The upcoming Standards Week from the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) will mark the start of an effort to draft a recommended practice for health care technology management (HTM) professionals.

During Standards Week, which runs December 3 to December 7 in Daytona Beach, Fla, more than 15 committees and working groups will convene and discuss new standards for infusion pumps, catheters, and other devices. Most of the meetings will be open to the public, who are encouraged to attend and learn how standards are developed.

HTM departments and service companies have historically set a device’s preventive maintenance frequency or schedule. The problem arises when the procedures used to determine that frequency vary from facility to facility, “and are not based on outside evidence or collaboration,” according to a proposal to create the document. “This has caused a variation about what is actually being done to verify these devices and systems are functioning properly and safely.”

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