Medical Equipment plays a vital role in the delivery of healthcare. There is an excellent range of such equipment available out there. It can be as small and straightforward as a thermometer that can fit in a person’s pocket, and it can be a large and complex machine such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines, which can only be found in big hospitals. All this equipment uses different types of technologies and is intended for various applications.
With such a vast range and use, it makes the importance of medical equipment management the top priority for medical practitioners and healthcare organizations to ensure the best quality of healthcare delivery.
Medical Equipment Management:
Suppose you visit your doctor because you were feeling dizzy. He takes out his equipment to check your blood pressure, which is faulty, and it gives you a very high reading. To keep your blood pressure low, the doctor gives you some medicines, but instead, these medicines further deteriorate your health.
I am sure you don’t want such conditions to happen, and for this purpose, only Medical Equipment Management is essential.
It is a process through which hospitals analyze, develop, and manage the medical equipment to ensure safe and effective management of the equipment. The World Health Organisation (WHO) always issues the guidelines in Medical Equipment Management, which every organization directly or indirectly related to medical equipment should follow to ensure the usability and reliability of the equipment.
India needs proper Medical Equipment Management:
With such a vast population and limited resources, India has faced many situations where there have been accidents due to Medical Equipment Mismanagement. Almost 122 persons per 100000 in India die due to bad quality of healthcare, which is even worse than our neighbor countries Pakistan (119), Nepal (93), and Bangladesh (57).
These mismanagements happen mostly in cases of chronic diseases such as cancer, mental illnesses, etc. The prime reason behind this has been stated above, i.e. we do not have proper resources in our country. Such poor treatment in government hospitals pushes people to take shelter in private hospitals. Nearly half of the Indian population prefers to visit the private hospitals for their treatment as they ensure a better quality of services. But everybody can’t afford such services, what about the poor?
What should be done?
There are steps to do that. It starts with planning; every healthcare organization should have a proper plan on how they should maintain their medical equipment. They should have appropriate ideas upon the instruments and types which should be repaired and replaced.
The other step after planning is its implementation. After identifying the faulty instruments, the organizations should get them repaired as soon as possible. But this policy of reuse and recycle doesn’t work everywhere. Some equipment needs replacement, and this is where the problem arises as most organizations don’t do that. For this purpose, the government should make a committee to look over it, and these organizations should under their roles and perform their duties well to ensure the security of the patients.