Through less concern about medical technology more attention to the patient

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For some years now, Logitecq Medical has been collaborating with Fundashon Mariadal, the biggest service provider in health care on Bonaire. Logitecq Medical takes care of the management and maintenance of medical equipment trhough risk-based maintenance. Below you can read the first part of the interview with Felix Greving, head Quality & Safety Bureau (Bureau Kwaliteit & Veiligheid) of Fundashon Mariadal.

‘Fundashon Mariadal has a totally different dynamic in which health care has been organized than we in the Netherlands are used to,’ Felix Greving explains. ‘Bonaire is a relatively small island. Fundashon Mariadal houses not only a hospital but also home care services, a nursing home and emergency care can be found there in a single location. We collaborate with the VU and the AMC in the Netherlands based on exchange with approx. 30 medical specialists, divided over 18 specialisms. Bureau Kwaliteit & Veiligheid, in short BKV, is subdivided into serveral groups.’ Greving works on real estate management, medical technology and quality systems. ‘Based on available background information and literature in the Netherlands, BKV tries to implement this in the local situation on Bonaire. Risk-based maintenance, which we started in 2010, is part of this. At the time, we had a baseline measurement performed in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Wellfare and Sports (VWS). This provided us insight into the situation regarding management and maintenance of medical equipment, but also concerning the plans for the future. For example, what about the growing complexity of care and the accompanying medical equipment? Subsequently, we started looking for a partner who could pursue this together with us.’ Logitecq Medical became this partner. Together, a policy was drawn up and choices were made regarding equipment management and maintenance, allowing Fundashon Mariadal to worry less about medical technology and focus all attention to patient care. Greving: ‘Following this policy and the choices, we have then investigated what we need to set up in order to facilitate  Logitecq Medical as an organisation. The fact is that Logitecq Medical works under our company’s name and has been fully integrated into our organisation model. Currently two employees from Logitecq Medical work in our organisation, one of whom focuses on dialyses-equipment and the other also works on the other techniques. This means that they they fully participate in department meetings, and they are also members of the medical equipment and materials committee. They have the expertise to be able to provide expert advice to our divisions. Logitecq Medical therefore has the lead role as far as risik-based maintenance is concerned.’

Scope repair Caribbean

STscope

With pride Logitecq Medical Services can inform you that we have started Scope maintenance and repair services for the Caribbean for both flexible and rigid scopes. Like our other maintenance services, we operate regardless any make or type. The scope maintenance is performed by our highly skilled technicians on site.

For repairs and replacement of parts, we work with our partner in the Netherlands with over 20 years of experience with the repair of flexible scopes and optics. With this new service Logitecq Medical offers high-quality scope repairs in the Caribbean with fast turnaround times and yet competitive rates. Please click here for more information.

Asset management

infor EAM

As Logitecq Medical Services I would like to introduce our maintenance management system INFOR EAM Healthcare.Together with the software supplier, Logitecq Medical has developed a system optimal for asset management of a biomedical technology department. The software has captured every step in the day tot day workflow of a biomedical technology department in a single system. The system has pre configured  management reports and provides the ability to add unlimited reports by users it selves.

The system is also very capable to manage facility management departments in hospitals.  The Infor system is delivered as a SAAS solution (software as a service) where payment is done per users per year regardless of how many assets or support you need. Interested in a demo, click here for more information.

Electrical safety of medical electrical devices

 

Aplied-partIt can be assumed that not all people will understand the dangers associated with the exposure to electricity. It is this danger that has triggered several discussions relating to the safety of all members of the public. Regulatory bodies world-wide have acknowledged the dangers of electricity by producing legislation, standards and guidelines to control the design and test of electrical appliances in order to prevent any hazard to the general public. One environment where electric currents pose an acute threat is in the medical treatment and care of patients. Often, patients are physically connected to one or more electrical medical devices for a period of time. In these circumstances it is possible that patients are unaware of being exposed to electrical currents, especially if patients are treated under full or local anaesthetic. During invasive treatments, the human body’s natural protection organ, the skin, no longer provides the basic insulation against electrical currents.It is during these treatments that electrical currents as low as 50mA can float through the human body and cause the heart to fibrillate or paralyse the respiratory system. To govern the design of medical equipment, the International Electro technical Committee, the IEC has produced a standard to control all aspects of safety directly or indirectly relating to the handling, use or connection to, of medical equipment. This standard is referenced to as IEC 60601, or by many simply referred to as IEC 601. The IEC60601 was first published in 1977 (then referred to as IEC 601) and handles the electrical safety of both mechanical and electrical issues and is constructed from 2 parts;
Most Biomedical departments use the 60601 standard to test if medical equipment is safe during their preventive maintenance job and after any repair to a medical device.

A more and more accepted standard in the biomedical industry is the new IEC 62353. As its full name implies, IEC 62353 Medical Electrical Equipment – recurrent test and test after repair of medical electrical equipment, is proposed to define the requirements of ensuring the in- service electrical safety of electro medical equipment and systems. The IEC 62353 standard is an attempt to harmonize the various local standards and practices to ensure safe operation and testing of medical electrical equipment and ME systems. In meeting this requirement the IEC 62353 incorporates tests beyond those of type testing. Specifically it seeks to provide a uniform and unambiguous means of assessing the safety of medical equipment, whilst maintaining the relation to IEC 60601-1 and minimizing the risks to the person conducting the assessment. Importantly, the new standard recognizes that the laboratory conditions described in the IEC 60601-1 cannot always be guaranteed when in-service testing of medical devices is undertaken. As a result, test measurements that require certain environmental conditions may not always be applicable or consistent for the testing of equipment that is already in use. Another factor raised is that equipment could potentially be damaged by applying type test specifications when in service and could therefore represent a potential danger to users.

Please if you are interested in more information on medical electrical safety Logitecq Medical Services provides electrical safety analysers that both comply with the IEC 60601 and IEC 62353. Logitecq also provides training on the practical understanding and use of both regulations.