Can point-of-care equipment last 100,000 miles?

ErgotronServiceProgramsWhy do cars continue running and stay dependable well past their warranty period or often drive for many thousands of miles over 100,000? A partial answer may be quality construction. The other part of the answer: a good maintenance strategy.

Your point-of-care equipment is just like your car—for long-term use past the warranty period of your medical carts or wall mounts, you need a good maintenance strategy.

I’ve worked in healthcare for the last 25 years and I can’t tell you how many times I have been frustrated to see poorly managed point-of-care equipment in healthcare settings. More often than not I see arms and carts that have been installed for no more than a year—well under the five year warranty—in complete disorder.

Not only can this state of disarray impact caregiver accuracy, efficiency, and safety, it also compromises the effectiveness of expensive point-of-care investments. With all the financial demands facing any given healthcare organization, this is something they definitely cannot afford to let happen.

As I talk to our customers, I’ve found that the analogy of automobile care resonates. But what most organizations don’t understand is that a similar strategy is equally necessary for complex point-of-care implementations. And who better to help determine that strategy than the manufacturer who designed and manufactured it?

Service-icon-wErgotronErgotron offers a wide array of services to help your IT investments run a long, long time, from free pre-installation walkthroughs of all equipment—including the IT equipment that attaches to the carts and wall mounts—to the yearly, scheduled and on demand maintenance of these same products.

Over the next several months, I’ll be blogging about some of the challenges healthcare organizations are facing and some strategies to address them. Check back to learn more about creating a plan to help your point-of-care equipment last 100,000 miles, and lead to more success over the extended life of your products.

steve-reineckeSteve Reinecke, MT (CLS) CPHIMS
AVP – Ergotron Healthcare

 

[Video] Device Management: Smart Technology for Schools

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Meet Mary and Tim! They’ll show you how Ergotron’s charging carts and storage cabinets sync, charge and store iPad devices, Chromebooks, laptops and tablets while providing secure access to staff and students—wherever needed throughout the school.

Learn more about Ergotron’s entire line of charging carts and stations.

(Infographic) Nursing Challenges and Changes

While nurses represent the majority of the U.S. healthcare workforce and are on the front lines of the industry’s radical transformation, they face many daily challenges. Nurses are responsible for quality care and patient satisfaction, yet they continue to spend more time interacting with technology and potentially less and less time actually providing care to patients, making it harder to provide outstanding care.

Nurses went into the profession because they wanted to take care of people. In this world of technology they are spending up to 35% of their day doing documentation. This infographic looks at ways that they can make that 35% more tolerable and reduce or combine documentation time with patient interaction (triangle of care).

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We believe that if we can provide equipment to relieve physical burdens, solutions to technology problems and broadband telemedicine to alleviate the widespread nursing shortage, the healthcare industry and nurses in particular will be better positioned to do the job they are meant to be doing- providing quality care to patients.

Click here for a PDF of the Infographic and Creative Commons Attribution.