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How Often Does Bio-Medical Equipment Need to Be Calibrated?

Bio-medical Equipment CalibrationAt Stat Bio-Medical Sales & Service, we offer annual safety and performance testing for bio-medical equipment management. We also provide annual calibrations of equipment to help our clients meet their legal obligations, according to NFPA 99. The NFPA code 99 standards establish specific criteria for healthcare services or systems based on the potential risk to patients, staff, and visitors. These standards were developed to help minimize the hazards posed by fire, explosion, and electricity in the medical industry. The requirements of NFPA 99 address areas that include: installation, inspection, testing, maintenance, performance, and safe practices. These requirements don’t just include physician equipment and appliances, but also entire facilities and materials used in the medical field.

What is Medical Calibration?

As part of the services provided for biomedical sales in Boston and the surrounding area, we also offer bio-medical equipment calibration. This process works to ensure that the output quality of biomedical equipment is on par with the industry-defined standards. Calibration is done to ensure that the item is functioning properly and to make sure that the results or readings it provides are accurate. Calibration is part of the annual testing and services required for biomedical equipment in Massachusetts and all across the country. While each state has its own regulations, calibration is pretty much standard everywhere.

Like any other type of equipment, biomedical equipment is susceptible to wear and tear over time. Unfortunately, as the equipment gets used, the wear and tear can impact the accuracy of its performance. The only way to ensure that the physician equipment is performing as it should is to provide regular calibration. Calibration ensures the effectiveness of the equipment and works to minimize risks associated with its use. It is an essential part of annual testing and services for proper medical equipment management at hospitals, clinics, and practices. Calibration is required to receive the necessary certifications and licenses from the necessary regulatory authorities.

When Should Calibration Occur?

Ideally, calibration should be performed alongside annual testing and services, according to industry, federal, and state law. However, each piece of equipment has different requirements based on the scope and scale of its use. Part of bio-medical equipment management is for the administrator to establish a calibration schedule. There are a few factors that must be considered when determining the best schedule for each piece of equipment. It may seem rather involved, but once the schedule has been determined, our biomedical sales in Boston can ensure that everything is done on time.

Some of the factors to consider for calibration, annual testing and services include:

  • Manufacturer’s Recommendations – Check the owner’s manual of your physician equipment to determine how often the manufacturer recommends the calibration. In addition to these recommendations, you must also consider how frequently the equipment is used and how it is being used. Additionally, if the equipment is used to perform what might be deemed as “critical” measurements, you might want to perform calibrations more frequently.
  • Before/After Critical Projects – Another good time to perform calibration is just before and after a critical measuring project. Make sure to have all of your tools and equipment for such a project tested and measured to ensure proper results. It is also highly recommended to recalibrate vital machinery after completing a critical measuring project to ensure continued accuracy.
  • Following an Incident – If the equipment suffers damage, impact, or an internal overload, you are required to get it calibrated immediately. Make sure to record all calibration work that is done outside of annual testing and services for comprehensive medical equipment management. Good record-keeping is essential to making sure everything is appropriately tested and operating as it should.

Custom Calibration and Testing

It is also important to note that if you use your physician equipment on a regular basis or at a high volume, you should get it calibrated more frequently. Work with trusted biomedical sales in Boston to determine the best schedule for your testing, calibration, and services. For example, a large hospital or a busy specialty practice will require more frequent calibration than a small practice might. Bio-medical equipment management is important, not just to the safety of your patients, but also to ensure that your facility is compliant with the law. When in doubt, consult with an expert.

If you have any questions about the services we provide or if you would like to get a custom quote for annual testing and services, give us a call toll-free at 1-877-995-1117. Our team can help you get the services you require and can also assist you with new and used physician equipment in the North East USA region.