5 REASONS TO GET A BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING INSPECTION!
The Patient always comes first! Common sense dictates it and government regulations require it. Every piece of equipment needs to be routinely tested for proper operation. Regular safety inspections are necessary to discover and correct performance problems before they compromise patient care or staff safety. Electrical safety test measurements made during the inspection can reduce electrical hazards by uncovering early signs of degradation. The vehicles that we all drive require oil changes and regular service to operate as expected. Patient care equipment, much of which in small practices are considered obsolete by manufacturers, are no less different.
Medical facilities are now encased in a vast array of governmental codes. Equipment inspection programs are designed to service medical equipment in compliance with NYS DOH, JCAHO, AAAHC, AAAASF and AAMI standards, recommended practices and other voluntary consensus standards (nationally agreed upon specifications such as NFPA, NEC, UL and ECRI).
Risk Assessment and Management
A Medical Equipment Management Program is designed to ensure that medical equipment is safe and effective for use by patients and staff. Governmental agencies do not recommend nor designate a specific documentation structure. However, they do require a fixed logical documentation system and proof that the facility is following it.
Scheduled maintenance performed on a regular basis has proven to be an effective method of controlling service related costs, and can assure proper performance while reducing the possibility of equipment failure. Periodic Inspection Service (PMI) involves an in-depth function and calibration verification inspection procedure to assure optimum operating characteristics within manufacturer specifications and industry standards.
Legal liability can be reduced by proper and adequate documentation from an inspection procedure. The failure of a medical facility to have an inspection program and or use adequately trained personnel could be considered negligence under “reasonable man” standards. Since electrical safety refers to limitation and not elimination of hazards, personnel caring out inspections must document tests that are consistent with current practices (i.e. reasonable).