Many times, when a facility gets a new or refurbished linear accelerator, they are replacing an older piece of equipment that needs to be removed. If you have ever worked with a LINAC you can only imagine how difficult the removal process can be. Not only is it a large piece of machinery you are dealing with the removal of a highly sophisticated machine that is quite expensive. On top of all of that it is important to remember you are working with in a medical facility that is busy treating patients. Removing a linear accelerator, CT scanner, or any other large scaled machinery is not a simple task by any means.
Through careful planning, companies like Acceletronics can minimize the hassle when removing and installing linear accelerators. Our team of experts specialize in the removal of linear accelerators. Our staff with guide you throughout the process to ensure your facility continues to run as expected and that the disruption to patient care is minimal.
First things first, safety is the top priority! Not only do we want to keep our employees safe, we are continually improving safety techniques to ensure safety for all. Here are some of the ways that we work to establish a safe environment when removing large scaled medical equipment like linear accelerators.
- Areas that will be accessed in removal of the
linear accelerator are all blocked off.
This includes areas of the medical facility, parking areas, and side
streets when necessary.
- Accurate measurements are taken to prevent any
emergency vault door removal. Removing
the vault doors poses a risk to personnel and patients within the
facility. Measuring, planning, and
careful execution prevents this risk.
- Water, lock and tag power is all shut off to the
treatment room where your linear accelerator is location. This prevents injury to the rigging
team. These tasks are completed by
facility personnel who are familiar with the utility systems and helps to
prevent dangerous mistakes that can happen when individuals unfamiliar to the
location are tasked to complete utility shut down.
- A plan is always in place for the handling of
any materials deemed hazardous.
Many times, relocation of linear accelerators can occur on weekends or after hours which will help to eliminate any disruptions that may occur. It is important to work with companies that adhere to health protocols of your facility when working with you. The goal is to minimize risk to patients while ensuring quality patient care.
Budgeting is another area that the professionals at Acceletronics work with clients. Purchase and removal of LINAC systems is not inexpensive by any means. In order to help mitigate the costs and ensure you are not spending more than you need to when removing a linear accelerator, we offer you tips.
- Planning and transparency is needed from the beginning to the end of the equipment removal process. In order to prevent confusion, errors in communication, or logistic issues that can increase costs it is crucial to have everyone working on the project in the know. Every detail, every change, and every hurdle needs to be thoroughly addressed with each and every person involved in the process. This will save you money. Preventing errors with detailed planning and complete transparency will keep expenditures within the quoted allotment.
- When planning the time when the equipment will be removed choose a period that will cause the least amount of disruption to the operations of your facility. Although it may cost a bit more to have the removal take place on the weekends or a holiday it is less costly then a disruption to patient care.
- Often companies can get credit for machines that are still in operational condition. Credit for working parts can decrease the cost of removal. The savings that is passed on to you will be determined by the year of the LINAC, the make, model, and condition.
Finally, the execution of removing the systems comes into
play. After some major pre-planning and
all of the pieces of the puzzle working to complete a whole picture the removal
process can occur.
As previously mentioned, accurate measurements are a key
element is removal. Costly errors occur
when measuring is not precise. Before we arrive on site, facilities will give
us a complete rig info sheet. This will
ensure that there are zero surprises when moving the LINAC through doorways.
It is also important that a pathway clear of obstruction is obtained when removing a linear accelerator. Facilities should plan for the removal of furniture and unnecessary items in order to create a barrier free exit.
After the machine is removed it needs to be
transported. It is important that a
loading area is prepared to allow for this to easily occur. Most often a semi is needed. To ensure the semi has access to the loading
area it is crucial that the area is sectioned off and that the exit is kept
clear. The smoother this process goes
the less it will cost your facility.
If you have any accessories or additional equipment that
needs to be removed it is important to plan ahead. It is less expensive to remove the main piece
of equipment and accessories all at one time instead of completing the removal
in multiple steps. The more steps
involved in the process the more costly it tends to be. Accommodating removal of everything in one
day is the least expensive way in which to execute medical equipment removal.
Once the room is clear of the LINAC and depending on your plan, the next steps can start to unfold. There are many factors involved in coordinating the removal of a linear accelerator. It is important to hire the right team to achieve your vision, and we think the professionals at Acceletronics can help! We have years of experience in the removal and installation of new and refurbished linear accelerators. Our team specializes in CT scanners and linear accelerators and would be delighted to partner with you in purchasing, removal, installation, servicing, and more.
As an independent LINAC service company, Acceletronics is
dedicated to delivering the best equipment performance and services for linear
accelerators and CT scanners across all major brands and models, as well as new
and refurbished LINAC systems for sale. More
information can be found online at https://www.acceletronics.com/.