As the technological aspect of medical equipment advances, so does the necessity of treatment for medical conditions. Healthcare professionals and patients are becoming more reliant on these types of electronic devices every day.
Medical Equipment Failure Types
Medical equipment failure varies from hardware problematic cases to inadequate technological or software coding production. These type of issues often stem from – but are not limited to – inept levels of speed within the equipment used to administer medication or fluid, as well as the failure to set the alarm in monitoring equipment.
Other forms of medical equipment failure entail the loss of documentation, computer freezing or immediate shutdown, and erratic values publicized on display units.
Medical Equipment and Technological Deficiencies
Medical equipment failure involving software glitches and susceptibilities are sometimes the underlying cause of serious complications. Depending on the circumstances, wireless network information transfer can produce communication glitches capable of freezing the machine’s PC unit. This type of medical equipment failure can potentially create a postponement inpatient therapy, a dilemma that could pose a probable risk of irreversible injury or death.
In nearly every case, diagnostic equipment durability will make all the difference in a patient’s chance of survival. Health disorders and diseases like cancer often necessitate early detection for patient survival. Should diagnostic equipment fail to accurately display signs of disease, it is probable that the patient will experience a life-threatening illness and death that could have been prevented.
Today, an increase in medical facilities are utilizing the advanced diagnostic equipment. This practice allows for the proper diagnosis of medical conditions as well as an outline of appropriate treatment strategies for patients to be provided.
Diagnostic equipment is comprised of medical imaging devices ranging from ultrasounds, x-ray machines, MRI machines, CT and PET scanners.
If a patient is in critical condition, the vast majority of health practitioners depend heavily on monitors to keep track of patients and warrant stability among all vital parameters. Some varying machines can be key tools for staying on top of a patient’s current state. These conditions commonly include blood flow, blood pressure, cardiac conditions, respiratory disorders, labor, and delivery, along with body temperature.
Should monitoring medical equipment fail if a patient is severely ill, the situation will almost always result in a misdiagnosis or lack of necessary treatment for the patient’s condition.
Artificial Pacemakers are most often used for long-term treatment. Pacemaker users and practitioners are very reliant on this particular device. While pacemakers are a critical necessity for patients experiencing chronic health issues, pacemakers are not one hundred percent reliable just because they solely rely on electrical circuits to create impulses to contract the heart muscles. This consistent electrical contraction assists in normalizing the patient’s heart beat. Inadequate function ability is dangerous and potentially fatal. A pacemaker operating too quickly can result in tachycardia or an unusually fast heart rate. Medical equipment failure of a pacemaker can even be the reason for the sudden death of a patient.
Defibrillators’ primary purpose is to treat cases of both cardiac arrest and fibrillation (rapid and irregular heart contractions). Defibrillators transport electrical energy to a patient’s heart. This promotes restoration of the function of the body’s natural pacemaker. Because of the imminence of an abnormal cardiac condition, defibrillator failure can be the cause of serious health risks. Inappropriate quantities of electrical currents flowing from the defibrillators can damage the heart and or result in death.