Clinical Engineering Program

BME 5020 - Clinical Engineering Fundamentals
Provides the fundamental concepts involved in managing medical technology, establishing and operating a clinical engineering department, and the role of the clinical engineering department in equipping new patient care facilities. Topics covered include managing safety and risk, technology assessment, technology acquisition, technology implementation, supporting the clinician in the use of technology, medical equipment planning for new facilities, personnel management, budgeting and ethical issues of concern to the clinical engineer.


BME 5050 – Engineering Problems in the Hospital
This course covers engineering solutions to problems that are found in the healthcare environment. This includes a wide variety of topics such as electrical power quality and electrical supply systems in hospitals; electrical safety in the patient care environment; electromagnetic interference and electromagnetic compatibility of various medical devices; radiation shielding and radiation protection; medical gas distribution systems, medical ventilation systems and indoor air quality; hospital fire protection systems, telemedicine and medical image transmission; project management techniques and hospital architecture and the design of patient care facilities.


BME 5030 – Human Error and Medical Device Accidents
This course teaches the basic principles needed to analyze medical devices, medical device users, medical device environments involved in medical device accidents. It particularly focuses on human factors engineering as an important step to minimizing human error. Medical device manufacturers, medical device regulators and medical device owners will be examined to identify their role in reducing medical device use errors and medical device accidents. The nature and types of human error and well as a taxonomy of medical device accidents will also be presented. Investigative techniques including “root cause analysis” and “failure modes and effects analysis” will be taught and applied to industrial and medical device accidents. Operating room fires, electrosurgical and laser burns, anesthesia injuries, infusion device accidents, catheters and electrode failures and tissue injury in the medical environment will be discussed in detail.


BME 5040 - Medical Instrumentation in the Hospital
This course will examine 8-10 current major technologies in use by healthcare practitioners. It will review the physiological principles behind each technology, the principles of operation, major features, methods for testing and evaluating each technology and will highlight available versions of the devices on the market today. Technologies to be covered will be selected from anesthesia equipment, surgical and ophthalmic lasers, cardiac assist devices, surgical & endoscopic video systems, radiographic and fluoroscopic devices, CT, MRI, ultrasound imaging equipment, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, clinical chemistry analyzers, spectrophotometers and hematology analyzers. Some classes involve site visits to observe and examine the equipment being discussed.


BME 5070 – Clinical Systems Engineering
Primarily covers medical device connectivity and interoperability. This includes connecting medical devices to the hospital network to pass data to the patient medical record and connecting one medical device to another for the purpose of feedback and control. It will cover basic networking concepts, medical systems security and risk management, the role of middleware, HL7 and DICOM standards, moving data on the network, clinical information systems, digital imaging and image storage systems, and a medical device integration project walk- thru.