Getting Real With Unmanageable

Inventory Requirements

By: Larry Fennigkoh

Steve Grimes’ recent paper “Two Steps Forward, One Step Back—How the Industry Must Take in Stride New CMS and TJC Requirements” (BI&T, November/December 2014), provides an excellent but still disturbing summary of the July 2014 changes in The Joint Commission’s Environment of Care standards affecting medical devices and the difficulty hospital-based healthcare technology management (HTM) departments will have in attempting to achieve a meaningful and sustainable compliance with these new requirements.

As such, the title, perhaps, should more accurately include “Two Decades Backward” since these new requirements that now require all medical equipment to be included in the equipment inventory (EP2, EC.02.04.01), are simply not manageable in a meaningful and practical context. In all but the smallest of hospitals, medical device inventories are inherently unstable, dynamic, and continually in flux as new equipment is being added through conventional capital purchases, rentals, loaners, transfers from other facilities, even patients bringing in their own devices, as well as older equipment being retired, transferred to other locations or facilities, replaced by rental agencies, misplaced, or lost through theft. Attempting to maintain the accuracy and functionality of such inventories is no trivial task. Even if it was possible, to what end is the need? (Here, I’m not equating the importance of general asset management with medical equipment maintenance management).

CLICK HERE to read Larry Fennigkoh’s entire post
on the AAMI Blog.

CLICK HERE to read Steve Grimes’ recent paper published in
Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology
November/December 2014.


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