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Ventilators: The Importance of Preventative Maintenance

MedWrench recently spoke with Tenacore's Biomedical Engineer, Charlie Pak, about the importance of preventative maintenance for ventilators.

Tue Oct 01 2019By Tenacore

Tenacore shares the importance of keeping ventilators working properly, basic steps to follow for preventative maintenance, and how this preventative maintenance will save costs for health care facilities. Have a question for the expert or want to find out more after reading these tips? Fill out the form at the bottom of the page to ask Charlie Pak a question directly.

Why is it vital to perform preventative maintenance on ventilators?

It is vital to perform preventative maintenance on ventilators because a ventilator supplies a patient with oxygen when they are unable to breathe on their own. If the equipment is not properly maintained, it could lead to more costly repairs and more importantly, it could affect a patient’s ability to breathe.

Can you describe briefly the basic steps one should follow when performing preventative maintenance?

Below are the basic steps one should follow when performing preventative maintenance on a ventilator:

  1. Perform a visual inspection and ensure there is no physical damages.
  2. Clean and sanitize the unit.
  3. Check all air and oxygen filters and make sure they are clean.
  4. Check for any electrical damage, ground, etc.
  5. Connect the simulator and allow it to run according to the manufacturer’s recommended settings.
  6. Change any components per the manufacturer’s recommendation.

How can preventative maintenance help prevent healthcare-acquired infections?

There are numerous aspects of the preventative maintenance process that can help prevent healthcare-acquired infections. Cleaning, sanitation and changing filters are all parts of the PM procedure that can help to prevent infections.

How does proper preventative maintenance deliver cost savings for the health care facility?

Proper preventative maintenance can certainly provide cost savings for health care facilities. When a ventilator is poorly maintained, problems go unnoticed and worsen over time, making it more costly to repair. Therefore, it is actually more cost effective to spend the money on regularly scheduled preventative maintenance rather than wait for a problem to arise. 

How have new features and new technology changed the maintenance of ventilators?

Ventilators have evolved a lot over the years, and it is our job to make sure we are keeping up with all the new features and technology in order to effectively perform maintenance and repairs. Precisely controlled new technology, such as updating software technology, has helped us detect unpredicted problems early, saving both us and our customers time and money. 

What else do MedWrench users need to know about preventative maintenance when it comes to ventilators?

One thing all MedWrench users should know is that performing preventative maintenance on ventilators requires proper training and the correct software from the manufacturer. Attempting to perform a ventilator PM without any experience could lead to a very costly repair or break the equipment. If a biomed is interested in performing their own preventative maintenance work, I would recommend seeking training at a place like Tenacore or another reputable company. 

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