The Practice of Clinical Engineering

The Practice of Clinical Engineering

1st Edition - January 28, 1977

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  • Editor: Cesar Caceres
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323147880

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The Practice of Clinical Engineering deals with clinical engineering, its educational requirements, the requirements for accreditation, and practice, including legislation and liability. The objectives of clinical engineers are discussed, together with clinical engineering internships, insurance and malpractice, and the clinical engineer's role in hospital planning. This book is comprised of 56 chapters divided into eight sections and begins with an overview of clinical engineering as a discipline and how it differs from biomedical engineering. The reader is then introduced to the history of interdisciplinary engineering and the use of technology in clinical medicine. The following sections focus on the education of the clinical engineer, with emphasis on internships and the training of biomedical equipment technicians; professional accreditation and registration; the role of the clinical engineer as an interface in hospitals; and the involvement of clinical engineers in anesthesiology, surgery, and coronary care. The final chapter considers the transfer of technology to the clinical area and the means that can be used in the implementation of advances in medical engineering. This monograph is intended for engineers concerned with clinical medicine and those concerned with the utilization of diagnostic and therapeutic medical instrumentation or systems.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors




    Part I / A Definition for Clinical Engineering

    1 An Introduction to Clinical Engineering

    2 Historical Background of Interdisciplinary Engineering

    3 Technology and People

    4 A Forward Look

    5 Technology and Clinical Medicine

    Part II / Education

    6 The Objectives of Clinical Engineers

    7 Education for the Clinical Engineer

    8 The University's Role in the Development of the Clinical Engineering Profession

    9 The Clinical Engineer as an Interface

    10 Clinical Engineering Internships

    11 Interdisciplinary Education

    12 Training of Biomedical Equipment Technicians (BMETS)

    Part III / Accreditation

    13 Professional Accreditation

    14 Current Concepts

    15 Professional Registration

    Part IV / Insurance, Liability, and Legislation

    16 Insurance and Malpractice

    17 The Clinical Engineer and Insurance

    18 How Medical-Device Legislation Affects Health-Care Professionals

    Part V / Management and Hospital-Administration Premises

    19 Technology in Management of Medical Care

    20 The Administrator's Role in the Introduction of New Technology into the Community Hospital

    21 Methods to Reduce Hospital Costs

    22 The Clinical Engineer's Role in Hospital Planning

    23 The Clinical Engineer as an Interface in the Hospital

    Part VI / The Environment of the Work

    24 Engineers in Clinical Engineering

    25 Medical Facilities and Equipment: Shared Technology

    26 Basic Models

    27 The Nyack Plan

    28 The Implementation of a Medical Engineering Service

    29 Hospital Engineering

    30 Functions of a Hospital Clinical Engineer

    31 A Large Institutional Model

    32 Specialized Service Groups

    33 Cost Effectiveness of a Medical Engineering Department

    34 Efficient Use of Purchased Equipment

    35 Inspection of New Equipment

    36 Design Factors for Intensive Care and Surgical Units

    37 The Clinical Engineer in Anesthesiology

    38 The Clinical Engineer in Surgery

    39 The Clinical Engineer in Coronary Care

    40 A Model in Implementation of Coronary Care

    41 Quality Control in Automated Laboratories

    42 Clinical Engineering and Hospital Safety

    Part VII / Maintenance

    43 Justification for the Technologist

    44 Quality in Preventive Maintenance and Equipment Control

    45 Medical Equipment Maintenance

    46 In-Hospital Medical Equipment Maintenance: Biomedical Instrumentation Department

    47 In-Hospital Medical Equipment Maintenance: Division of Electronics and Biological Engineering

    48 Performance Testing for Safety

    49 Recording of Performance and Hazards

    50 Emergency Repairs

    51 Systems Considerations

    52 The Development of Instrumentation Standards

    53 Standards and the Clinical Engineer

    Part VIII / Industry and the Clinical Engineer

    54 The Market for Health-Care Equipment and Supplies

    55 The Clinical Engineer—An Industrial Perspective

    56 Industry: The Key to Transfer of Technology to the Physician's Hands

    Postscript: The Clinical Engineer in the Administration of Technology

    Selected Bibliography


Product details

  • No. of pages: 504
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1977
  • Published: January 28, 1977
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323147880

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Cesar Caceres

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