Development of a Standard of Practice for Medical Device Preventive Maintenance in BC Hospitals


  • Martin Poulin Vancouver Island Health Authority
  • Anthony Y. Chan British Columbia Institute of Technology


This paper describes the process to establish a recommended minimum standard of practice for medical device preventive maintenance (PM) and performance assurance (PA) inspections in B.C. hospitals. This is a project embarked by the Clinical Engineering Committee of B.C. (CECBC) in 2003/04 to assist biomedical engineering departments to assess their medical device PM/PA requirements. A simple ranking system based on risk and utilization of each type of medical device was developed as a first level criterion to determine PM/PA requirements. Based on this ranking system, each hospital region then reviewed their list of medical devices and assigned their own ranking scores and PM/PA intervals. The scores and intervals were reviewed by the CECBC to arrive at a consensus of the minimum mandatory and recommended PM/PA interval for each of the common device types. The result for this exercise is included in this paper. In addition, a list of essential PM/PA procedures for each device type is being developed as part of this project.

Author Biographies

Martin Poulin, Vancouver Island Health Authority

M.Eng., P.Eng., Biomedical Engineering Departmen

Anthony Y. Chan, British Columbia Institute of Technology

 M.Eng., M.Sc., P.Eng., CCE,

Department of Biomedical Engineering Technology




How to Cite

M. Poulin and A. Y. Chan, “Development of a Standard of Practice for Medical Device Preventive Maintenance in BC Hospitals”, CMBES Proc., vol. 28, no. 1, Dec. 2005.



Clinical Engineering