Did you know that today, there are approximately 5,000 different types of medical devices used by millions of health care providers all over the world all designed to increase the efficiency, timeliness, and accuracy of patient care? There is an estimated 3.7 MILLION devices within the U.S. alone.
Those are some pretty hefty numbers. Given that the healthcare industry is the fastest growing industry in the world, these numbers are not that surprising.
Have you ever thought about the connection between your medical equipment and overall patient care?
Of course, you have.
Medical equipment accounts for a significant portion of overall patient care. It's designed to efficiently and effectively monitor, diagnose, and treat your patients. So, what happens when the equipment is outdated or malfunctioning?
Often, it results in increased patient wait times, misdiagnoses, a misreading of vitals, or even an improper medication release. The implications range from annoying to downright terrifying.
Your patients shouldn’t have to worry about whether the medical equipment being used during their care is working properly or not, and neither should you.
ENTER: Biomedical Technicians
Biomedical Technicians, Healthcare Technology Management Professionals, BMETs, Clinical Equipment Service Techs…. whatever you call them, they are here to save the day.
These skilled professionals apply engineering and technical school and training, plus years of experience to your medical equipment care. They are trained and prepared to complete service, repairs, and routine inspections on all your medical equipment (including specialty equipment, imaging, and lab equipment), ensuring that it is running properly and compliant with Federal regulations. They also maintain inventory, repair history, record all pertinent data and maintenance scheduling, and assist healthcare professionals with an understanding of how to use the equipment properly.
You can rest easy knowing these Super Heroes are working diligently in the background to reduce and eliminate the burden of maintaining your equipment and the administrative headache associated with keeping it all straight.
Once you establish the confidence that your equipment is properly functioning and well maintained, you can get back to focusing on the reason for it all… YOUR PATIENT.
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MOSADEGHRAD, Ali Mohammad. “Factors Affecting Medical Service Quality.” Iranian Journal of Public Health 43.2 (2014): 210–220. Print.