Medical Equipment Management Plans

by Chris aka the BiomedGuy

The Medical Equipment Management Plan is a living document that hospitals have as a written plan that describes the processes for managing the effective, safe, and reliable operation of medical equipment.  The plan should provide an overview of how the equipment is managed at the hospital, not simply a recitation of the medical equipment standards.  It should also be a link between the Joint Commissions medical equipment-related standards and the function of managing medical equipment within the hospital. Applicable hospital policies, procedures, and standards should be referenced in the management plan.

The plan should be tailored to the type of organization [hospital, ambulatory, long-term care, etc, or multiple settings like hospital and ambulatory], the patient services provided [dialysis, nuclear medicine, surgery, etc], and the medical technology used [lasers, dialysis units, MRIs, etc].  It should describe how each Element of Performance that is relevant to the medical equipment and how the requirements in other standards are linked to the medical equipment program [e.g. IC.4.10, LD.4.10, and HR.2.20] and how does the clinical engineering shop carry out these duties).  The management plan is the “how we do daily business” so our organization is within compliance of governmental, state, and local standards.  This plan is one of seven documents reviewed by Joint Commission surveyors.  The overall office of primary responsibilities falls under facilities management.

Elements of Performance
In 2007, EC.6.10 had eight elements of performance [EP]to include:

1] Selection and Acquisition of Medical Equipment [EC.6.10, EP 2]
2] Inclusion of Risk Criteria [EC.6.10, EP 3]
3] Maintenance Strategies [EC.6.10, EP 4]
4] Scheduled Maintenance Intervals [EC.6.10, EP 5]
5] Hazard Notices and Recalls
6] Monitoring Safe Medical Devices Act [SMDA]  [EC.6.10, EP 7]
7] Emergency Procedures [EC.6.10, EP 8]
8] Other Medical Equipment Maintenance,
Testing, and Inspection criteria including:

a] Maintenance of Life Support Equipment
[schedule compliance goal is 100%]
b]Maintenance of Non-Life Support Equipment
[schedule compliance goal is 95%]
c] Testing of Sterilizers
d] Testing Water Used in Renal Dialysis

CLICK HERE  to view the above article from the BMET Wiki.

About Chris aka the BiomedGuy
I have 16 years experience, the last 7 years as a CE and facilities manager specialist.  My specialties are computers (programming, databases, and hardware), engineering management and education.  Lastly, a few other things about me include I’m  CBET certified, A+ certified, and member of ACCE.

Sample Plans For Your Further Review:

NHS Bolton
Medical Devices & Equipment Management Policy – CLICK HERE

Duke University Health System
Medical Equipment Management Plan – CLICK HERE

University of Kentucky Hospital
Medical Equipment Management PlanCLICK HERE

University of Texas M D Anderson Cancer Center
Medical Equipment Management Plan – CLICK HERE

FirstHealth of the Carolinas
Medical Equipment Management Plan – CLICK HERE

New York Presbyterian Hospital
Medical Equipment Management Plan – CLICK HERE

Harborview Medical Center
Medical Equipment Management Plan – CLICK HERE

White Plains Hospital Center
Medical Equipment Management Report – CLICK HERE