A clinical engineer in the Southern Region of the US has some concerns about older equipment and needs your help. Although the question below has a specific focus, I find it especially relevant due to the present economics and tight budgets everyone faces today. How do you handle this?

“I understand that all hospitals have older equipment of some sort, but where do you draw the line? If a monitor is 25 to 30 years old and out of service, do you keep it until failure, or push for new equipment? How do you push for new equipment when it seems that you are the only person that seems to care that it is past its useful lifespan?”

Looking forward to your comments.


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