Calibration for sensitive medical equipment is a necessary part of routine maintenance and upkeep. Knowing when to get this task done can seem a little confusing. Below are six of the more critical times to remember to get on-site calibration services.
1. Starting a Critical Measurement Project
You should have all sensitive medical equipment calibrated as close to the beginning of a critical measurement project as possible. Depending on the accuracy of your equipment can change the outcome for any task at hand. Those that need absolute accuracy should be conducted with freshly calibrated equipment.
2. Ending a Critical Measurement Project
Completing a critical measurement project is another time you should get the medical equipment calibrated. It will help verify that the equipment was working properly. You will then be ready to begin any other non-critical measurement projects that come up later.
3. Manufacturers Recommendations
All manufacturers of sensitive medical equipment give specific recommendations for calibration. You need to follow these to keep from voiding any warranties. You will have to demonstrate that these guidelines were followed in cases of serious equipment malfunction. There is an expected level of care that has to be met.
4. Mandatory Project Requirements
There may be a project looming on the horizon that has specific medical equipment calibration requirements. You may not feel it is exactly critical measurement worthy, but it becomes a directive that has to be followed. Call on your calibration specialist and get this part of the process out of the way.
5. Predetermined Intervals
You and your calibration expert may have a set schedule for calibration of all sensitive medical equipment. It is best to maintain this schedule. They will be familiar with the necessary frequency to get optimal performance. You want this type of equipment to be as close to complete accuracy as possible for the smallest of projects. Keeping the calibration on a routine schedule will ensure that this part of maintenance is never forgotten.
6. Accidental Events
Sensitive medical equipment that is transported from one location or another, accidental dropped, banged into, had heavy objects placed on top of, or any other way roughly treated should be calibrated. Internal power overloads can be another great reason to have a current calibration done. These types of events are not always predictable or preventable, but you can do your best to determine if the equipment has been damaged.
It is essential to trust that the readings and operation of all sensitive medical equipment be as near to complete accuracy as manageable. Quick on-site calibration services will determine and set the accuracy you need.