We require the following information about blood pressure monitors from your institution.
1. Total number of all types of blood pressure monitors in your institution (e.g. 1000 blood pressure monitors overall) 486
2. Can you please list all the types of blood pressure monitors and its quantities (e.g. NIBP – x20, SpO2 – x20), all brands (e.g. Omron – x20, Criticare – x20, Datascope – x20), and all models and its quanitites (e.g. Criticare 506DXN – x10, Criticare 507DXN – x10, Datascope Accutorr + x20). We would like to ask you kindly if you can state this information in a separate spreadsheet document. Please find spreadsheet below
3. In which departments do you use blood pressure monitors? (e.g. 20 Omron in wards, 20 Criticare in ITU, 20 Datascope in outpatient surgery). Please find spreadsheet above under Q2.
4. Types of devices acquired in period of 2014 – 2016 (e.g. 100 Omron monitors in 2014, 150 Criticare monitors in 2015.) Please find spreadsheet above under Q2.
5. Minimum and maximum price of blood pressure monitors. If you can not get this information / it is too costly, please give us an average price of a single blood pressure monitor. Basic device £60, Ward level Obs. device £750.00, Complex Vital Signs Monitor £4000 +
6. Please provide a full contract with supplier of blood pressure equipment. This information is being withheld on the basis of the exemption contained within section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act (Commercial Interests). The Trust accepts that there is a public interest in how public money is spent; however there is also a need to withhold information that would prejudice the commercial interests of the Trust and/or third parties regarding all these contracts.
7. Which quality tests or quality standards a blood pressure device must pass in order for you to consider it as a good quality blood pressure monitor (e.g. CE Marked) CE marking, Medical Devices Directive 93/42/EEC & Annex IX, Manufacturers Management System (eg ISO 9001 & IS 13485), Validation to British Hypertension Society protocols (http://bhsoc.org/bp-monitors/bp-monitors/for-clinical-use/)
8. Can you please provide regulations and guidelines that your institution follow (we would like to know about national, local and your own guidelines + regulations (if it also possible can you please attach medical device management action card + medical equipment pre-registration form) Please find below
9. What creates extra costs for the usage of monitors on a yearly basis? Please break it down in terms of types. (e.g. cuffs = £2.000, hoses = £3.000, maintenance = £5.500) Loss or damage to accessories (SpO2 probes, cuffs & hoses etc) approx. £11,000.00 in FY2015
10. Do you provide maintenance in-house or out? Maintenance is ‘in-house’ for Ward level & Non intensive areas. ICU & Theatres maintenance is 3rd Party
11. Approximate cost of maintenance a single blood pressure monitor per year Approximately £75.00 + parts (value dependant on model)
12. How do you provide training to medical staff when a new blood pressure monitor is introduced in your hospital? (e.g. manual handbook, training sessions from suppliers) User training is usually provided by the manufacturer / supplier, Instructions for use are supplied, following commissioning.
13. How the supply chain is established in your organisation when you order new blood pressure monitors? (e.g. supplier delivers the products, currier or take out?) Supply chain is via procurement department.
14. Do you provide feedback to your suppliers? If “yes” how? (e.g. emailing, calling, submitting a form) Feedback to suppliers may be verbal (telephone/meeting) or email (feedback form) – dependent on supplier.
15. What is the average useful life of a single blood pressure monitor? Average useful life – 7 to 10 years.