Maintenance of Diagnostic Equipment: Reactive or Preventive?

Diagnostic devices used in labs and hospitals require specialized maintenance by trained staff. In addition, standard inspection and cleaning helps increase the life of the equipment. Regular maintenance also ensures that diagnostic devices deliver safe function. Unless a laboratory or hospital takes care of its equipment, it cannot ensure the prevention of sudden failures, down time or even inaccuracy of results. In this article, we take a closer look at the options for ensuring optimal performance of all diagnostic instruments.

Electrical Components of Diagnostic Devices

The electrical section of diagnostic devices is most critical in terms of ensuring safety. It is also most likely to disrupt normal operations if not maintained on a regular basis. The power supply of the device brings the voltage to a lower value at which the instrument functions. This helps secure the patient from the main voltage. Hence, it is crucial to use low power devices and regularly check fuses, power connectors and cables.

The daily maintenance chart for diagnostic instruments calls for cleaning, visual checks and function checks. A closer look on a weekly basis and a check by a biomedical technician every six months helps secure and increase the life of diagnostic equipment.

The Reactive Maintenance Approach for Diagnostic Devices

The reactive approach to basically means that when there is a problem with some diagnostic equipment, you call for repair and/or replacement. This method is best suited for inexpensive and harmless devices, the failure of which does not have any serious implications. Also, this option for maintenance might actually end up costing more in the long run.

The Preventive Maintenance Approach for Diagnostic Devices

This method of maintaining diagnostic devices requires periodic operations, apart from regular cleaning and checkups. In other words, actions are performed based on a schedule, in order to detect, prevent or reduce the chances of deterioration of the device or its components.

Advantages of Preventive Maintenance

Diagnostic devices are most often fairly expensive and sophisticated, with patients coming in contact with them on a regular basis. This means that these devices need not only be functional but also in great condition. This can be ensured only through preventive maintenance. By opting for preventive maintenance of diagnostic instruments, you gain several advantages, such as:

• It is a cost-effective process in the long run, since regular maintenance increases the life of diagnostic devices.
• A flexible schedule could be adopted to avoid any discord with the normal working operations.
• It ensures overall safety and prevents any delays in patient care due to instrument failure.
• On an average, this mode saves costs by at least 15% compared to the reactive mode of maintenance.
• It also helps save energy.

Moreover, preventive tests could be used to analyze patterns of equipment functioning. Timely investment in diagnostic devices can maximize their safe functional life.