Inspection and Maintenance – Patient Transport Devices
Every mechanical device needs routine inspection to identify potential problems. We recommend that you develop a standard routine that includes thorough disinfection, cleaning, inspection and lubrication. We also recommend that you utilize trained people on staff who are familiar with devices’ general mechanics and can perform required work with confidence. If you do not have access to these skillsets on your staff, we recommend calling a reputable Biomedical repair partner like Monet Medical.
Inspect all equipment at the beginning of each shift. Make sure that equipment operates as intended and components and accessories are all present and in good working order. Periodically assess the cosmetic condition and ensure that materials are not torn, ripped, scratched, or subject to corrosion. Ensure that moving parts are positive, tight, and that wheels roll smoothly and freely, and that brakes are strong and effective.
The following inspection checklist is designed to help you do a thorough job of maintaining your equipment:
- Are all components present such as handles, restraints, and safety pads?
- Is the device free of excessive wear?
- Are all screws, nuts, bolts, rivets and roll pins securely in place?
- Do moving parts operate smoothly and properly?
- Does the device lock properly into each position?
- Does the device load and unload properly?
- Does the safety hook engage the safety bar?
- Are any patient restraints properly installed and secure?
- Is restraint webbing in good condition, with no cuts or frayed edges?
- Are restraint buckles free of visible damage, and do they operate properly?
- oes the device roll smoothly? Are wheels free of debris that may interfere with safe operation?
- Do the wheels have adequate tread and are they free from excess damage?
- Do installed accessories operate properly without interfering with device operation?
Cleaning and Disinfection
Clean equipment will work more smoothly and lessen providers’ and patients’ exposure to diseases. Clean your equipment per the Original Manufacturers’ directions, usually using a mild detergent and warm water. Disinfect using a good quality, noncorrosive disinfectant and follow the disinfectant manufacturers recommended application procedures.
Develop a standard maintenance schedule. Here is a guide to help you get started:
Minimum maintenance intervals:
- Each use – proper disinfection
- As needed – proper cleaning, waxing, inspecting, lubricating
- Monthly – Inspection and Maintenance
General maintenance information for each product are usually included in the operator’s manual, and may vary between models. Leave repairs that require disassembly of structural features, such as removal of roll pins or rivets, to properly trained technicians or Independent Service Providers who have factory trained technicians.
Original Replacement Parts and Service
Original replacement parts can often be obtained from manufacturers or their authorized distributors like Monet Medical. Give us a call or email and see what we can do.
Monet Medical technicians have received Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) training which allows our personnel to work on their respective equipment.