Medical equipment calibration is performed for many reasons, but most importantly, it is performed to ensure the overall functionality of the equipment is accurate and reliable. Comparable to manufacturing equipment, medical equipment is prone to drifting and damage over time which impacts its performance. In order to retain medical equipment’s effectiveness, calibration needs to be completed on a regular basis. By doing so, the equipment will have minimal performance risks and reduced uncertainties. Accuracy of medical equipment is especially important because it effects the overall output, relating to both quality and profitability.
Notably, calibration of medical equipment is mandatory in order to receive certification and licenses from regulatory boards.
Nine times out of ten medical equipment will come with a manufacturer recommendation of when to calibrate the instrument. For example, many manufacturers recommended calibrating a pipette every 6 months depending upon usage. While these recommendations offer a great start for creating the right frequency, it is important to keep other factors.
Before/ after A large Project
Ensuring your instrument is performing accurate is extremely important before starting a big project. It is advised to have any medical equipment calibrated before use of any project, but especially those that require sharp precision. Keep in mind, equipment that has undergone any major project for an excessive period of time should also be calibrated. This is because frequent and heavy use cause performance and accuracy drifts.