Ensuring your healthcare facility is running at its optimum operational efficiency is more than simply investing in the right equipment; you need to be certain everything is performing well and at full capacity.
A healthcare organisation’s medical device management policy must cover the provision of maintenance of all medical devices, including repair, reconditioning and refurbishment. The healthcare organisation is responsible for ensuring their medical devices are maintained appropriately.1
Where other regulations apply i.e. LOLER - Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, tests should be carried out in addition to any preventative maintenance, regular servicing and testing recommended in the manufacturer’s instructions for use (IFU) supplied with the device.
Regular servicing and preventative maintenance of equipment ensures continued reliability, prolongs useful life and minimises the risk of emergency breakdowns. In the case of patient handling equipment, it can also help ensure there is less exposure to manual handling related injuries to caregivers as a result of equipment failure, leading to increased staff absences.
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1. Managing Medical Devices Guidance for healthcare and social services organisations April 2015 - Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)