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PMs (preventive maintenance activities), especially those centered on electrical safety tests, actually do little to prevent equipment failures (that require repairs), much less patient injuries or deaths.  The only PMs that are truly effective are those replacement of mechanical or pneumatic parts for which wear is predictable.  Often PMs are recommended by manufacturers to increase their profits by selling “original” replacement parts and "Mr. Goodwrench" labor, and reduce their own liability exposure.

If your goal is to decrease maintenance costs and increase patient safety, instead of focusing on PMs, you should take a step back and look at the figure below to see where your resource investment can have the best return.

technology mgmt life cycle

Please contact BSI to understand where you should invest your time and energy.

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Some recent presentations, publications, or reports produced by BSI consultants

B. Wang & A. Levenson, Are You Ready? [for JCAHO's New Elements of Performance], 24x7 magazine, Jan. 2004B. Wang & A. Levenson, How Do You Define Life Support Equipment?, 24x7 magazine, Feb. 2004
B. Wang & W.P. Rice, JCAHO’s Equipment Inclusion Criteria Revisited —Application of Statistical Sampling Technique, J. Clin. Eng., 28:36-47, 2003B. Wang & A. Levenson, Equipment inclusion criteria: A new interpretation of JCAHO's medical equipment management standard, J. Clin. Eng., 25(1):26-35, Jan/Feb 2000
B. Wang, R. W. Eliason, & S. C. Vanderzee, Global Failure Rate: A promising medical equipment management outcome benchmark, J. Clin. Eng., July-Sept. 2006, 31:145-151B. Wang, E. Furst, T. Cohen, O.R. Keil, M. Ridgway, R. Stiefel, Medical Equipment Management Strategies, Biomed Instrum & Techn., May/June 2006, pp. 233-237

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