Healthcare Equipment

Running a healthcare facility is undoubtedly an expensive operation. Arguably the most substantial cost is equipment — both capital and consumable. In the case of the former, capital medical equipment in Australia tends to come with a considerable up-front cost. You will also need to factor in ongoing maintenance and repair.

Consumable products may cost less but are usually disposable in nature, meaning the overall cost will increase over time.

With that in mind, understanding how best to take care of healthcare equipment is a necessary cost-saving measure for all healthcare workers and managers. Not only that but well-maintained equipment is more likely to produce accurate results, which is obviously of benefit to your patients. Continue reading to learn a little more about the small strategies you can implement for long-term financial and operational benefits.

Appropriate usage
Any type of machinery will develop problems if you use it for purposes other than intended. Medical equipment is no different. Be sure that all doctors, nurses, and specialists using your equipment understand its capabilities and the circumstances under which it should be used.

Clearly, this is important from both a maintenance perspective and for the health and safety of your patients.

Observe manufacturer guidelines
No one knows a piece of equipment better than the manufacturer. When in doubt — or at all times, really — consult the manufacturers’ guidelines for help regarding equipment usage and what level of maintenance is required.

If you still have questions, the supplier from whom you bought the equipment will hopefully be able to assist. Keep this in mind when deciding between suppliers. You’ll likely have questions for them further down the track — without a dedicated customer service team, it may be more difficult than you’d hoped to find answers.

Keep your environment clean and sterile
This point shouldn’t need to be said, particularly when talking about healthcare equipment. A clinical environment needs to be clean and sterile for the sake of your patients, but it can also help keep equipment running efficiently and accurately.

It’s not enough to simply give your equipment a wipe-down with a sterile cloth at the end of the day. Follow manufacturer guidelines for what cleaning products to use and clean in, around, and underneath heavy equipment.

Use qualified technicians
From time to time, equipment will break down. More importantly, following a scheduled maintenance program can reduce the interval between these instances.

In both cases, repair and maintenance should only be conducted by a qualified technician to Original Equipment Manufacturer standards. Following these principles will ensure equipment continues to run accurately and efficiently and that your clinicians can trust in the machinery they are using to diagnose and treat patients.

The best way to guarantee you are using qualified technicians is to purchase your equipment from a reputable, trustworthy supplier. You may be able to find cheaper medical equipment in Australia elsewhere but if it’s not backed up with repair and maintenance services, you’ll be paying far more in the long run.