alexa Maintenance Practice, Causes of Failure and Risk Assessment of Diagnostic Medical Equipment
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Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Devices
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Research Article

Maintenance Practice, Causes of Failure and Risk Assessment of Diagnostic Medical Equipment

John Kwaku Kutor1*, Peter Agede2 and Rashid Haruna Ali3

1Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana

2Department of Biomedical Engineering, 37 Military Hospital, National Service, Accra, Ghana

3Department of Biomedical Engineering, Focos Orthopedics’ Hospital, National Service, Accra, Ghana

*Corresponding Author:
Kutor JK
Department of Biomedical Engineering
University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana
Tel: +233243147354
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: May 17, 2017 Accepted Date: May 23, 2017 Published Date: May 30, 2017

Citation: Kutor JK, Agede P, Ali RH (2017) Maintenance Practice, Causes of Failure and Risk Assessment of Diagnostic Medical Equipment. J Biomed Eng Med Devic 2: 123. doi: 10.4172/2475-7586.1000123

Copyright: © 2017 Kutor JK, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Diagnostic medical equipment are medical equipment that aid in the observation of various aspects of a patient’s health condition. These devices help to form the basis for diagnosis and is therefore critical for this equipment to be efficiently maintained to ensure accurate and reliable output. In this study, we investigated the maintenance culture of diagnostic medical equipment and relate the findings to indices to find the exact causes of equipment failures. In the case study the sphygmomanometer was used. Our results have shown the following: (i) that most failures are due to preventable causes (ii) inadequate medical equipment technicians and engineers, (iii) Data deficiencies and (iv) lack of predictive maintenance.


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