With over 30 years of experience we have witnessed and proven the truth of Benjamin Franklin’s statement: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”
People often ask us here at Sierra BioMedical if spending the time and money on Preventative Maintenance is truly worth the cost. It’s an important question to consider, and one that has a clear answer. First, here is a list of factors to consider:
Equipment maintenance is a key to:
- Having equipment that serves your doctors and employees by yielding correct and consistent results
- Ensuring that safety and quality standards are adhered to
- Practically demonstrating to your employees and clients your commitment to “best practice” standards
Additionally, these two important factors that are clearly related directly to cost savings:
- Extending the useful life of your equipment
- Minimizing emergency equipment failures
Let’s consider these two factors. The longer you can extend the life of your equipment, the more money you will save in the long term because the cost of new equipment can often be sizable. Based on our experience in the industry, our customers who properly maintain equipment can add many years to their equipment useability.
Secondly, emergency repairs have a way of becoming more expensive than predicted. For example, will you have to reschedule patient appointments or lose working hours in your lab or facility? Usually there will be higher price for same day or next day service requests.
A Customized Preventative Maintenance Program should address the following questions:
- How durable is your equipment? And how often do you use your equipment? If you are a busy practice you may be wearing your equipment out faster than you realize.
- Do you use some equipment more than others? If you are highly reliant on certain pieces of equipment it is important that they receive ongoing maintenance.
- What equipment has wear and tear parts that likely need to be replaced regularly to prevent break down?
- What warranty is available to backup the service that is provided? Is loaner equipment available?Your plan must take these factors into account in addressing your needs in the most cost-effective manner.