Considerations for Medical Equipment Replacement: Time is Money!
Typically, equipment has been identified by a Facility’s Asset Management team for replacement. Several factors are reviewed when determining if and when equipment should be replaced. Safety, age of the equipment, costs to service, parts available to service the equipment, evolution of the technology of the equipment, and patient and organizational demand for the equipment are several criteria that come into consideration.
While smaller equipment such as an X-Ray machine or a surgical table can be as easy as remove and replace, larger equipment, such as CT scanners, MRI’s, and linear accelerators, require extensive planning for both the removal and the replacement process. Once this decision has been made to replace, a strategic plan must be determined to minimize the down time for the equipment, and thus minimizing the loss of revenue for a facility. This planning strategy should include a Design and Construction Team of architects, engineers, and a general contractor for the best results for your project. Many times, modifications to the existing room and/ or adjacent spaces is required to support the new equipment and new associated technologies. These costs must be accounted for in a facility’s overall budget for equipment replacement. Synthesis Incorporated, along with Applied Engineering and Pepper Construction have a history of collaboration on such projects. Having designed and constructed several Linear Accelerator replacement projects just in the last few months, our team can assist you in understanding the impact, time required, and budget for replacing your medical equipment. Equipment down time is lost revenue for a facility. So having the proper team on board from the beginning is critical to your bottom line. Contact us for more information on how we can assist you with your medical equipment replacement project.