Clinical Engineering

Clinical Engineering requires specialty in various disciplines including biomedical engineering, project management, information technology and data analysis. in this page you will find useful links and files which may help you as a clinical engineer:

 

Equipment planning

Equipment planning is one of the major responsibilities of a clinical engineer:

As an equipment planner, you will have to be able to develop, manage and consolidate a long list of equipment within various departments of a hospital.Some of your duties will consist of preparing equipment list, reviewing and placement of equipment in the floor plans, writing technical specifications for the equipment, coordinating user group meetings and being able to analyze the data and provide budget estimates:

in the following links I have provided some information that you might find useful as an equipment planner:

Sample Equipment lists
Sample room layouts
Sample technical specifications
useful standards

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Data analysis and databases:

A clinical engineer should have very good knowledge of databases and should have adequate data analysis skills. For example, in a typical hospital, there are somewhere between 30,000 to 80,000 pieces of medical equipment, between 500 to 1100 categories of medical equipment and numerous medical instruments that you will need to have an inventory of, and be able to provide adequate information about, when needed.

following diagram shows an example of equipment database structure used in equipment planning and asset management:

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There are various asset management, equipment planning and CMMS tools available:

Attainia:

one of the databases that I used for equipment planning is called Attainia. It provides an online, and comprehensive list of medical equipment and room layouts. It allows you to create projects, room lists and room room content. In my opinion, it works well with some smaller projects, but it can easily become very complicated when it is used on larger projects.

Personal Database (like SQL Server and MS Access)

US military (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) use a unique equipment listing system that is more or less standardized across projects. It is based on US-MIL-STD1691 standard.  Due to its unique structure, most companies that work with this standard, tend to create their own equipment management databases. A sample of one of my projects can be found here: (will come later)

Architectural Databases

Now-days, most of the architects also use data driven architecture. For example, Building Information Management system (BIM) has a very hot market among architects. BIM is a large dataset that contains all the architectural and engineering information about a project. including equipment list, wall list, material list, material property, utility list, utility properties and etc. If you are involved with a new project, there is a good chance that you will have to learn to understand BIM and be able to pull information from and push information back into it, even as clinical engineers. For example you may be asked to update or review Room Data Sheets (RDS) or update the equipment list onto the BIM database to generate a new layout. There are some software that can help you with that. I used one called Codebook.