Updated: Mar 10, 2022
The Biomedical department is one of the support teams for the Central Sterile Service Department (CSSD). In larger hospital settings they often are the first contact when equipment fails. Hospitals are relying more now than ever on their biomedical technicians to help cut support costs for their CSSD reprocessing equipment. With help from OEM training, Biomed technicians are taking on a number of minor repairs.
Sterile processing staff can help in the equipment failure process by becoming more familiar with their equipment. Troubling shooting issues not only saves time in researching issues it increases the efficiency of the Biomed technicians work, which is highly sought after by many of the other hospital departments.
One of the ways to become more familiar with your equipment is to consult with the OEM technicians about ongoing issues and learn what drives equipment failures. OEM technicians often are willing to supply you with extra knowledge. Another way is to also work side by side with your biomedical team when they respond to equipment failure calls. Your OEM manuals also offer a number of troubling shooting scenarios so that can help you make a diagnosis of the issue at hand. Lastly, if you are more adventurous you can even take some OEM courses on the operation and repair of your equipment.
Never attempt to make equipment repairs unless you are certified to do so. By supplying additional knowledgeable information when equipment fails you are helping to cut costs too, by cutting the time required to diagnose issues. By becoming proactive and knowledgeable about your equipment instead of reactive to failures you might even ward off larger issues by acknowledging smaller issues earlier on.
At Evolved Sterile Processing, our consultants have a greater focus on sterile processing. With our decades of experience, we will help you develop better processes and educational resources for your staff.