As the biomedical engineering field expands throughout the world, clinical engineers play an evermore-important role as translators between the medical, engineering, and business professions. They influence procedure and policy at research facilities, universities, as well as private and government agencies including the Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization. The profession of clinical engineering continues to seek its place amidst the myriad of professionals that comprise the health care field. The Clinical Engineering Handbook meets a long felt need for a comprehensive book on all aspects of clinical engineering that is a suitable reference in hospitals, classrooms, workshops, and governmental and non-governmental organization. The Handbook’s thirteen sections address the following areas: Clinical Engineering; Models of Clinical Engineering Practice; Technology Management; Safety Education and Training; Design, Manufacture, and Evaluation and Control of Medical Devices; Utilization and Service of Medical Devices; Information Technology; and Professionalism and Ethics. The Clinical Engineering Handbook provides the reader with prospects for the future of clinical engineering as well as guidelines and standards for best practice around the world. From telemedicine and IT issues, to sanitation and disaster planning, it brings together all the important aspects of clinical engineering.

Key Features

* Clinical Engineers are the safety and quality faciltators in all medical facilities. * The most definitive, comprehensive, and up-to-date book available on the subject of clinical engineering. * Over 170 contributions by leaders in the field of clinical engineering.


Biomedical Engineers, Clinical Engineers, Doctors, Nurses, Physicians, Clinical Technicians, Health Care Managers.

Table of Contents

Contributors Introduction Section I Clinical Engineering I 1. Clinical Engineering: Evolution of a Discipline 2. History of Engineering and Technology in Health Care 3. The Health Care Environment 4. Enhancing Patient Safety: The Role of Clinical Engineering 5. A Model Clinical Engineering Department 6. Clinical Engineering in an Academic Medical Center 7. Regional Clinical Engineering Shared Services and Cooperatives 8. Nationwide Clinical Engineering System 9. Clinical Engineering and Biomedical Maintenance in the United States Military 10. Careers, Roles and Responsibilities 11. Clinical Engineering at the Bedside 12. The Clinical Engineer as Consultant 13. The Clinical Engineer as Investigator and Expert 14. Careers in Facilities Section II Worldwide Clinical Engineering Practice 15. World Clinical Engineering Survey 16. Clinical Engineering in the United Kingdom 17. Clinical Engineering in Canada 18. Clinical Engineering in Estonia 19. Clinical Engineering in Germany 20. Clinical Engineering in Brazil 21. Clinical Engineering in Columbia 22. Clinical Engineering in Ecuador 23. Clinical Engineering in Mexico 24. Clinical Engineering in Paraguay 25. Clinical Engineering in Peru 26. Clinical Engineering in Venezuela 27. Clinical Engineering in Japan 28. Clinical Engineering in Mozambique 29. Clinical Engineering in the Middle East Section III Health Technology Management 30. Introduction to Medical Technology Management 31. Good Management Practice for Medical Equipment 32. Health Care Strat


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About the author

Joseph Dyro

Affiliations and Expertise

President, Biomedical Resource Group, Setauket, NY, Editor of the Journal of Clinical Engineering


13 sections, 142 chapters, 694 pages, 116 contributors! This is a comprehensive overview of the history and state of the art of clinical engineering written by an international group of generally well-known contributors to the field. For brevity’s sake I shall give an overview of the major sections of this text. Section one covers clinical engineering history, roles, models (academic, regional, military), job descriptions, and careers. Section two gives an overview of worldwide practices in clinical engineering, with example chapters covering the practice in several countries, such as Estonia, Paraguay and Japan. Section three gives an overview of healthcare technology management topics, covering good manufacturing practices, outsourcing, maintenance and repair, etc. There are several useful forms and flowcharts to be found here. Section four reviews management styles, finances, personnel matters, skills needed, and quality assurance. Section five reviews several topics involving safety, such as risk management, best practices, accidents, and special cases involving electrical safety and electromagnetic interference. Section six reviews the education and training of clinical engineers, including reviews of practices in North America and Germany, internships, BET licensing, the use of workshops and distance education, etc. Section seven reviews the design, manufacture, evaluation and control of medical devices. It includes some useful material on human factors, liability, and Institutional Review Boards. Medical Devices, Utilization and Service is the title of section eight. This section reviews devices commonly used in different sections of the hospital (e.g. anesthesiology and perinatology) and as well discusses troubleshooting techniques. Section nine reviews information sources, transmission, and processing. Included are sections on PACS, Telemedicine, Wireless Medical Telemetry, Virtual Instruments, and the effects of