C-arm is short for mobile C-arm X-ray machine, which is widely used in operating theatres for its convenience and safety.
As the regulatory authorities are becoming more and more strict in checking the service life of medical devices, the issue of service life of C-arms has become more and more attention-grabbing.
According to the Guiding Principles for Technical Review of Active Medical Device Useful Life Registration, the useful life of a medical device refers to the period of time during which the applicant/registrant of a medical device registration can ensure the safe and effective use of the product through risk management, and the product is able to maintain its scope of application within the period of time.
In actual use, the service life of the C-arm is also related to the environment in which the product is used, the analysis of the expected service life of the product before it is used on the market, and other factors in the process of monitoring and using the product after it is marketed. During the use of the product, repair, maintenance and care of the product is necessary.
How can I extend the life of my C-arm equipment? It is suggested that hospitals can start from the following aspects:
Firstly, hospitals should monitor the life cycle of each C-arm in strict accordance with national regulations and establish corresponding files to update the equipment in a timely manner to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the C-arm.
Secondly, for old C-arm equipment, maintenance and repair should be carried out as much as possible, so that the C-arms can achieve longer-term and more efficient use. At the same time, it is also important to actively look for the possibility of upgrading C-arms, which can be achieved through co-operation with equipment manufacturers and technical research and development.
Thirdly, hospitals should strengthen the training and management of personnel using C-arm machines, detail operating procedures and maintenance standards, and ensure that professionals have the appropriate skills and certificates for C-arms in order to improve the safety and efficiency of the equipment.
Finally, it is worth emphasising that hospitals should also pay attention to the quality control capabilities of C-arm equipment manufacturers at the beginning of C-arm procurement. Product quality is the basis for the survival of the enterprise, as one of the medical X-ray equipment industry standard-setting units, Perlove Medical with the attitude of excellence in strict control of product quality, and for this purpose specifically set up four professional laboratories, including the EMC laboratory, environmental laboratory, vibration and collision laboratory, product lifecycle laboratory, and together to create the perlove brand of medical imaging equipment. All of these are the basis for the durable quality of perlove brand medical imaging equipment.