This requirement extends to the terminal units by the patient bed and is covered in the Equipment service.
Healthcare institutions typically have 100s of certified medical devices such as flow meters, regulators, demand valves and suction devices which connect to the pipeline system. These should also be recorded, inspected, and maintained on a regular basis in line with the components of the MGPS.
Appropriate testing and inspection as well as routine maintenance of these devices is very important to ensure patient safety and the correct functioning of items that are routinely used to deliver gaseous drugs to patients.
Manufacturer’s instructions will typically state that devices whilst being checked by the user each time they are used should also undergo an annual test and inspection by a suitably qualified person.
BOC Healthcare recognises the importance of the management and maintenance of these devices, and the difficulties institutions may have in dedicating staff and time to carrying out this work routinely. In the portfolio of Medical Engineering Services, Equipment Services provides customers with solutions so they may utilise the latest devices that are all appropriately managed and inspected over a contract period and to also provide solutions for those hospitals looking for a more efficient way to manage the devices they currently own.
Three options are available to ensure all devices used to deliver gaseous drugs are fully maintained in correct working order: