From scheduling nurses to keeping track of patients to making sure equipment is working when and where it needs to be, there are a lot of moving pieces to keep track of in a hospital. That is why it is crucial to stay organized and have a method in place to make sure everything is right where it should be and in good condition.
Here are a few tips to help you keep track of your medical equipment so that it’s ready and working when you need it.
Use an electronic inventory system.
By using a barcode to scan each piece of equipment into an inventory system, you can know exactly where each piece of equipment is and what condition it is in. You can track the availability of the equipment, as well as the status of when it might need maintenance or repairs next.
Implement a maintenance plan.
There are multiple types of maintenance: preventative, predictive, reactive, and reliability-centered. To learn more about what each one is, check out our blog comparing different maintenance types.
Figure out what maintenance type works best for your hospital, and schedule maintenance accordingly. Keep in mind that regulations surrounding some pieces of equipment require maintenance to follow the manufacturer’s specifications, and plan accordingly.
Check equipment regularly.
Regularly checking for signs of wear and tear helps to fine-tune your maintenance schedule and provide advanced notice when a piece of equipment is wearing out or breaking down. It is also a good idea to audit your inventory system to ensure that everything is labeled correctly and is working the way it should.
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