TechNation’s Webinar Wednesday series continues to draw HTM professionals eager to expand their knowledge and receive continuing education credit.
Almost 500 people attended the live presentation of the Fluke-sponsored webinar “Medical Device Quality Assurance Testing: Best Practices For Patient Risk Reduction.”
Jerry Zion, global training manager at Fluke Biomedical, discussed applying the Hippocratic oath: “first, do no harm.” He addressed reducing patient risk using an effective quality management program; sources of patient risk; ensuring the clinical staff know how to get the most from their medical devices; maintaining the medical device history record and compliance to GMP (repairs, inspections, etc.) as well as keeping instrumentation current with innovations in medical devices.
At the end of the session, participants understood the sources of patient risk and that human error is not managed using instrumentation or technology alone. They also learned about the ways others have managed patient risk sources and how they can instruct and improves one’s plans.
Zion pointed out that the importance of maintaining the medical device history record is a responsibility the hospital biomedical/clinical engineering department cannot avoid under the USA FDA GMP 21 CFR requirements, even when repair, calibration services are outsourced.
Participants also developed an understanding of how establishing meaningful key performance indicators (KPIs) and keeping daily visual management up to date, helps HTM and visitors understand the role of biomeds better and their value in patient risk reduction.
Zion shared additional knowledge during an informative Q&A session.
The presentation received several positive reviews via a post-webinar survey.
“I was a Gunner’s Mate in the U.S. Navy during Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield. I have been a Biomed for about 15 years specializing in surgery equipment. Kudos to Jerry Zion, he not only completely covered the topic but he really understood what he was discussing and gave full and concise answers to questions afterwards,” Travis S. wrote.
“Today’s seminar provided very clear explanations of the importance and logistics of making accurate measurements for preventive maintenance as it impacts patient safety. The explanations of the complexity of Joint Commission and CMS regulations, and the changes to them, were enlightening. It’s great to have a better understanding as I explain to my staff why we need to do things differently and better,” David M. wrote.
“I’m new to the series, and I really enjoyed it, honestly it’s the first time I’ve attended an event online and it was great! I’m looking forward for the next Wednesday,” Daniel L. wrote.
“The investment by MD Publishing and TechNation into the HTM career field is remarkable and a tremendous value to all HTM professionals. Webinar Wednesday is one of the great ‘arrows in our quiver’ to make us better professionals and provide our patients with an exceptional experience,” Christopher N. wrote.
TechNation Webinar Wednesday approached 1,000 attendees for the Jack Barrett and Rebecca Adkins presentation “Electrical Safety Testing – Planned Preventative Maintenance” sponsored by Rigel Medical.
The July webinar boasted the highest attendance for 2017 with 939 people watching the live broadcast. It also received high marks and tons of positive feedback in the post-webinar survey.
During the webinar and an informative Q&A session, Barrett, national business development manager, and Adkins, biomedical sales engineer, at Rigel Medical reviewed the importance of electrical safety testing. The webinar provided an overview of test criteria, classifications, terminology and safety standards, including IEC60601, IEC62353 (direct, differential and alternative techniques) and NFPA99.
The Rigel Medical-sponsored webinar as well as the overall TechNation Webinar Wednesday Series received high praise in the post-webinar surveys.
“I am supervisor of the medical equipment area of the Copper Hospital in the city of Calama, Chile. I found it a unique experience to have the opportunity to be with electrical safety experts. I know this will complement my work and will help me to provide security to the hospital facilities,” Sebastian H. wrote in his survey
“This webinar was very insightful in explaining the background of why we perform electrical safety testing, and references to the regulations and requirements for performing this testing,” Dennis D. said.
“I look forward to Webinar Wednesday weekly, as I enjoy the array of topics and the chosen experts who provide the classes,” said William N.
“TechNation continues to provide a very useful avenue for HTM technicians in the field to be able to get current information and continuing training through the use of Wednesday Webinar series,” wrote Albert R.
“The Webinar Wednesday is a valuable tool for our shop mainly because we have several new techs who really benefit from the base knowledge normally presented,” Jimmy B. wrote.
“These webinars are of great value to me, though I have been in the field for some time there is always a bit of knowledge that can be picked up from it,” added Dennis C.
“From specific info on devices/modalities down to the most basic fundamentals of medical device repair/maintenance, Webinar Wednesdays have consistently been a great source of knowledge utilized by our entire team,” said Ryan M.
“Webinar Wednesdays are great for refreshing, gaining and expanding your knowledge on specific subjects. Both easily accessible and informative organizers, why not spend an hour for your own benefit,” Keven S. shared.
For more information about the TechNation Webinar Wednesday Series, including a schedule of upcoming webinars and an archive of previous webinars, visit 1TechNation.com/webinars.
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