argon Medical Devices. She graduated from Texas A&M University in 2007 with a degree in biomedical engineering.

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