Medical equipment management
Use GS1 standards to improve medical equipment management systems
Clinical engineering departments are increasingly responsible for the full asset life cycle, including total cost of ownership and importantly the management of outsourced contracts, for a broad range of medical equipment including walking aids, hoists, X-ray machines and fixed equipment in theatres.
And using barcodes on assets, linked to the barcoded patient wristband, makes it easy to record which medical equipment has been used on which patients.
- Better utilisation of medical equipment assets
- Reduction in clinical time spend searching for the assets
- Capital cost savings from renting less equipment
- More accurate and efficient maintenance of equipment
- Improved patient safety
What efficient medical equipment management looks like
- GS1 numbers, barcodes and RFID tags are used to identify all medical equipment, as well as locations, staff, patients and products
- Where possible, paper records should be replaced, using barcode or RFID reading devices to update asset databases without the need for re-keying information
- Equipment commissioning, transfers, repairs and maintenance is tracked using barcode or RFID readers in order to build up the accurate information required to improve asset management policies and processes