Q. What are your recommendations for study material for the CBET?
A. There is a CBET Review course at the MD Expo this April in Dallas. You can find it at www.mdexposhow.com/dallas/schedule/.
A. I found the CABMET study group to be the most helpful resource when I did my own certification testing (http://www.cabmet.org/study-group/). They provided good review presentations that were very focused on the certification exam.
A. A good book for the shop is: GE Healthcare – Affinity Reference Guide for Biomedical Technicians, 2010 Edition (may have a newer edition not sure) http://www3.gehealthcare.com/en/education/education_store/affinity_guide. To purchase: Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Minimum Order: $99. Preferred payment: P.O. or check.
A. The CBET Review course offered at MD Expo is by the leader of the CABMET Study Group.
Q. For the MedRad Stellant D, I’m getting a “syringe not docked” on the A side, sometimes I have to reset the syringe 3 or 4 times in order to clear it. Any suggestions?
A. There is probably contrast in the loading area. There is a block of optical sensors on the side of both the A and B syringe wells, clean or replace.
A. To be certain – the last action, which must be done prior to arming the injector, is to advance the syringe 3-5mL to ensure it is properly seated/docked. If this step is not done, the error will occur. If otherwise, then there is likely an issue with the plunger tip sensor (the springy tip at the top of the injector ram). It likely must be replaced – not a job I would typically recommend be done in the field. I would recommend it be sent to our depot center for repair (we do have loaner injectors available in the interim if required).
Q. Has anyone been inspected since the new CMS guidelines for relocatable power taps? How did it go?
A. See Categorical Waver issued by CMS.
A. We were recently inspected from a state level and had to remove/exchange some power strips. Remember this is a nationwide OSHA project. CMS enforces what is written but it is a federal guideline for all hospitals. They (the state) also checked areas outside of patient care for space heaters. Space heaters are not allowed in a hospital, any part of a hospital, unless a patient has a written doctor’s order. That doesn’t happen much because the doctor takes responsibility for any incidents with the heater. There are only two approved UL listings for hospital power strips, one for patient care and one for non-patient care. It’s a huge project for most hospitals to become compliant. I think inspections are fairly light right now, but you can pretty much guarantee by 2017 that they will be in full force mode. Prices for compliant power strips have come way down in the last year. I think we are paying $72 per strip now. If anybody has a good resource at a cheaper price than that, pass it along!
A. We had the same issue from a recent survey, we were able to get a bulk discount from CDWG of $54.60 each. Be advised, since the fire marshall has turned over LSC inspections to CMS, they have increased their budget and will really be looking for violations.
Q. I have a HDI3500 ultrasound that after turning on gives a white screen and nothing more. The LEDs on board are on and then on PCB (rear) are run as everything is OK.
A. Software or CPU problem. First you must try to start the machine with the backup MO disk. You can find the MO normaly on the right side. Push the disk in and switch on the device. The system starts now from the disk – if this works the problem is the hard disk or the SW on the HD – if not your CPU board is causing the problem.
A. As the backup disk does not exist, do you know if I could order it through the Internet? Secondly, I have the service manual of HDI3000. Do you know the differences between it and the HDI3500 that my customer has?
A. The MO disk is hidden on the right side behind the flap. There are some differences between 3000 and 3500 (power supply, front end) you always need the backup MO disk (options!). Anyway, the CPU board might be bad. If you have a second HDI you can try to swap the CPU board. It is important that you do not swap the B1 chip (looks like a battery).
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