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Downtime

Downtime

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Downtime is the amount of time that a device is not available or up-and-running for clinical use. This time includes the need to perform activities such as Safety Inspection, Preventive Maintenance, and Repair. Downtime is represented in hours (time) or as a percentage (%). A typical period is based on when a device is scheduled to be available for clinical use or when a contract’s terms specify that a device will be available (up-and-running again). For example, the period might be 8 hours a day for 365 days a year, or 8 hours a day, 5 days a week for 52 weeks a year. The downtime period must be stated in the contract when negotiating terms of the contract. [1]

Additionally, downtime is a high priority when a facility has a single or a few devices of a high-demand (such as a single imaging system, computed tomography or MRI scanner). Always keep the local safety committee informed about an extended period of downtime as it usually costs the organization more money in cost of patient cancellations versus having the device quickly repaired.

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  1. UMTSN ECRI Institute, Universal Technology Services Nomenclature Terms and Definitions, 2007, www.ecri.org
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