In early November, on the Biomedtalk Listserv, a biomed said it had been recommended to his facility, in preparation for ISO 9001 implementation, to use stickers on a device to let clinicians and other staff know “equipment status” availability. His question to other BMETs and CEs—that asked what they do in place of using a sticker—sparked numerous responses. In addition to opinions about why or why not to sticker, the responses raised contamination issues as well as ethical and laziness issues.

Apart from these, responses suggested stickers made it easier to identify devices needing PM. In the end, the ultimate goal of the question was to find out if there were any processes in place as an alternative to using stickers.

If you didn’t share your suggestions on Biomedtalk, and even if you did, what alternatives exist that fulfill the same goal of stickers on devices?