In any medical facility, patient monitors are going to be exposed to a lot of bumps, bangs and wear and tear even when staff is very careful in handling and moving the equipment. Old or heavily used equipment will need to be replaced, and upgrading to a new or refurbished GE B40 monitor can provide your staff with the latest in technology for patient monitoring and care.
This not just important, but it is a necessity for providing the best possible care, reducing equipment failures, and eliminating as many human error issues in monitoring patients as possible.
Having a new or refurbished GE B40 monitor provides the best in technology, including the option to set parameters, monitor trends in vitals over time, and to provide a clear display that allows display of up to six waveforms at one time. Knowing if you need to replace your current system starts with knowing the warning signs of aging equipment and potential failures.
A very serious issue with a failing or defective patient monitor is the failure of the alarms to sound within the ranges set. This is often seen as a minor issue if the staff notices the status change on the monitor itself, but without the alarms in place monitoring at night or even throughout the day is going to become a very serious risk for the facility.
Failures in Data Capture
Often when components are failing in the system, there will be glitches or gaps in data capture. This may occur very infrequently, but it is going to result in an increased risk to patients.
At any sign of data loss or failures, the monitor should be repaired or replaced. If it is using old technology, this is a good time to upgrade to a state-of-the-art model and design such as the GE B40 monitor.
Lack of Maintenance
While maintenance on these monitors is very minimal, it is important to routinely check the systems as per the manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations. When routine maintenance has not been completed, which includes electrical safety tests, functional inspections and even checking the monitor software, it may be necessary to consider a replacement or a full inspection and repair.
Finally, it will be necessary to occasionally complete adjustments and calibrations to the various measurement systems on the unit. When these calibration requirements are frequent, it is a good time to consider replacing the current monitor with a new or refurbished monitor before there is a more serious failure that may leave the facility short on required equipment.
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