DefibQualitative Measure

Defibrillator Qualitative Measure


Qualitative Measures (QuM) is data that does not involve numbers or math. Its the quality of something, words, or descriptions (adjectives). Biomeds make observations using our 5 senses (see, taste, touch, hear, smell ...when it is safe). QuM does not use actual test equipment or tools to perform measurements since numerical numbers are not required. Technicians can use prior experience which is a plus.

Defibrillator QuM examples include but are not limited to:

  • damaged chassis or housing mount
  • cut in power cord
  • broken AC plug
  • blown fuse
  • circuit breaker makes poping sound
  • groove or pits in defibrillator paddles
  • bent pins on connectors
  • loose control knob
  • dried up gel pad or electrodes
  • no heart rate alarms
  • recorder/printer will not print on paper
  • battery or transformer is hot to the touch
  • burnt smell coming from case

QuM is performed and documented during all routine PMs and all calibrations/verification's for every medical device. Armed with both research methods [i.e. Qualitative and Quantitative], you are well on your way to making highly effective and well documented evidence-based maintenance decisions, PMs, Calibrations, and repairs





Qualitative vs. Quantitative Data

Qualitative vs. Quantitative Data