Many medical devices in the UK are incorrectly tested using PAT testing equipment. This means that the standards for testing of medical equipment are not being adhered to making this equipment potentially unsafe for use. Here we will provide information for those responsible for or carrying out testing on medical equipment to ensure they are meeting the correct standards.
Facilities including care homes, doctors surgery’s, hospices, veterinary surgeries, home care, dentists, gyms, even shopping centres & workplaces use a variety of electrical equipment that must be tested to a medical standard. The equipment ranges from specialist medical, laboratory and IT equipment to ordinary domestic appliances. Any electrical equipment used during or in the vicinity of the treatment, monitoring or diagnosis of a patient is classed as a medical electronic device. For example: beds, operating tables, infusion pumps, hoists, CPAPs, suction pumps, dentist chairs, heart rate monitor’s and also scales.
Medical devices are classified in 2 ways. Firstly on the power supply side as class 1 (earthed) or class 2 (double insulated). Secondly on the patient protection side as B (body), BF (body floating) or CF (cardiac floating). The below symbols are used to represent these connection types.
All medical devices are required to be labelled with the appropriate symbol(s) to identify their classification.
The medical standards adhered to in the UK are IEC 60601, IEC 62353 & IEC 61010. IEC 60601 is a manufacturer's test type and has been adapted for routine testing of medical equipment. These are the tests required:
IEC 62353 defines the requirements for electrical safety testing of medical electrical (ME) equipment and systems during routine intervals. This includes:
IEC 61010 is the standard for testing lab equipment. This includes:
Standard PAT testers are not suitable for testing medical or laboratory equipment due to the following reasons:
As well as the above reasons there are many benefits of using the SafeTest 60:
* items without applied parts only
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