Hospitals face unique challenges that contribute to the risk of injury and illness. From lifting and moving patients, needlesticks, slips, trips, and falls – when an employee gets hurt on the job, hospitals pay the price in many ways, including:
Workers’ Compensation for lost wages and medical costs;
temporary staffing, backfilling, and overtime when injured employees miss work;
turnover costs when an injured employee quits; and
decreased productivity and morale as employees become physically and emotionally fatigued.
There are many reasons why it’s important for health care providers to pay close attention to the management of their equipment. Because medical equipment plays a key role in diagnosing and treating patients, regular equipment maintenance is a must for keeping patients safe and comfortable.
Having equipment malfunction unexpectedly isn’t just inconvenient, it can affect patient safety. An equipment maintenance program includes procedures for inspection, as well as preventive and corrective maintenance to ensure that equipment is safe to use and is providing accurate results. When medical equipment is routinely inspected, potential issues can be identified and resolved prior to equipment failure.
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