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.

Rigel UNI Therm

Promotional offer for Rigel introduction

Rigel UNI ThermAs Logitecq Medical, we are very enthusiastic about the distributorship of Rigel Medical for the Caribbean. We offer the entire Rigel Medical product line of electrical safety testers and medical simulation equipment. This very reliable and advanced line of equipment enables biomedical engineers to verify the safety and accuracy of the medical equipment during maintenance work. It allows them to guarantee patient safety.
 
We would like to share our distributorship with you with an offer. If you buy one of the Rigel-products via Logitecq Medical Services before 31 December 2014, we will extend the warranty period by 2 additional years!

Samenwerking met Meduprof-S

Collaboration with Meduprof-S

Samenwerking met Meduprof-S

Logitecq Medical Services prides itself for collaborating some time already with the company Meduprof-S. within the Caribbean.
MeduProf-S is a company operating worldwide that focuses on quality improvement in health care. The company provides assessments of staff and facilities, based on which it sets up and provides programs for (continuous) training. MeduProf-S supports processes of change, for example in the preparation for certification of quality systems based on ISO 9001, JCI and EFQM.
The content of the programs covers the entire health care sector and, as of recently, care for the elderly as well. The strong point of MeduProf-S is setting up of programs and trainings and the organization and supervision of their implementation. The company provides training and education among others in the field of nursing and care, waste management, hygiene and food safety, ultrasound and x-ray as well as hospital management.
Many training and coaching programmes have been carried out in the field of medical technology. In addition to offering trainings, local trainers are also instructed and local training institutes are supported in the development of new curricula for medical technical education.
MeduProf-S has had nearly 20 years of experience with a sustainable way of learning and change in the health care sector. The ‘S’ therefore stands for ‘Sustainable’. The company has proven itself in Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean. Assessments and trainings were carried out in China and Central America as well. At the time, MeduProf-S was derived from Fontys Colleges and is now a fully independent company. The network in the higher and secondary vocational education has expanded considerably since then.

RConderhoud

Logitecq Medical introduces risk classification model

RConderhoud

The risk classification model ensures considerable cost savings on equipment maintenance

The quality of equipment maintenance often leaves room for improvement. Considerable savings can also be made on maintenance. How? Through risk-based maintenance, according to Marcel Hoge Bavel of Logitecq Medical.

Risk-based maintenance is a new form of maintenance management. The philosophy is based on alignment of the management and maintenance measures and analysed risks which affect the functioning of the devices. “Especially to this end, Logitecq Medical has come up with a model which deviates from certain maintenance criteria, the so-called risk classification model,” explains Hoge Bavel. “This model consists of a database of about 7,000 common devices. We have mapped out per device what type of maintenance is carried out. Is there a high risk? In that case, we follow the supplier’s instructions. If the risk is low, no or limited maintenance may be the answer. Preventive maintenance or premature preventive replacement is sometimes not necessary at all for example.”

According to Hoge Bavel this offers the big advantage of the costs being significantly below market. Ultimately, the customer even makes money because less maintenance is required. Before Logitecq Medical starts working with the risk classification model the organization first carries out a baseline-measurement. This determines the level of maintenance required. Logitecq Medical may optionally organize maintenance trainings for the staff.

Partnership with Meduprof-S

We are proud to inform you that, as of today, we have entered into collaboration with the company Meduprof-S. Meduprof-S is specialized in elaborating educational programmes aimed at the care sector. The collaboration between Meduprof-S and Logitecq Medical will consist of further development of the medical technique domain and providing of courses and trainings.

Logitecq Medical collaborates with Fundashon Mariadal for introduction of safety management system

The Fundashon Mariadal (Bonaire) is one of the most advanced hospitals in the Caribbean. The hospital has recently completed the successful implementation of a digital safety management system. [link]
Logitecq Medical Services has participated in the realisation of this implementation by offering know-how and support within her medical technology speciality. Logitecq Medical services has helped with:

  • The development of a risk analysis of medical technology
  • Drawing up of management measures
  • The preparation of digital check lists for medical equipment for the:
    • Ambulance service
    • Operating room
    • Air Ambulance

In the cooperation with the hospital, LMSC shows to be of great added value to a hospital when it comes to maintenance and maintenance management of medical technology. In this way LMSC actively contributes to increase quality and safety of care in the Caribbean.

Job opening

Logitecq Medical Services is currently looking for a medical  instrumentation engineer. If you reside in the Caribbean and you have a technical background, please click here for more information.