All medical equipment is monitored for safety and proper performance with documentation of testing as required by healthcare regulating agencies. Planned maintenance inspections and safety testing are generally performed during standard shifts or as otherwise agreed.
Test intervals are established based on requirements outlined by manufactures of the equipment and regulatory agencies such as The Joint Commission. Moreover, planned maintenance intervals are individually determined by experienced–based algorithm that considers all relevant information including the the critical function of the equipment, clinical application, cost and timing of repair, replacement parts inventories and depot locations and other criteria.
This approach will ensure that planned maintenance is performed on critically important equipment at intervals recommended by manufacturers, e. g., yearly, or in some cases even more frequently such as bi-annually or a set number of hours in use. The net effect is that planned maintenance is optimized, saving thousands of dollars in planned maintenance that may not be cost-effective.