Health Equipment Loan Program - Health and Safety

The Canadian Red Cross is a well-known and reputable, non-profit service provider that has been providing health equipment loans since the Second World War. We focus on quality and risk management and are committed to providing safe equipment to our clients. This starts with an excellent infection prevention and control program consisting of written standards, in-depth training and performance monitoring. We meet the following:
 
  • Health Canada Infection Control Guidelines,
  • Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards regarding decontamination, warehousing, storage and transportation of reusable medical devices,
  • Provincial Infection Control Network of B.C., Infection Control Guidelines: Providing Health Care to the Clients Living in the Community,
  • Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee of Ontario various best practices documents.
The Canadian Red Cross Health Equipment Loan Program in B.C. and Yukon uses consistent equipment quality standards, standardized technical training, excellent equipment cleaning and repair facilities and thorough equipment audits, tracking and recall processes. Red Cross skilled technicians are trained to repair basic equipment such as wheelchairs and walkers and to setup more advanced equipment such as hospital beds and patient lifts. The Canadian Red Cross equipment recall process is current and responsive. We have responded to 14 manufacturers’ recalls on our relatively narrow array of equipment over the past 8 years and initiated 3 of those recalls.

All loaned equipment is based on a referral received from a regulated health care professional. We are pleased to be working in partnership with B.C.’s Health Authorities to provide safe and timely health equipment to British Columbians.