Module Title:   Medical Engineering in the Clinical Environment

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   ENG3122L

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 6

Module Type:   Linked 10+10

Provider:   Engineering

Related Department/Subject Area:   School of Engineering

Principal Co-ordinator:   Dr P Twigg

Additional Tutor(s):   -

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To provide the student with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary for the role of a medical engineering practitioner in the clinical environment.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Knowledge, understanding and skills explored in formal tutorials with project supervisor. Cognitive and personal skills developed through exercises and supported by members of academic and technical staff. Oral feedback is given during tutorial sessions with project supervisor. Presentation assessment will examine the application of practical skills to the knowledge base of the module. The formal assessment will examine the wider learning outcomes expressed in the descriptor.

Lectures:   0.00          Directed Study:   188.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   12.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   0.00          Formal Exams:   0.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Explain the implications of equipment being used in a range of different settings
Demonstrate knowledge of the clinical use, safety and functional testing of devices or systems within a range of clinical environments
Demonstrate understanding of the standards and guidelines applicable to the clinical environment.
Discuss the technological delivery of modern healthcare services; e.g. wireless networking
Discuss equipment libraries and how they impact on technical services
Understand how to work within a quality management system

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Critically analyse the affects of introducing different medical devices into a clinical environment
Critically analyse the purpose and types of safety and functional tests performed in a range of clinical environments and discuss the suitability of the procedures used

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Analyse the potential risks to patients, visitors and staff from the use and misuse of medical devices
Apply risk management principles to medical devices

  Coursework   80%
  Project report 3000 words or equivalent
  Presentation   20%
  Oral presentation

Supplementary Assessment:
As Original

Outline Syllabus:
The clinical use of medical devices, for example: pressure measurement, temperature measurement, monitoring or recording of physiological signals which are electrical in origin, pulse oximetry, electro-surgery, infusion procedures, gas analysis and monitoring, endoscopic procedures, physiotherapy treatments, life support procedures.
Typical set up procedures including, limits and alarms, and how they may affect the practical operation of the equipment
Installation, maintenance, repair, testing, calibration and environmental issues encountered with equipment in a range of clinical environments, including electrical infrastructure, the requirement of uninterruptable power supplies and possible sources of interference and interaction between devices.
Safety testing of portable medical devices, complex medical devices and systems.
Safety testing fixed installations of complex medical devices and systems.
Principles of wireless technologies applied to clinical engineering applications
Technical implications and challenges associated with equipment being brought into the clinical environment.
Sources of interference/artefacts.
Management of equipment involving ionising and non-ionising radiation
Quality systems applied to clinical engineering.
Interactions between equipment in the clinical environment.
Practical application of networking, wireless and other technologies.
Working with third party service providers.
Training and competence.
Practical application of legislation and guidance.

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