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The Importance of Training When It Comes to Medical Devices

The Importance of Training When It Comes to Medical Devices

As medical technology progresses at warp speed, machines and devices become increasingly user-friendly and autonomous. These devices often stand between the provider and patient and their overall outcome. Because of that, the importance of medical device training remains a top priority, regardless of advancements.

Life and Death Industry

The importance of medical device training is a matter of life and death. Most devices require the skills of a highly trained technician to operate them accurately. Initial and continued training can ensure smooth operation and enhance knowledge of updates and changes.

The turnover rate in the medical industry, specifically the hospital setting, is increasing rapidly. This means the team members trained on a specific set of devices six months to a year ago may not be the same team utilizing the devices currently. Because of this, continuous training is essential to ensure all team members are always equipped to operate each medical device.

The Benefits of Training

A training program that is both engaging and well-designed increases the manufacturer's ability to assess equipment and devices to ensure safety and effectiveness. Furthermore, adequate and thorough training can improve the outcomes on any usability tests and dictate if the product is subject to mistakes that can be harmful to a patient's outcome.

Essential Training Steps To Cover

Prior to offering a program, there are several things to cover to ensure the usability of the devices and the outcomes of the patients.

  • Tailor the experience to the background of the trainees.
  • Make accommodations for the number of trainees in attendance.
  • Explore all possibilities like routines, troubleshooting, maintenance, and critical tasks.
  • Provide a hands-on approach with adequate time to absorb the information.
  • Introduce the training program in manageable segments.
  • Encourage the use of all available resources.
  • Provide a competency assessment to all trainees.

For all BD infusion pumps and components, reach out to Med One Group today. Our industry-leading experts can answer questions and provide professional training and implementation. Proper and thorough medical device training is the difference in life and death situations.