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New safety analyser addresses IEC 62353 requirements

Rigel Medical : 26 September, 2007  (New Product)
A new safety analyser is to be launched by Rigel Medical at this year’s Medica exhibition that has been specially designed to meet the requirements of the new IEC 62353 in service test standard for electromedical equipment.
The new Rigel 288 hand held safety analyser is designed to ensure the in-service safety of electromedical devices and systems in line with IEC 62353 ‘recurrent test and test after repair of medical electrical equipment’.

Although complementary to IEC 60601, the new standard is less complex and incorporates tests beyond those of type testing. As well as recognising that the laboratory conditions described in IEC 60601 may not always be relevant to working locations, one of the main differences of IEC 62353 is the permitted use of a minimum earthbond test current of 200mA instead of 25A in IEC 60601-1.

In terms of assessing leakage currents, the new standard also incorporates a number of different measurement methods to help guarantee safer practice and the repeatability of measurements.

The new Rigel 288 represents the next generation of biomedical electrical safety analysers and has been developed in line with IEC 62353 requirements as well as IEC 60601.

The ergonomically designed hand held safety tester combines innovative lightweight design and advance test technology with a range of special features including battery power, blue tooth connection for data transfer and a menu driven easy to operate user interface.

The Rigel 288 incorporates a low current earth bond test and provides automatic, semi-automatic or fully manual electrical safety testing of all electromedical equipment.

Preset or customised test programs can also be selected to enable users to comply with individual, local or international standards outside the scope of IEC 62353 and IEC 60601 to provide fast and efficient testing of medical equipment with up to 10 individual patient connections or applied parts.

The instrument’s internal memory can be used to store details of test results for transfer to a PC database, alongside user defined inspections and checks on such equipment as SpO2, NIBP, ECG and other electromedical equipment.

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