18 August, 2010 | maintenance & installation

The Global Oncology Health Network has been in the business of de-installing all imaging modalities of medial equipment, for the past fifteen years. Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners, Linear Accelerators, Simulators and Rad rooms.

In 1996 I began my journey in the De-installation, crating and transportation service. We have been servicing clients nationally and internationally. Working with clinics like St Louis University Hospital, Tenet, HMA, Clarian Health, The Doctors Hospital Nationally, to name a few. In addition, internationally servicing clients in China, Russia and South America.

The greatest challenge of all, however, is not with the systems being de-installed, but with the coordination and communications with hospital staff. The real key is to remove equipment without disturbing the patients or staff. Aside from keeping the noise level at a minimum, the process requires adequate ventilation, cleanliness and safe removal from facility to dock. It has to be like you’re not even there.

Here are some tips on hiring a vendor for your next De-install.

The 10 steps to the de-installation process:

  1. Be sure to select a company with a proven track record of success. Get three references and call them, see how well the project went with them. Were they 100% satisfied, on budget and made the deadline you set up?
  2. Give the vendor a laundry list on the equipment make, model and condition. Is it being recycled for scrap or will it be delivered and installed in other facilities. If its scrap, just make sure they follow FDA guidelines in disposal of the elements. If being crated and installed, than get quotes on de-installing, crating, shipping and installed at new facility. Turnkey is what most clinics or hospitals look for.
  3. Make sure the hospital is protected from liability in case of an accident. Typically, the hospital is named as an added insured. Up to 2 million in liability is standard.
  4. It’s very important to assign a project manager, who will follow the project and implement, purchase orders, project assistance with electrician and maintenance. Your staff doesn’t like surprises when the de-install crew is there and needs power locked out, or water shut off.  Also have security aware of their arrival and have badges ready. The director of the department and staff needs to be informed of the activity in clinic and how you will interact with them and the safety of patient and staff looked after.
  5. Lock out the power and water if applicable and begin de-installing in the room. The vender should keep noise to a minimum and not be running back and forth during business hours.
  6. A sticky mat at the door will help eliminate dust and debris from getting in the halls. Don’t let the vender torch anything, unless a fire permit is given. If smoke is involved or excessive dust accruing, a Hepa filter with a charcoal filter will help with odor and air quality.
  7. Have an exit route outlined for the removal of the elements through hallway to dock. Protect the floor with Masonite, if rolling equipment over 1000 lbs or more, to protect floor tiles. Always be sure to remove most items after busy or business hours, for a safe departure.
  8. A staging area is recommended, if the elements can’t be loaded right away. Usually loading is not a problem at night or early mornings before or after main hospital deliveries. Please check with the dock supervisor on his schedule and your project removal dates vender is recommending.
  9. When the vendor is planning on loading, please have the dock supervisor remove any unnecessary equipment or containers on dock, so they have plenty of room to move around safely.
  10. Sweep the room of any screws, nuts or dust left behind. After you’re ready to roll, ask the project manager if he or she is 100% happy with your job. This is important to you, as well as the vendor, as he is only known by his last successful job.

As hospitals continue to add wings to their facilities and make the transition from analog to digital equipment, there is a greater need for The Global Oncology Health Network, than ever before.

For more information, contact Tom Gohn at or call 727-678-6334

this article was contributed By Global Medical Equipment Analysis Expert Tom Gohn  – The Global Oncology Health Network