Challenges of radiological equipment management policies in some northern Nigerian hospitals

Ernest Usang Ekpo, Nneoyi Onen Egbe, Samuel Okon Inyang, William Egbe Azogor, Ernest Ruto Upeh

Abstract


Background: The availability and use of medical imaging equipment is undoubtedly on the increase which means wear and tear is expected by the users.

Objective: To outline the challenges of medical imaging equipment operational policies for efficient radiodiagnosis in nine northern Nigeria hospitals.

Materials and methods: Sixty five (65) questionnaires were administered to radiographers and equipment engineers; interviews were conducted; and data obtained from log books.

Results: Result showed that only two out of the nine hospitals had a full typical radiology department. The chief executive officers/hospital administrators carry out all radiological equipment procurement and are oblivious to the need of professional input. Out of the 61 imaging equipment installed in the area 51 (84%) were functional at the time of survey while 10 (16%) had broken down. In terms of downtime 81% of minor faults lasted for between 48 to 72 hours; 9% lasted for 24 hours. Major faults lasted for up to two months. Only one of the nine hospitals (11%) implements planned patterns of inventory documentation, including clinical risk assessment.

Conclusion: Reduction in the downtime of imaging equipment; utilization of a medical equipment maintenance plan; use of high caliber professionals for quality assurance in establishing prompt service delivery as well as enhanced efficiency and effectiveness in all radiological processes should significantly improve equipment lifespan.


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The South African Radiographer | ISSN 0258 0241

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