Lost or stolen medical equipment costs the healthcare industry millions of dollars every year. In fact, officials at an Indianapolis medical center say more than $1 million in medical equipment has disappeared from their facility.
Medical equipment theft impacts everyone. Not only does it lower profit margins and raise supply costs for healthcare institutions, but it also can impact future patients who need immediate access to those resources.
Because of the severe consequences of theft, medical center professionals must take the proper precautions when securing their equipment. Here are three solutions that can help your hospital protect its resources.
Controlling who has access to what resources is the first step to securing medical equipment. Whether equipment is stored in cabinets or operating rooms, access control technology limits accessibility to only authorized individuals.
With access control, you’re able to restrict areas of your institution with customized credentials, including:
- Biometric readers.
- Intercom systems.
- Key access cards.
- Photo identification.
- Swipe readers.
With proper installation, medical facilities can gain control over who is entering and/or leaving specific areas for improved medical equipment security.
Strategically placed surveillance cameras can improve overall security and enhance expensive medical equipment’s visibility. Consider using multiple cameras and a central monitoring system so your security staff can remotely monitor different views of your storage rooms via desktop, tablet or smartphone.
However, due to privacy concerns, there may be places where cameras cannot be installed. Before implementing surveillance cameras at your healthcare facility, understand the legal considerations and liabilities.
Monitored Alarms and Detectors
Medical institutions can be busy places and sometimes security practices can get lost in the rush. Monitored alarm systems and various detectors let you identify security risks—including unauthorized access to medical equipment.
Some different types of monitored alarms or detectors, include:
- Environmental hazard monitors: Detect smoke, carbon monoxide and flooding.
- Intrusion alarms: Around-the-clock monitoring ensures appropriate authorities are notified if a break-in occurs.
- Motion sensors: Instantly detect if someone has accessed or entered a restricted area, such as your medical supply storage closet.
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