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Medical equipment; operation efficiency; availability; efficiency indicator.


The problem of operational efficiency assessment of purchased medical equipment is becoming critical, due to increasing public spending on medical devices. It has been shown that a significant amount of medical equipment is not in an operable state, for many different reasons. Commonly used complex operational efficiency indicators take the standby and down states of medical equipment into account together, as they do not have the potential to provide separate analyses of the efficiency of medical device management at healthcare facilities. Thus, the goal of this study was to identify and describe indicators for a more detailed assessment of operational ef ficiency of medical equipment in terms of different causes of the standby state. Systematization of causes of the standby state was implemented based on the performance data of different types of medical equipment. Managerial availability was developed as a measure of the operational efficiency of medical equipment, based on separating the standby state from the down state. Additional operational efficiency indicators found on components of standby time of medical equipment were suggested. The proposed indicators were calculated for some types of medical equipment as examples of its application. Proposed managerial availability levels and corresponding thresholds were suggested.


Acta Mechanica Slovaca. Volume 17, Issue 3, Pages 43 – 48, ISSN 1335-2393


  Availability as an Operational Efficiency Indicator of Medical Equipment


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