This article will explain why Mintek’s Transcendent makes a good Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) for Managing Specialty Equipment for Hospitals.
Managing Hospital Specialty Equipment With An EAM
Some hospital equipment is not easily cared for and may require either a specialized vendor or specialized monitoring equipment. For example, elevators are normally best maintained through an elevator service contract. This is because facility staff is unlikely to carry the parts or have the specialized knowledge necessary to maintain. Similarly, specific analyzer tools are required to allow technicians the ability to check the functions of ventilators, calibrate blood pressure monitors, as well as checking the effectiveness of surgical instruments or ultrasonic photo therapy equipment. All of these tools must also be maintained and kept in prime working condition.
“Planned preventive maintenance is regular, repetitive work done to keep equipment in good working order and to optimize its efficiency and accuracy. This activity involves regular, routine cleaning, lubricating, testing, calibrating and adjusting, checking for wear and tear and eventually replacing components to avoid breakdown.”
Source: World Health organization
The most effective ways to maintain all equipment is a mix of common sense, preventive maintenance and inspections.
How an EAM helps
By loading all asset data into an EAM system, hospitals are able to maintain a complete inventory and maintenance history on all equipment. For equipment that is being maintained by outside vendors, all contract data is assembled, organized along with a complete repair history. This allows you to monitor vendor and equipment performance. More importantly, preventive maintenance, inspection and work orders are now scheduled to maintain compliance as well as optimal operating efficiencies.
Financial Impact of an EAM
The implementation of an EAM brings additional benefits. These benefits include but are not limited to
- An increase in proactive maintenance and a decrease in reactive maintenance or repairs thus a lowering of overtime normally associated with emergency repairs.
- An increase in the useful lifecycle of equipment. This translates to fewer capital purchases and better budgeting
- Equipment operating at optimal efficiencies will require less energy and lower energy consumption as well as costs.