Safety

How will you know?

Hospital Safety Insider, June 14, 2012

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One question that comes up from time to time in survey encounters with front-line clinical staff is the very open-ended: How do you know that this piece of medical equipment is safe/ready/OK to be used?

Then there’s generally some conversation regarding the proper operation of the device – making sure there are no error messages, the device powers up, etc. Sometimes, the conversation will also cover the topic of what I will generically call the inspection sticker.

Typically, the stickers that you may find on pieces of medical equipment do not provide much in the way of information to the folks in biomedical engineering. In fact, having had conversations with a few biomeds over the years, it’s something that they all too frequently could do without. All they really need is some sort of unique identifier and the medical equipment inventory database can do the rest. So, you may well arsk, why the stickers?

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