Patient safety is important to all health professionals, but fatal accidents occur with medical devices every year. This is the first book for people who use medical equipment, rather than for engineers or technicians. It will help personnel within healthcare to avoid accidents by bridging the gap between the design principles and the user. The book encourages safe use of a wide range of equipment, from simple thermometers and blood-pressure cuffs to complex equipment such as pacemakers, ventilators and patient monitors.

Key Features

  • Simple explanations of basic medical devices
  • Case histories of real-life accidents to highlight risk areas
  • Clear, attractive illustrations
  • "Tips" boxes identify particular problems
  • "Basic Facts" boxes supply fundamental information needed by all readers
  • "Technology" boxes provide more-advanced explanations for interested or experienced readers

Table of Contents

1. Safety in health care
2. Mechanics and safety
3. Electricity and safety
4. Gas, fire and heat
5. Measurement techniques
6. Measurement methods and values
7. Medical images
8. Ventilation
9. Parenteral administration of drugs
10. Artificial organs and stimulators
11. Tissues and calculi
12. Computers in health care
13. Responsibility
14. Checklists


Churchill Livingstone
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About the authors

Bertil Jacobson

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor of Medical Engineering, Karolinska Institute, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden

Alan Murray

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Cardiovascular Physics, Medical Physics Department, Newcastle University, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK