Moving specialist equipment from one unit to another can help support a sudden, increased patient need for very specialist care. By moving equipment to where the patient is, we can avoid putting the patient through a transfer to another unit.
The reasons for “equipment loans” can include
- Flexing capacity at a site to avoid transferring patients out of that unit;
- Supporting planned infrastructure work (replacement of local generators) where an increase in the battery operated capability is required as a precautionary measure during the works;
- The loan of hardware equipment because of an interruption to the international supply chain of key consumables.
There have been examples of each of these loans taking place in the North West London Critical Care Network in the last 18 months.
Equipment loan form
The learning from these loans has informed the North West London Critical Care Network equipment loan form.
This form provides you with the principles of equipment care and a checklist to complete to help support safe practice. You can use a copy of form whenever you lend or borrow equipment.
This form is new and we would appreciate your feedback about the form.
Catherine Sands (Chelsea and Westminster), Julie Oxton (St Mary's, ICHT), Brian Dornan (Charing Cross, ICHT), Sohan Bissoonauth (The Hillingdon Hospital) and Heather Spurgeon (The Royal Marsden) Hospitals.