Any types of equipment that are to be used in the identification of various elements of illness in patients is made through a process known as Medical Device Manufacturing. An equipment can only be termed as medical equipment if it can perform the function of diagnosing sickness and at the same time help in the treatment of the patient. Also, for the equipment to be considered as a medical device, it should not be able to tamper with the normal body functioning of a person. The mostly known medical devices are the CT scanners, the x-ray machines and any other form of medical aid which is not a drug. There are no set standards which require the various medical equipment to be made with. There are measures that have been put in place by the various medical governing bodies that require the medical devices manufactures to comply to in order to make medical devices that are of a better quality.
The medical devices are usually grouped into three categories depending on the type of service they offer to the patients. That equipment which is not meant to provide any life-supporting service to the patient is categorized into group one. Similarly, this equipment should not be able to prevent instances of human impairment that may be facing the patient. The equipment, however, should not pose any risk of causing harm or injury to the patients. The devices commonly referred to as general controls, and special controls form the second group of the medical devices. Due to the role the machines in this stage play in helping in sustaining the life of an individual, they are therefore known to be very crucial. During the same duration the machines in this category can be of use in making sure that the condition of the patient does not worsen. The greater threat that is associated with the devices under the general control and special group makes them necessitate for permission for one to be allowed to use them.
The general controls and premarket approval medical devices fall into the third class. Higher threats while handling are further exposed to the devices in this group. For accompany or individual to be permitted to use these kinds of devices, they have to seek permission from the relevant medical regulatory bodies in their country. One should be granted permit from the top levels of authority in the medical fraternity so as to publicize the medical devices in this category. Despite helping the life of a person, the devices in this category can also cause adverse harm to the patient.