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LOPEZ-ISAZA, Giovanni A.  and  LLAMOSA-RINCON, Luis E.. Determining biomedical equipment calibration in health care Institutions in the Risaralda Department of Colombia. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2008, vol.10, n.3, pp. 462-469. ISSN 0124-0064.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0124-00642008000300011.

Objective Determining quality features related to tracking biomedical equipment calibration patterns and their electrical safety as implemented by Health Care Institutions in the Risaralda department. Methods This was a descriptive study using non-probabilistic sampling and the criterion of a greater equipment inventory and service demand for Clinics, Aesthetic, Radiology and Dentistry Centres and Hospitals. Census; the instrument was applied to 32 health-care institutions distributed throughout the Risaralda department’s 14 municipalities between September 2005 and January 2006. Results Hospitals was the category having a highest number of electro-medical equipment (56 %). Pereira (the capital of Risaralda) had 81 % of all electro-medical equipment. All the institutions lacked NTC-ISO-IEC-17025 accreditation regarding standards certified by the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce. None of the institutions externally contracted by the institutions being surveyed was accredited. Conclusions There is a public health risk in the Risaralda department; all health-care institutions lacked NTC-ISO-IEC-17025 accreditation and external institutions (in turn being hired by them for calibrating their equipment) also lacked accreditation. Based on the information obtained from non-calibrated equipment having international patterns, there is a great danger that determining the quality of biomedical equipment calibration patterns may be erroneous. It also places health-care institutions at a competitive disadvantage when compared to other accredited institutions in Colombia or in other countries.

Keywords : Equipment safety; calibration; organizational innovation.

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