Introduction; Section I: Clinical Engineering; Section II: Models of Clinical Engineering Practice; Section III: Technology Management; Section IV: Management; Section V: Safety; Section VI: Education and Training; Section VII Medical Devices: Design, Manufacture, Evaluation and Control; Section VIII: Medical Devices: Utilzation and Service; Section IX: Information, Section X: Engineering the Clinical Environment, Section XI: Regulations, Standards and Law; Section XII: Professionalism; Section XIII: The Future
* Clinical Engineers are the safety and quality faciltators in all medical facilities.
By Dr. Joseph Dyro
13 sections, 142 chapters, 694 pages, 116 contributors! This is a comprehensive overview of the history and state of the art of clinical engineering written by an international group of generally well-known contributors to the field. For brevity's sake I shall give an overview of the major sections of this text. Section one covers clinical engineering history, roles, models (academic, regional, military), job descriptions, and careers. Section two gives an overview of worldwide practices in clinical engineering, with example chapters covering the practice in several countries, such as Estonia, Paraguay and Japan. Section three gives an overview of healthcare technology management topics, covering good manufacturing practices, outsourcing, maintenance and repair, etc. There are several useful forms and flowcharts to be found here. Section four reviews management styles, finances, personnel matters, skills needed, and quality assurance. Section five reviews several topics involving safety, such as risk management, best practices, accidents, and special cases involving electrical safety and electromagnetic interference. Section six reviews the education and training of clinical engineers, including reviews of practices in North America and Germany, internships, BET licensing, the use of workshops and distance education, etc. Section seven reviews the design, manufacture, evaluation and control of medical devices. It includes some useful material on human factors, liability, and Institutional Review Boards. Medical Devices, Utilization and Service is the title of section eight. This section reviews devices commonly used in different sections of the hospital (e.g. anesthesiology and perinatology) and as well discusses troubleshooting techniques. Section nine reviews information sources, transmission, and processing. Included are sections on PACS, Telemedicine, Wireless Medical Telemetry, Virtual Instruments, and the effects of the HIPA Act. Section ten reviews several topics often relegated to environmental and plant engineers, such as HVAC, Electrical Power considerations, Radiation Safety, Sanitation, Construction and Renovation, Water Systems, and Disaster Planning. Section eleven reviews Medical Device Standards, Regulations, and the Law. This is mandatory reading for all engineering involved in medicine. It covers JCAHO Accreditation, AAMI and ANSI standards, the FDA and other regulatory agencies, liability law, and ISO standards. Section twelve briefly reviews professionalism and ethics in clinical engineering practice, and gives some examples of professional organizations in New England and in Germany. Section thirteen, the final part of the text, briefly addresses some potential future trends in clinical engineering practice and some of the trends that may affect it. To reiterate: this is an exceedingly comprehensive handbook. The field of clinical engineering (worldwide) is very well described here. While the level of each individual chapter varies considerably (from one page summaries to multiple page well-documented and illustrated chapters) this text overall will be very useful as a reference text for practitioners and students of clinical engineering. Many individual chapters will serve as teaching material for lectures in clinical and bioengineering courses. The page count and purchase price of this text were obtained from the Academic Press web site, and may not be accurate as of the publication date. (This review was based upon page proofs.) The editor and each author are to be congratulated for their contribution to the literature in this field. Reviewed by: Paul H. King, Vanderbilt University The Clinical Engineering Handbook makes an excellent resource, particularly to someone newly entering or thinking about entering the field. It provides a good background to the wide array of tasks, programs, innovations and challenges to the clinical engineering profession...Overall, the handbook is well written and the breakdown into very specific chapters makes referencing easy. - ACCE News, Nov./Dec. 2004 "The Clinical Engineering Handbook makes an excellent resource, particularly to someone newly entering or thinking about entering the field. It provides a good background to the wide array of tasks, programs, innovations, and challenges to the clinical engineering profession." - Journal of Clinical Engineering, June 2005