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  2. To the #Biomed community: For too long vendors feel they can operate without any impunity or completely ignore the pleas of their customer base. I for one will not stand for it. The abundance of dissatisfaction across the #medicaldevice parts market is unacceptable. So here is what I plan to do about it. As I identify or hear about vendors with issues, I will create a survey. I will compile the data from that survey and launch an episode simply going over that data without giving my opinion. This is in an effort to show a mirror to the face of companies that do not wish to address our concerns. If you believe in this mission then I encourage you to not only fill out this survey below but share it to others within the HTM ecosystem. We have a voice that deserves to be heard. The first company to which I present a survey for is PartsSource. #medicalparts #BMET #IamHTM #HealthcareTechnology #accountability #surveysays #medicalvendors https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=DQSIkWdsW0yxEjajBLZtrQAAAAAAAAAAAAMAANS2IxdUNU1UWFQ3TURQSVgwSVlJRlVVTElXMTM4VC4u
  3. On February 20, 2024, Medline Industries, LP initiated a nationwide recall of 6 SubG Endotracheal Tubes with Subglottic Suction and 10 kits that contain these devices. The inflation tube and other device components have become detached and/or torn from the main tube, resulting in moisture buildup, lView the full article
  4. When’s the last time you did component level repair?
  5. Nimbus II infusion pumps may experience one or more issues that can cause severe patient injury and death.View the full article
  6. Sagent Pharmaceuticals today announced the voluntary nationwide recall of two lots of Docetaxel Injection, USP (80 mg per 8 mL multi-dose vials and 160 mg per 16 mL multi-dose vials). The product was distributed by Sagent Pharmaceuticals. Sagent has initiated this voluntary recall of Docetaxel InjecView the full article
  7. I have made a point to have credentialing packets put together for each technician which includes (scrubbed resume, recent competency eval, training certs, test equipment certs, and PM reports) I provide everything in a binder for them to have first hand and usually if they ask to run a tracer on a device I have my tablet handy to run a ref check based on whats in their hand. It eliminates scrambling and gives them a sense you have your shit together. Usually makes the surveys fly by. Also in reagrds to RPTs everything flows through your MEMP and P&P that is set by the organization. Say what you do and do what you say. For reference our MEMP for RPTs is as follows: Be compliant with 2012 NFPA99. Multiple Outlet Connection. Two or more power receptacles supplied by a flexible cord shall be permitted to be used to supply power to plug-connected components of a movable equipment assembly that is rack-, table-, pedestal-, or cart- mounted, provided that all the following conditions are met: 1. The receptacles are permanently attached to the equipment assembly. 2. The sum of the ampacity of all appliances connected to the outlets does not exceed 75 percent of the ampacity of the flexible cord supplying the outlets. 3. The ampacity of the flexible cord is in accordance with NFPA 70, National Electrical Code. 4. The electrical and mechanical integrity of the assembly is regularly verified and documented. 5. Means are employed to ensure that additional devices or nonmedical equipment cannot be connected to the multiple outlet extension cord after leakage currents have been verified as safe.  Listed as UL 1363A or UL 60601-1.  Be equipped with dual circuit breakers, hospital grade plug and hospital grade receptacles.  Lock out open receptacles with splash resistant covers that require a tool to access.  Power strip should never be used to power non-patient care-related electrical equipment (personal electronics).  Power strip should never be used as an extension cord, Daisy-Chained, improperly routed, improperly mounted, overloaded or show signs of thermal distress, damage or neglect.
  8. Oh there are always so many to account for lol. I've had service calls come in through dispatch that have stated " Need Dynamite calibrated" of course they meant dynamap but I had fun with them on this one. Another referenced needing a "dildometer" repaired which was supposed to be a dynamometer which I still to this day have no clue how they didn't catch that lol.
  9. Good day Biomed Bill. I've been in management for several years and it comes down to a few questions to help get you an answer. Do you love mentoring, training, coaching technicians? Does management of expenses, timeclocks, reports, TJC/DNV surveys, service escalations, hiring/firing sound enticing and/or worth it to you? I will say a lot of things are great about management but it does not mean its for everyone. You above all else must be patient with people and processes even though you know they are jacked up. You will have the opportunity however to leave your mark on those you manage and implement systems to create positive change that you may otherwise not have the ability to as a tech. I will also say just cause your management doesn't mean you will be the highest paid 100% of the time. I will say I enjoy leading and helping pull potential out of technicians the most.
  10. If not does your department do any sort of celebration?
  11. Vyaire Medical recalls Twin Tube due to potential nozzle separation risk posing a choking hazard. View the full article
  12. FDA is informing the public of adverse events reported with the use of BioZorb Marker including pain, migration, erosion, and others.View the full article
  13. Hospira, Inc., a Pfizer company (“Pfizer”), is voluntarily recalling the lots listed in the table below of Buprenorphine Hydrochloride Injection CarpujectTM Units and Labetalol Hydrochloride Injection, USP CarpujectTM Units to the User level. The recall was initiated due to the potential for incomplView the full article
  14. Hologic, Inc. is recalling BioZorb Marker due to complications and adverse events with implanted devices. View the full article
  15. Do you have supervisors, managers, regional folk? Specialists?
  16. What types of equipment are your favorite? Do you look to be specialized in anything such as DI or patient monitoring?
  17. How many hospitals have you worked at as a BMET?
  18. Is it you, end users, or facilities?
  19. How involved are you in drug library updates for your pumps?
  20. What would consider essential tools for the job and for carrying up to most calls?
  21. What did you do for work prior to biomed?
  22. The HeartMate 3 Left Ventricular Assist System may allow blood to leak out or air to enter the system during implant of the LVAD device. View the full article
  23. Does your hospital generally call or do they put in service requests online?
  24. Yes, I’ve noticed this as well. Also noticed regular bench repairs and service calls taking longer to get dispatched with manufacturers. Seen a lot of companies showing layoffs recently
  25. Do you read your medical equipment management plan?
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