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Patient Owned Devices (CPAP)

  • 1.  Patient Owned Devices (CPAP)

    Posted 07-30-2019 16:03
    Hello all,

    Does anyone have any recommendations on managing patient owned medical devices? we currently only do a visual inspection on CPAPs and I was wondering if there are any spacific regulatory requirements on how to manage and inspect those devices.

    Thanks!

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    Hosameldin Elsemany CCE CBET
    Senior Clinical Engineering Specialist
    Yale New Haven Hospital
    New Haven CT
    (203) 980-8819
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  • 2.  RE: Patient Owned Devices (CPAP)

    Posted 07-31-2019 07:34

    Morning Hosameldin,

     

    This is a long standing debate. If I remember correctly NFPA99 2012 and prior states that any patient owned equipment should be inventoried and inspected to be in good working order. We followed this method for decades we would inspect the unit and perform an electrical safety test when a three prong plug was installed. But today nearly all CPAP's bipaps, and laptops are two wire and low voltage.

     

    We have passed the inspection of such devices on to our RT department. They are onsight 24/7 and can help a patient if their device is not suitable for use in the hospital which does occasionally happen. They log the device and inform the nursing staff it is safe for use.

     

    I know everyone has a different take on how to handles these. It would be nice if there could be a national consensus on what to do with them and how to track and inspect.  

     

    Joseph C Deater CBET

    BMET III

    Healthcare Technologies Management

    Munson Healthcare

    Traverse City, MI 49684

    W:231-935-5074

     






  • 3.  RE: Patient Owned Devices (CPAP)

    Posted 07-31-2019 07:59
    Edited by Hosameldin Elsemany 07-31-2019 08:00
    Hello Joseph,

    It makes sense for the RT team to be inspecting the CPAPs and that's what we are leaning towards, however, is there a regulatory reference your facility used in making the decision?

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    Hosameldin Elsemany CCE CBET
    Senior Clinical Engineering Specialist
    Yale New Haven Hospital
    New Haven CT
    (203) 980-8819
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  • 4.  RE: Patient Owned Devices (CPAP)

    Posted 07-31-2019 08:12

    More so the lack of New reg. Also the driving fact that more and more devices are low voltage. We decided if we could educate the RT's on what to look for, what to log and with their 24/7 in house coverage it just makes more sense. We were being called in 2 or 3 times a weekend to look at a Double Insulated or low voltage CPAP or other devices for patients. The only thing there has to be is a log that the unit was checked in. I do not recall which group requires this, I believe it is CMS so TJC.

     

     

    Joseph C Deater CBET

    BMET III

    Healthcare Technologies Management

    Munson Healthcare

    Traverse City, MI 49684

    W:231-935-5074