Category: Maintenance Strategies

Maintenance Strategies

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When to Fix It—Even If It “Ain’t Broke”

In a world where technological advancement is rapid and constant, obsolescence comes quickly. And medical manufacturers must constantly weigh the costs and benefits of one important question: When is the best time to redesign and update an older device that’s been on the market for a while?

Maintenance Strategies

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The Joint Commission Names New Director, Engineering

The Joint Commission announces the appointment of Herman McKenzie, MBA, CHSP, to director of the Department of Engineering, Standards Interpretation Group. McKenzie reports to executive vice president and chief medical officer Ana Pujols McKee, MD.

Maintenance Strategies

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Bed Maintenance: Should HTM Do It?

Disagreement often ensues when the subject of bed maintenance by biomeds arises, reveals biomedical expert Patrick Lynch. In May's The LynchPin column, Lynch lays out both arguments regarding HTM professionals handling bed maintenance and shares his personal opinions about the matter. Don't miss out.

Preventive Maintenance

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HTM’s Role in Investigating—and Thwarting—Device Incidents

A medical device could cause patient harm for numerous reasons. Say, for instance, a defibrillator fails to deliver enough of a life-saving bolt of electricity—or simply no electricity at all. Here, 24x7 Magazine explores the important role HTM professionals have when the unthinkable happens and a device malfunctions.

Alternative Equipment Maintenance

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Lean Healthcare: A Win-Win Solution

Lean methodologies translate well to the healthcare sector, maintains Jay McClure in this Soapbox column. But when change is proposed via lean, many people doubt that new policies or programs could benefit them. Here’s why they’re wrong, McClure says.

Asset Management

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Getting the Most Out of Unused Medical Equipment

Many healthcare organizations don’t have an effective process for managing equipment dispositions, says Accruent’s Alan Gresch. So, what’s the solution? Create comprehensive plans based around a centralized model, which will provide savings and revenue.

Power Management

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CE Reflections: Deviating from the Norms

In this installment of CE Reflections, Rick Schrenker, a systems engineering manager for Massachusetts General Hospital and industry veteran, discusses the normalization of deviance—and how it applies to HTM departments.