AAMI Survey Cites Infusion Pump Maintenance among Top 10 Medical Device Challenges

December 28, 2012

December 28, 2012

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) has released the results of a recently completed survey that identified the top challenges facing Healthcare Technology Management (HTM) professionals. 

The survey identified the management of medical devices and systems on information technology networks as their biggest challenge while the medical devices brought in by patients posed as the least challenge. The survey also named Infusion pump system maintenance as one of the top challenges facing HTM professionals.

The Top 10 Medical Device Challenges are as follows:

1. Managing devices and systems on the IT network (72%)
2. Integrating device data into electronic health records (65%)
3. Broken connectors (50%)
4. Battery management (50%)
5. Alarm management (49%)
6. Maintenance of infusion pump systems (48%)
7. Cybersecurity of medical devices and systems (47%)
8. Setting preventive maintenance strategies (44%)
9. Medical device incident reporting and investigations (42%)
10. Medical devices brought in by patients (42%)

HTM professionals in over 1,000  U.S. hospitals were surveyed for the study. The respondents were asked to rank the significance of 18 device-related challenges to their respective facilities.

“This annual survey commissioned by AAMI is incredibly helpful in validating and prioritizing the major challenges facing the HTM field,” said Steve Campbell, AAMI’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer.

With the continued development of more advanced infusion pump systems, it is critical for these medical devices to provide efficient medication delivery, as well as patient safety. To achieve these goals, healthcare facilities should only use high-quality and properly-serviced infusion pumps.

AIV offers replacement parts and repair services for most leading infusion pumps. To learn more about AIV’s infusion pump parts and services, go to www.aiv-inc.com/iv-infusion-pump-replacement-parts.html.

About the Author

Laura Collier

Laura Collier

Laura Collier has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Florida. She is the Marketing Manager at AIV, Inc.

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