The Bench: Shop Talk
Conversations from the TechNation Community
RFID Tagging Q. An informal survey of nurses revealed their frustration with finding equipment when they need it. So it’s not just clinical engineering! Has anyone looked at RFID tagging as a finding aid for the clinical staff? A. I have heard sales reps for certain new IV/PCA pumps claim that if we buy their new pump with 802.11, they can be located on computer by which AP they are closest to. I haven’t seen a demo yet, but it sounds interesting. A. Your vendor was referring to a group of RFID vendors who have systems that use 802.11 radios...
Tools of the Trade: VacuDAP meter
The VacuTEC VacuDAP Dose Area Product Meter is used for patient dose measurement. It does not affect the routine operation and gives the opportunity to measure total radiation dose to the patient site. The VacuDAP Duo Air Kerma meter is a two-field measuring system designed for simultaneous measurement of air kerma, air kerma rate, DAP, DAP rate and irradiation time. The measuring system works via serial interface with the host PC or a stand-alone display unit. Bluetooth versions are also available. Radcal distributes both units in the U.S. For more information, visit www.radcal.com. VacuTec Messtechnik is specialized in the development...
ECRI institute Staff Member Wins Clinical Engineering Award
Leadership in developing benchmarking tools earns ACCE honor
Congratulations to ECRI Institute’s Jonathan Gaev, MSE, CCE, HEM, PMP, winner of the American College of Clinical Engineering’s (ACCE) 2012 Professional Achievement in Technology Award/Professional Development Award. ACCE, the only internationally recognized professional society for clinical engineers, is committed to enhancing the profession. The award recognizes “contributions to the clinical engineering profession of a professional or technical nature, such as research or development of a new technique or product, a paper of significance on a technical issue, or ‘trailblazing’ work in a new application of clinical engineering.” Gaev won the award for his leadership in developing CE benchmarking tools. “I...
AAMI Updates Health IT CD
By Robert King As medical devices become increasingly intertwined with information technology (IT), healthcare technology management professionals often need resources on unfamiliar topics, and sometimes don’t know where to start, one health IT specialist says. To help, AAMI has released a major update of the “Health Information Technology Collection: A Biomed’s Guide,” a CD that can serve as an information clearinghouse. “You don’t need to search cyberspace or decide if what you found applies to health care; we’ve taken care of that,” says Jeff Kabachinski, director of technical development with ARAMARK Healthcare Technologies, who also writes the “IT World” column...
Biomed 101: Know Your Electrical Terms
For those of us who have been in this industry a long time, the following list of terms is part of our regular vocabulary. But for the new recruits out there, these terms sound like a foreign language. I hope the new biomeds out there find this list helpful and will learn to incorporate this understanding into their daily work and their daily lexicon. The following terms are taken from the “American Hospital Association Training Manual for Biomedical Equipment Technicians.” – Jim Fedele LINE ISOLATION MONITOR: An instrument that continually checks the hazard current from an isolated circuit to ground....
Electrophysiology: Key Facts
• Electrophysiology is the fastest growing of all the cardiovascular disciplines. • Electrophysiologists are cardiologists who have additional education and training in the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal heart rhythms. Close collaboration between electrophysiologists and other doctors who treat patients with heart disease is important. • Based on the Heart Rhythm Society Workforce Survey, 999 electrophysiologists (experts in heart rhythm disorders) were identified for the 1995 U.S. population of 263,434,000, a ratio of 1:263,690. • Of these 999, 795 are certified as having added special competency in electrophysiology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Many have also passed the...
Conversations from the TechNation Community
Q. BAXTER FLOW GARD 6201 IV PUMP I’ve never actually made repairs to this model of pump before. I am check- ing one out for a small non-profit clinic (free service). This particular pump is louder than the rest of his pumps. It makes a chattering/groaning sound when running, more so at some speeds around 100-200ml/hr. I opened the unit to look inside. I suspect that it is just the white fingers of the peristaltic pump mechanism. Do those things need some silicone type cream lube inserted be- tween the fingers to sort of dampen the sound? How have you...
AAMI Update
By Robert King The association for the advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) has launched a blog at www.aamiblog.org for experts and professionals to discuss and debate the hottest health care technology issues of the day. “I always learn something from listening to other people’s insights and occasionally have a few of my own to share, so I’m excited we are creating this new venue for starting — or continuing — conversations, sharing, and learning,” wrote AAMI President Mary Logan in a post welcoming readers. “If you have or need tips, lessons learned, illuminating case studies, questions, or insights about any...
AAMI Launches Blog
By Robert King The association for the advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) has launched a blog at www.aamiblog.org for experts and professionals to discuss and debate the hottest health care technology issues of the day. “I always learn something from listening to other people’s insights and occasionally have a few of my own to share, so I’m excited we are creating this new venue for starting — or continuing — conversations, sharing, and learning,” wrote AAMI President Mary Logan in a post welcoming readers. “If you have or need tips, lessons learned, illuminating case studies, questions, or insights about any...
Radiating Safely in Your Facility
Using calibrators to detect radiation levels
Radiopharmaceutical calibrators are specialized radiation detection devices that measure the activity of radioisotopes before they are administered to patients during nuclear medicine studies. They are also used in radiopharmacy procedures and to prepare radiopharmaceutical compounds at specific concentrations. Proper use of a calibrator can ensure that a patient receives the lowest level of radiation necessary to acquire diagnostically useful information. The major components of a typical radiopharmaceutical calibrator include a power supply, a detector (usually an ionization chamber), a current-to-voltage amplifier, a voltage-gain amplifier, an electrometer, and a display (see Figure 1). HOW THEY WORK Radiopharmaceutical calibrators use a well-type...
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