Continuing investment in advanced test technology is helping one of Spain’s leading biomedical device service companies start 2021 with a significant expansion of its operations.
Hermed Spain was established in 2017 and provides specialist assistance to hospitals and healthcare providers with the regulatory testing and management of their electromedical technology.
Already responsible for medical device service, maintenance and repair for Madrid City Council’s emergency ambulance service and in a number of private and public hospitals in Madrid, Barcelona and Zaragoza, from January 2021 Hermed has further extended its operations to include four more public hospitals in Madrid.
As a result of the new contract, the company’s team of biomedical service engineers and technicians has grown from 35 to 50 and all are equipped with the latest Rigel Medical test technology to help them undertake their compliance testing more effectively and time efficiently.
Given the wide variety of healthcare facilities and types of medical devices that come under Hermed’s supervision, Rigel provides the service teams with a full suite of specialist biomedical test analysers and patient simulators.
These include the Uni Sim vital signs simulator, the Uni Pulse 400 defibrillator tester, the Uni-Therm high current electrosurgical analyzer and the Rigel 288 Plus biomedical equipment safety tester.
This specialist range of equipment enables field engineers and hospital technicians to carry out their critical work to ensure that vital healthcare technology and patient connected medical equipment is properly maintained, checked for electrical safety and continues to perform accurately.
Dr Marta Villarejo, Director General of Hermed Spain, explains: “In supporting our clients our aim has been to develop a new service model for managing electromedical devices that combines value, safety and economic stability.
“To achieve this, working efficiently is essential and with so many different medical devices to inspect, test and maintain across different healthcare sites, ease of use and portability of test equipment are very important considerations for our engineers.
“In this respect, the versatility and compact, lightweight design of the Rigel units means they provide very mobile test solutions, allowing us to carry out very efficient testing schedules that help us to provide better standards of customer service.”
In addition to the practical benefits associated with carrying out important on-site inspections, Dr Villarejo also highlighted a number of technical features of individual Rigel products that are particularly useful in carrying out the compliance testing, overhaul and maintenance of devices.
Dr Villarejo said: “When testing electrosurgical generators, for example, our engineers find that the full colour screen displays and easy-to-follow connection diagrams provided on the Uni Therm are particularly useful in eliminating potential errors.
“Similarly, the Uni-Sim Vital Signs Simulator has proven itself to be a very practical tool. By bringing together NIBP, SpO2, ECG, temperature, IBP and respiratory functions in one piece of equipment, it greatly facilitates the field service activities by Hermed engineers, saving time and avoiding the need to carry several pieces of equipment.”
As well as supplying Hermed with specialist test equipment, Rigel also supports the company with a range of product support and user training programmes.
Sam Teta, Business Development Manager for Rigel, said: “By taking responsibility for the inspection, service and maintenance of specialist electromedical technology, Hermed enables healthcare providers to focus on patient services and we are delighted that this approach has been so successful for the company.
“We greatly value the relationship we have developed with the business and we are committed to supporting them in their future expansion plans with continuing advances and innovation in the Rigel range.”
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