An index to prioritize the preventive maintenance of medical equipment

  • L. Angelica Hernández-López
  • Ana B. Pimentel-Aguilar
  • Martha R. Ortiz-PosadasEmail author
Original Paper
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  1. CNIB 2018: Technologies for improving Health


We propose an index to prioritize preventive maintenance for medical equipment. Our index considers seven variables: type of equipment, equipment function, maintenance requirements, calibration, equipment age, equipment location, and equipment hazards. We developed a mathematical model using these variables, and its result is interpreted as an index of equipment maintenance priority. The numerical output of the index was classified into three categories: high, medium, and low priority. We proposed our index model to technical staff at the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the National Institute of Respiratory Diseases in Mexico as a protocol for scheduling appropriate preventive maintenance for medical equipment during the year. The index was tested in a sample of 16 different medical equipment. Our model provides a guide to define the priority and the number of preventive maintenance routines required for medical equipment per year.


Preventive maintenance prioritization Index to prioritize Management of medical equipment 



The authors of this paper want to acknowledge to the technical staff of the Biomedical Engineering Department of the National Institute of Respiratory Diseases from Mexico, for their priceless support for developing this work.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Angelica Hernández-López
    • 1
  • Ana B. Pimentel-Aguilar
    • 2
  • Martha R. Ortiz-Posadas
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Electrical Engineering DepartmentUniversidad Autonoma Metropolitana-IztapalapaMexico CityMexico
  2. 2.Biomedical Engineering DepartmentNational Institute of Respiratory DiseasesMexico CityMexico

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