Where equipment is used, it is safe, available, comfortable and suitable for people’s needs.

Outcome in plain English

Follow this good practice to cover everything in this section

11A Adequate Equipment:-
Ensure the following

  • You have a sufficient supply of equipment
  • It is  safe
  • It is suitable
  • It is correctly installed, properly maintained and stored safely

11B Using the equipment on patients

  • Consult the patient about what equipment and how it will be used
  • Explain why you are using it
  • Ensure their safety during use
  • Ensure their privacy and dignity during us

11C Procedures you need to have

  • Carry out patient safety risk assessments on equipment being used and address these risks
  • Staff must know what to do if patient refuses to allow equipment to be used
  • Have adverse event reporting systems in place
  • If equipment used by patient themselves, train patients properly
  • Consult patients representatives to ensure best interest
  • Account for emergencies such as power, gas, water supply failures

11D Medical devices

  • Make sure guidance on usage is in place
  • Make sure you follow manufacturers professional body alerts

11E Follow all guidance and best practice

11F Safety and usage of medical devices

  • Don't reuse single use devices
  • Don't modify devices except in accordance with manufacturers instructions
  • Make sure the devices pass legal requirements
  • Devices are available when required
  • Instructions for usage is enclosed by manufacturer
  • Device is permanently installed where required
  • Only used by staff who know how to use it
  • Check it is working as it should when you are using it
  • Maintained properly
  • Kept in good repair by competent persons
  • Properly disposed of

11G If device used by patient in their home, deal promptly with any safety issues you become aware of

11H Resuscitation equipment is readily available and is tamper proof


What the BMA says

Your practice is likely to be compliant if your practice does the following:

  1. Ensures it has sufficient equipment for carrying out regulated activities that:

    •    is safe and suitable to use. We suggest that you have a system in place to ensure regular and appropriate inspection, calibration, maintenance and replacement of equipment including a named maintenance lead, a maintenance record, pre-planned schedules and a procedure for reporting faults; [You may wish to refer to the Health and Safety Executive’s Maintaining portable electrical equipment in offices and other low risk environments guidance.]

    •    is installed, used, cleaned/decontaminated and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, legislation and guidance from expert bodies;
    •    is stored safely and securely to reduce risks and prevent theft.

  2. Addresses any concerns about the safety of equipment being used in a timely manner.
  3. Conducts risk assessments of equipment and acts appropriately when risks are identified
  4. Ensures that all staff using equipment have had adequate training and know what to do if a patient refuses to allow the use of equipment

Your practice has the following:

  1. A business continuity plan such as that produced by NHS Connecting for Health.
  2. Equipment required for medical emergencies available and accessible on the premises, and in tamper proof packaging.
  3. A procedure for the dissemination of and acting on medical device alerts and national guidance as appropriate to the primary care setting and regulated activities provided

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