I'm looking for your input on where you expect to see the Biomedical College and/or Engineers Australia active in Policy and Advocacy work.
Currently the National Committee of Rehabilitation Engineering (NCRE) are leading some work to have Rehabilitation Engineers recognised as prescribers and suppliers under the NDIS.
Regulatory reform being overseen by the TGA is ongoing, and without anyone formally representing the best interests of Biomedical Engineering practice. Should we be part of the relevant advisory group informing regulatory reform for medical devices in Australia?
Hi Kelly, I joined the Biomedical college community recently but I would like to reply to the discussion if it is not too late already. During my career, I have been into three different roles (Educational, technical, and clinical).
As a biomedical engineer college instructor, I need the following to support me in my role:
● A strong understanding of biomedical engineering fundamentals. This includes knowledge of biology, physics, chemistry, and mathematics, as well as the principles of engineering design and analysis.
● The ability to communicate concepts clearly and effectively to students of different backgrounds and learning styles. This includes the ability to use a variety of teaching methods, such as lectures, demonstrations, simulations, and hands-on activities.
● The ability to design and implement effective teaching materials. This includes creating lecture notes, handouts, and practice problems.
● The ability to assess student learning and provide feedback. This includes grading exams, quizzes, and projects.
● The ability to collaborate with other faculty members and develop innovative teaching methods.
In addition to these general qualifications, there are a few specific things that I need to have to support me in my role as a biomedical engineering college instructor:
● Access to a variety of resources, including textbooks, journal articles, and online databases.
● Adequate computing resources, including a computer, software, and internet access.
● Access to a laboratory or other facilities where students can conduct experiments and hands-on activities.
● Support from my department and college administration. This includes funding for professional development, resources, and technology.
I also need to be able to stay up-to-date on the latest advances in biomedical engineering technology and research. This is important so that I can provide my students with the most current and relevant information. I am doing this by reading journal articles, attending conferences, and participating in professional organizations.
As a service biomedical engineer, I needed a variety of tools and resources to support my work. These include:
● A strong understanding of biomedical engineering principles and practices
● Expertise in electronics, mechanics, and software (Using electrical and mechanical tools to repair or replace faulty components in medical equipment)
● Familiarity with medical devices and equipment
● Ability to read and interpret technical data
● Ability to troubleshoot and repair medical equipment, electronic circuits, and mechanical systems
● Stay up-to-date on new medical devices and technologies
● Using software to calibrate and test medical equipment
● Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders, including patients, clinicians, and other engineers
● Ability to explain technical concepts in a clear and concise manner
● Providing training to clinicians on the operation and maintenance of medical equipment
● Ability to write clear and concise reports on the status of medical equipment and repairs
● Ability to identify and diagnose problems with medical equipment (Example: Identify and diagnose problems with medical equipment that is not functioning properly)
● Ability to develop and implement solutions to technical problems
● Ability to think creatively and outside the box ( Example: proposing and implementing changes to medical equipment/ setting to improve efficiency or safety)
Attention to detail:
● Ability to pay careful attention to detail and accuracy
● Ability to work independently and as part of a team
● Ability to meet deadlines
● Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously
● Ability to keep accurate records and maintain documentation of all service calls and repairs
● Ability to prioritize tasks and work effectively under pressure
In addition to these general skills, as a service biomedical engineer I also needed specific training or certification in certain areas, such as:
● Sterilization and disinfection of medical equipment
● Infection control procedures
● Regulatory requirements for medical devices
● Clinical applications of medical devices
As a clinical engineer I required a range of support services and resources such as:
● Access to medical equipment manuals and specifications: Clinical engineers need detailed information about the equipment they are responsible for, including its operating procedures, maintenance requirements, and safety protocols. These manuals and specifications can be provided by equipment manufacturers or purchased through specialized distributors.
● A comprehensive inventory of medical devices: Clinical engineers must maintain an accurate inventory of all medical devices within their facility. This inventory should include information about the device's type, manufacturer, model number, serial number, location, and date of purchase. This data can be stored electronically or in a physical logbook.
● Training on new medical devices: As new medical devices are introduced to the market, clinical engineers need to be trained on their operation and maintenance requirements. This training can be provided by equipment manufacturers, healthcare providers, or dedicated training organizations.
● Technical tools and equipment: Clinical engineers require a variety of tools and equipment to perform their tasks, such as diagnostic equipment, test kits, and specialized software. These tools should be readily available and in good working condition.
● Access to spare parts and consumables: Clinical engineers need to have a readily available supply of spare parts and consumables for the medical devices they maintain. This includes items such as batteries, filters, tubing, and replacement components.
● Collaboration with other healthcare professionals: Clinical engineers work closely with a variety of healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, and technicians. This collaboration is essential for ensuring that medical devices are used safely and effectively in patient care.
● Access to relevant clinical guidelines and standards: Clinical engineers need to be familiar with applicable clinical guidelines and standards for the safe and effective use of medical devices. These guidelines can be obtained from professional organizations, government agencies, or healthcare providers.
In my opinion, providing these support services and resources, healthcare facilities can ensure that their clinical engineers have the tools and knowledge they need to perform their critical role effectively.