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J Biomed Phys Eng. 2017 Dec 1;7(4):397-402. eCollection 2017 Dec.

A Study on Performance and Safety Tests of Defibrillator Equipment.

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Department of Biomedical Engineering, Standard Research Institiute, Karaj, Iran.
Department of Medical Physics, School of Medicine, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.
Ionizing and Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection Research Center, Paramedical Sciences School, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.
Department of Electrical Engineering, Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST), Tehran, Iran.



Nowadays, more than 10,000 different types of medical devices can be found in hospitals. This way, medical electrical equipment is being employed in a wide variety of fields in medical sciences with different physiological effects and measurements. Hospitals and medical centers must ensure that their critical medical devices are safe, accurate, reliable and operational at the required level of performance. Defibrillators are critical resuscitation devices. The use of reliable defibirillators has led to more effective treatments and improved patient safety through better control and management of complications during Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

Materials and Methods:

The metrological reliability of twenty frequent use, manual defibrillators in use ten hospitals (4 private and 6 public) in one of the provinces of Iran according to international and national standards was evaluated.


Quantitative analysis of control and instrument accuracy showed the amount of the obtained results in many units are critical which had less value over the standard limitations especially in devices with poor battery. For the accuracy of delivered energy analysis, only twelve units delivered acceptable output values and the precision in the output energy measurements especialy in weak battry condition, after activation of discharge alarm, were low.


Obtained results indicate a need for new and severe regulations on periodic performance verifications and medical equipment quality control program especially for high risk instruments. It is also necessary to provide training courses on the fundumentals of operation and performane parameters for medical staff in the field of meterology in medicine and how one can get good accuracy results especially in high risk medical devices.


Defebrillator ; Electroshock ; Medical Electrical Equipment; Patient Safety ; Reliability ; Meterology


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