The recent Webinar Wednesday presentation “Don’t Take Risks With Medical Device Risk Scoring” made 255 individual eligible to receive 1 credit from the ACI.
The webinar, sponsored by Nuvolo, pushed Webinar Wednesday past the 5,000 mark for registration in 2020!
In the webinar, HTM-industry experts Matt Baretich, PE, PhD, and Carol Davis-Smith, CCE, FACCE, AAMIF, discussed the need for an industry-wide methodology to accurately determine the risk of medical devices. Determining the risk a medical device poses to patients or staff should it malfunction is not only a regulatory requirement. However, it can be used to determine work order prioritization, hazard alert response, AEM eligibility and equipment replacement needs.
With so many medical equipment management plan decisions being based on this important safety metric, it’s necessary for HTM organizations to use a risk scoring method that accurately determines risk at a point in time as it tracks changes in risk over time.
The presenters also discussed the need for organizations to standardize how they determine risk so that there is a universal understanding of the safety implications of classes of devices, and improved ability to audit and benchmark.
The winner of a Webinar Wednesday T-shirt given away during the live webinar was Scott Gillett of Baylor, Scott & White in Texas. Another lucky attendee, Kevin Davis of ERD LLC won a gift card.
The 255 attendees provided feedback via a post-webinar survey that included the question, “How will today’s webinar help you improve in your role?”
‘It was interesting to get a different take on risk scoring,” said M. Hoffman, CBET.
“We are migrating to a new CMMS right now. This will help me assess the way we’ve been assigning risk to devices and decide if we should do something new,” Clinical Engineer M. Van Donsil said.
“I agree that we need to be constantly evaluating all equipment for current risk assessment levels. Many merits, as mentioned, are still based on a 30-year-old system. We need to rethink potential risk and hazards on not only the older machines, but the newer technology that is constantly changing is very important. The presentation was an eye opener for sure, and I liked the simple format used as an example that we all can use. I personally feel that if we do not step up that things will eventually bite us,” said B. Hayes, CBET III.
“It will provide a good introductory resource to help explain our AEM and risk assessment policies to team members,” said J. Walsh, operations manager.
“It is very important that everyone in our industry stays up to date with ever-evolving guidelines, standards and best practices. This webinar covered some key elements regarding risk and AEM programs,” Owner/BMET K. Davis said.
“Very good information regarding risk scoring and options for maintenance activities,” Biomedical Equipment Specialist M. Walker said.
“It gave me a better understanding of the challenges that TM faces, and the logic that is used regarding risk factors and PM completion rates,” said H. Tucker, principal FES Technical Services.
“Puts many things in perspective as related to risk assessing our medical equipment. I always enjoy hearing the visionary perspective of Matt and Carol. They have a way to find gems that I can take back and apply in my position,” Clinical Engineering Director G. Schneider said.
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