Medical Technology Repair Personnel, i.e., biomedical engineers, are healthcare heroes. Thank Goodness for the hardworking precision teams of bio mats and clinical engineers who manage the medical technology services in hospitals, outpatient centers, and labs. Largely unnoticed as a group, they consistently show up for work in healthcare institutions and get their vital, exacting jobs done reliably, with technical skill and accuracy, day after day. So why is their work so important?
Here are 7 reasons why:
- Every day, in-patients and out-patients across the globe receive enormous medical diagnostic, therapeutic and remedial treatments for a wide range of symptoms and illnesses. From a joyous obstetrical ultrasound producing your child’s in-utero first ever photo, to a depressing diagnosis of cancer followed by radiation treatment planning, these are all “critical care” aspects of healthcare that require reliable, accurate medical technology equipment. Precision calibration of medical technology is life sustaining. Which one of us would want to find ourselves in the situation to have received too large a dose of radiation (for example) because of faulty equipment? Not anyone! Without precision calibration deployed by highly skilled biomedical engineers, these types of situations could well occur.
- Allowing equipment to run out of a Service Warranty with little or no Biomet support is a poor strategy. As patients and healthcare consumers, most of us want to know that we are safe when we go into a facility for treatment. While the public at large knows nothing about what is required to repair, calibrate and provide preventative maintenance on sophisticated medical technology equipment, it is “mission critical.” Some healthcare facilities take unwarranted risks by allowing their medical capital equipment to run out of their manufacturer’s service warranty without any extension or other coverage. While not publicized, this does happen in many institutions. Clearly, this practice is not even remotely related to “best practices” or “best patient care” or quality “accountable care.”
- The proverbial “band-aids” stuck on high technology equipment makes the medical technicians administering care very nervous and uncomfortable. Nuclear med techs, ultrasound techs, x-ray techs and doctors are always concerned about the safety and efficacy of the treatments that they deploy with their patients, so they tend to be very “hands on,” cautious and thorough. This means that any faulty function can put them at high risk, especially with repeated exposures from treating multiple patients, as well as risk the patient’s health.