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Ranking of Replacing Medical Equipment – An Element of the Rational Use of Resources
Ranking of Replacing Medical Equipment – An Element of the Rational Use of Resources

Author(s): George Udroiu, Ghiţă Bârsan, Toma Pleşanu
Subject(s): Security and defense, Military policy
Published by: Centrul tehnic-editorial al armatei
Keywords: medical equipment; life cycle cost; inventory; replacement planning; ranking; cost/efficiency ratio;
Summary/Abstract: Maximising the value of medical equipment, in the context of financial constraints in the health system and the ongoing demands of clinical staff for new acquisitions, as an effect of the accelerated pace of technological development, requires the implementation of prudent management of the replacement process of existing medical technology, by aligning with the strategic objectives of the medical organisation and the epidemiological context of the moment. The development of replacement lists for healthcare equipment and the prioritisation of replacement should be done by employing a system of scores/marks given to medical equipment following the evaluation of clinical and non-clinical factors, both quantitative and qualitative, considering health care unit benefit, social impact and the costs associated with operational support. This estimated planning process, augmented on the basis of data from the medical equipment inventory programme and the expertise of clinical engineering structures of the hospitals, is a dynamic tool for substantiating needs and optimising capital expenditures.

  • Page Range: 440-453
  • Page Count: 14
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Language: English