Investment in advanced medical device testing technology from Rigel Medical is reaping benefits at one of Israel’s private hospitals.
The 110-bed Herzliya Medical Center has been using the Rigel Uni-Therm electrosurgical analyzer for several years as part of a suite of equipment to undertake comprehensive testing and calibration of approximately 70 items of operating rooms and outpatient clinics radio frequency generators.
He estimates that the time taken to complete these procedures has been cut by an estimated 40% using the Uni-Therm when compared to the biomed test equipment the hospital previously used.
He said: “Uni-Therm continues to contribute to raising test standards and delivering operational efficiencies. It has improved the ease by which our generators can be checked for electrical safety then a performance accuracy while the ability to produce one report covering all test procedures is extremely beneficial, saving even more time and effort.
“We can customise our auto-test sequences using the analyzer and can run through all the manufacturer’s recommended tests in under 10 minutes. This is significantly quicker and easier when compared to the biomed test equipment we used to use before turning to Rigel.”
Using the analyzer makes IEC 60601-2-2 testing less complicated and easier at the hospital. “The user-friendly screen on the unit provides step-by-step connection instructions and simple analysis data, which can be interpreted quickly to check the equipment under test is working properly,”
Tameem Jaber added that the ability to enter quickly the medical device manufacturer’s own test specific programs and print off customised check labels is also beneficial. “The Uni-Therm analyzer was designed more specific to biomedical testing environment in addition to the ability to test and calibrate RF generators of wide manufactures using a special test cables or custom made for example for testing MITEK VAPR VUE (JNJ) or MALIS CODMAN CMC-V or GEN11 ENSEAL Harmonic Scalpel,” he said.
The Uni-Therm features onboard memory, test automation, comprehensive data management capabilities and a wide range of in-built resistors. USB technology improves connectivity to other equipment for the rapid downloading of test data and the uploading of the electrosurgical device’s power curves as well as test specific programs. Output waveforms can be examined through a built-in scope output, which allows for easy confirmation of the desired waveform shape.