BI&T January/February 2019
A multitude of factors must be accounted for when retiring medical devices, whether that means destroying them, keeping them for parts, donating them to education programs or relief agencies, trading in devices to the original equipment manufacturer for newer versions, or selling them to another party. Removing protected health information is a matter of major importance in the retirement of medical devices. Other areas of which to be mindful include ensuring equipment remains available for clinician use, protecting against cyberthreats, and disposing in an environmentally responsible way. Ultimately, taking a life cycle approach to technology management and retirement is necessary. Accountability and documentation are needed at every hand off.
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