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Medical device testing equipment for Israeli hospital

Rigel Medical : 21 March, 2014  (Application Story)
Large private medical facility in Israel chooses advanced testing and analysis equipment for biomedical device calibration
Medical device testing equipment for Israeli hospital

One of the largest hospitals in Israel has specified Rigel Medical’s range of advanced testers and analysers to improve the testing and calibration of biomedical devices.

The move by the private Herzliya Medical Centre (HMC) has simplified testing procedures as part of an in-service planned preventative maintenance programme overseen by the Biomedical Department.

This has led to improvements in the speed and ease by which electrosurgical units (ESU), vital signs monitors, infusion devices and defibrillators among other items of medical equipment are maintained and checked for electrical safety and performance accuracy.

HMC is a private hospital located north of Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean coast. It was the first facility of its kind in Israel to undertake complex operations including heart surgery, neurosurgery, and endoscopic procedures as well as leading the way in the development of CT scanning technology, catheterization facilities, a cytogenetic laboratory and an ICU.

The Rigel 288 automated safety analyser, electrosurgical generator calibrator Uni-Therm, Uni-Pulse defibrillator analyser, Multi-Flo infusion pump analyser and combination vital sign simulator UNI-SIM are among the Rigel Medical products the hospital’s started to uses and help to improve compliance with appropriate standards including IEC 62353 IEC/EN60601-1, VDE 0751-1, AS/NZS 3551, AAMI, NFPA-99, MDA DB 9801-2006.

Director of the Biomedical Department and engineer Tamim Jaber said that turning to Rigel Medical met the HMC’s ‘real life biomedical’ requirements, providing the first opportunity to bring all aspects of biomedical testing within a single software solution (Rigel’s Med-eBase) and to generate reports and certificates for all devices under test.

He cites one example of how impressed he was by Rigel’s technology. “We set-up a customised auto-test sequence using the Rigel Uni-Therm to check an ESU and ran through all the manufacturer’s recommended tests in under 10 minutes.

“This was significantly quicker and easier than it had been when using previous biomed test equipment supplied from various different manufacturers.”

Using the Rigel 288 has also made IEC 62353 testing far less complicated and much easier, said Tamim Jaber.

“The user-friendly screen on the 288 displays a very simple step-by-step test diagram which is very easy to understand and follow to check measurements such as earth bond and applied parts leakage,” he said.

“Another benefit is the ability to enter comments using the integrated keyboard after testing is complete and print off customised check labels.”

The incorporation of Bluetooth connectivity also makes it quick and easy to download test results and data to Med-eBase, the easy-to-use Rigel Medical asset management software software. This enables the Biomedical Department to store and manage test results, email html test certificates and schedule new work orders and maintenance or upload further data to such as the EUT Asset details and global sequences to the testers.

Tamim Jaber added that the technical support and advice available from Rigel Medical and its local distributor MedLife was also an important factor in deciding to opt for its products.

The Rigel 288 reduces downtime between tests, making the instrument practical and highly portable for multi-site use while the Multi-Flo heads a range of advanced performance analysers, electrical safety analysers and vital signs simulators. Meeting all the requirements of IEC 60601-2-24, Multi-Flo leads the way in high and low flow, occlusion, back pressure and bolus measurement and features variants of one, two and four independent channels.

The Uni-Therm, the easiest way to test all leading electrosurgical devices, the compact UNI-PULSE defibrillator analyser and UNI-SIM, which is capable of undertaking six synchronised vital signs parameter tests simultaneously all form part of a comprehensive range of high performance specialist biomedical test equipment supplied by Rigel Medical, part of the Seaward Group. Rigel Medical is based at Bracken Hill, South West Industrial Estate, Peterlee, County Durham, SR8 2SW.

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