Recently one of our clients had a patient who was about to cancel their surgery procedure when an out-of-date- Electrical Safety Inspection sticker caught their eye. As it turns out, the equipment was up to date and the old sticker had not been removed, however, this just proves that no one can be too careful when it comes to patient safety, and your patients are far more observant than you think!
Facilities Who need these Inspection Stickers
All facilities that use medical equipment for diagnosing, treating or surgical procedures, must comply with state required regulations to ensure each piece of equipment is in proper working order. These Biomedical Inspections are typically performed once a year.
If your facility moves to another location, even within the same building, any equipment that requires calibration such as Balances, Scales, etc, may require a Pre/Post Calibration test.
Why these Inspection Stickers so Important
Firstly, patient safety is of utmost importance. No diagnosis or procedure should ever be attempted using faulty equipment. A simple inspection is all that’s needed to guarantee not only the patient but medical staff as well, that the equipment is in certified working order. The sticker should be a bright color, visibly labeled with the date of inspection and by whom.
Any equipment that is found to be faulty should be taken out of service immediately, regardless of the date on the sticker. Not only is it embarrassing to have out of date stickers, but awkward to hook up a patient to a piece of equipment that won’t work properly.
What is an Electrical Safety Inspection?
An Electrical Safety Inspection measures the leakage (electrical current) on a given piece of equipment by disconnecting the ground and determining if the amount of leakage could put patients or medical staff at risk of electric shock. The effect of electrical current leakage on a high-risk patient could potentially lead to cardiac arrest. This is why Safety standards are so important and must be adhered to. Worn or damaged equipment is more likely to pose a hazard.
The cost of repairs may seem astronomical at times, however, when compared to the risk on human life, is it even justifiable to ever say “it’s not worth it”! The only other option is to replace it with new.
How to Sticker your Equipment
Medical equipment must be inspected at least once a year, and every 6 months for some equipment, by a certified biomedical technician, which can be scheduled through Your Local Medical Equipment Service Provider. Each piece of equipment is required to have a sticker clearly marked with the name of the company providing the inspection as well as the date of compliance. Any previous inspection stickers should be removed to avoid confusion.