There is quite a balancing act that goes on within healthcare facilities when it comes to whether or not medical equipment should be repaired or replaced. Unfortunately there is not one answer to address the issue. Decisions for repairing or replacing medical equipment such as linear accelerators and CT scanners needs to be done on a case by case basis. The most important factors being how the decision affects patient care and patient outcomes.
Many professionals involved in the decision to replace or repair medical equipment find weighing the costs and patient interests to be a difficult task. Facility decision makers need to determine the risks vs the rewards in how long to keep large scaled medical equipment in action. Preventative and corrective maintenance must be evaluated on a per machine basis to ensure the best decisions are made.
It is impractical to repair medical equipment when:
Replacement Parts Are Scarce: Replacement parts for LINACS or CT scanners aren’t common off the shelf items that you can find at any medical supply store. In fact, with manufacturers in a race to keep up with the latest and greatest technologies in equipment they are constantly phasing out older equipment which makes finding parts to repair medical equipment harder and harder to find. This alone makes it scary to rely on older equipment for critical patient care.
The Cost of Service: If medical equipment is not maintained or repaired by in house technicians’ facilities must look at the expense of service plans. Another factor is that as equipment ages, replacement parts are harder to find if not obsolete.
Patient Care Will Be Disrupted: When large scaled equipment starts to break down on a regular basis and interrupts patient care this wreaks havoc with patient care. If this is on-going, it can greatly affect your service and dissatisfied patients will seek care elsewhere.
On-Going Equipment Failure: Sometimes the equipment that you have is a giant lemon. If it is found that your device is failing time and time again it may make sense to replace it. Sometimes there is more liability in keeping a piece of equipment around that continues to fail than starting over.
There is a lot that goes into replacing a large scaled piece of medical equipment like a LINAC system, so it is crucial to have a plan in place for when the need arises. Not only does new equipment need to be purchased, the old equipment needs to be moved out to make room for the new. It is important to evaluate and reevaluate equipment frequently in order to avoid costly surprises. This is especially true in smaller facilities with stricter budgets.
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