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Medical Equipment - Initial Check

What is the requirement for safety, operational and functional checks to be performed on equipment?

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Prior to initial use and following any major repair or upgrade to a fixed or portable medical device an electrical safety test is performed in accordance with NFPA 99 -2012: 10.3 Testing Requirements. Additionally, an operational or functional test is performed to ensure that the device performs as per manufacturer specifications, in accordance with test procedures in the manufacturer's instructions for use.

Any equipment transported between sites should be tested to ensure that the device the electrical safety and proper operation has not been compromised while in transit. 

NFPA 99 -2012: Chapter 10 Electrical Equipment
Manual: Nursing Care Center
Chapter: Environment of Care EC
First published date: April 11, 2016 This Standards FAQ was first published on this date.
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