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Biomed Instrum Technol. 1999 Mar-Apr;33(2):115-20.

Equipment management risk rating system based on engineering endpoints.

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  • 1North Memorial Health Care, Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA.


The equipment management risk ratings system outlined here offers two significant departures from current practice: risk classifications are based on intrinsic device risks, and the risk rating system is based on engineering endpoints. Intrinsic device risks are categorized as physical, clinical and technical, and these flow from the incoming equipment assessment process. Engineering risk management is based on verification of engineering endpoints such as clinical measurements or energy delivery. This practice eliminates the ambiguity associated with ranking risk in terms of physiologic and higher-level outcome endpoints such as no significant hazards, low significance, injury, or mortality.

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