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Medical devices are designed to maximize patient care, to treat disease, alleviate pain and save lives. However, in order for patients to be properly cared for, medical equipment must be well managed and maintained. Glenmed Professional Healthcare Solutions highlights the importance of medical device maintenance.

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Why You Need to Maintain Medical Devices

Medical equipment, such as the state-of-the-art machines supplied by Glenmed, is built for long-lasting efficacy and efficiency. However, like all technology, they undergo wear and tear during use, and need maintenance in order to last as long as possible. This is a matter of good patient care, but it is also good business. The longer you maintain your medical devices and keep them in good condition, the better you can manage your budget and prevent unnecessary spending on replacement equipment.

If equipment is not always kept in the best condition, it is likely to prove useless and even potentially dangerous. Consider the problem that many hospitals around the world experienced with their ventilators during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many medical facilities had sizeable stockpiles of ventilators, but they had been left untouched for years. When they were finally desperately needed, as COVID infections started to rise, they proved to be ineffective.

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Tips for Maintaining Medical Devices

It is best to carry out a regular and consistent maintenance routine on all the medical equipment your facility holds. Every facility usually has some kind of routine in place, but here are some tips that will maximise you’re the maintenance plans:

  • Do a regular inventory of your equipment throughout all departments of your facility. It is essential always to know what you have and what condition it is in.
  • Keep your stock carefully organised. Maintain strict protocols regarding the use, storage and deployment of your medical equipment. You should always be able to track every piece of equipment you have in a timely manner – especially when the time comes for repair or routine maintenance.
  • Keep a regular cleaning schedule to ensure that all devices are safe for use.
  • Schedule regular maintenance and stick to the schedule.
  • Test equipment regularly and carry out drills on the use of each device.

Trust Glenmed Professional Healthcare Solutions as Your Go-To Provider of Professional Medical Services

Glenmed is a licensed South African distributor for some of the world’s most trusted medical technology brands. Contact us to find out how we can help you equip your medical facility, as well as train your staff and maintain your equipment.

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