Category: Prevailing Attitudes Maintenance

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Viewpoint: Welcome to the Encore

In this article, HTM veteran Rick Schrenker reflects on a previous article he wrote for 24x7 Magazine and shares why the COVID-19 pandemic may shape the industry for years to come.

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Dare to Be Different—Not Just ‘Mighty Mouse’

In this Soapbox article, Rick Schrenker, a systems engineering manager at Massachusetts General Hospital, looks at what he calls “The Rodney Dangerfield Syndrome” affecting HTM—and cites another well-known figure, this time the fictional Mighty Mouse, as negatively impacting the perception of the field.

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10 Things HTM Professionals Should Be Doing Today

Regardless of what you're doing at work today, one can almost always find ways to do it better. In this installment of The Lynchpin, biomedical expert Patrick Lynch suggests things BMETs, clinical engineers, imaging engineers, and their managers, should consider incorporating into their workday to ensure they are performing their best.

Everything Is a Choice

In April’s installment of The LynchPin, biomedical expert Patrick Lynch discusses the power of choice. HTM professionals can, for instance, choose to become certified, seek another degree, help another technician or attend a professional conference. If they choose not to prioritize professional development, however, they may soon pay the price, Lynch says.

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Why Hospitals Should Not Fly

Safety champion John Nance published an award-winning book titled Why Hospitals Should Fly: The Ultimate Flight Plan to Patient Safety and Quality Care in 2008, which encouraged hospitals to adopt aviation safety methods to reduce patient harm. Unfortunately, if hospitals were to fly as he recommended, the United States would lose all of its physicians, surgeons, and nurses in about 10 years. Learn why here.

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Evidence-based Maintenance Is CE’s Moonshot

Fifty years ago, President Kennedy rallied the nation with the moonshot. Today, clinical engineering professionals face a similar opportunity—and challenge—with evidence-based maintenance (EBM). Critics have noted a number of obstacles to its implementation, but several experts have called EBM the best approach for establishing proper scheduled maintenance. If CE professionals do not seize this chance, they will miss their greatest opportunity to prove themselves worthy managers of medical technology.

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Keeping Your Team Lean

Lean methodology focuses on reducing wasted movement or downtime during the production or service process so you can offer that product or service more efficiently. By applying lean concepts and tools like muda, value stream mapping, and Kaizen events, your biomed department can achieve long-lasting, sustainable results.

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Can You Still Use the Risk-based Criteria?

It has been 2 years since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued revised requirements for the maintenance of medical equipment, but uncertainty continues to linger. One area of confusion is the S&C 14-07-Hospital document’s requirement that all hospital equipment, regardless of how it is maintained, is expected to be listed in an inventory that includes a record of maintenance activities.

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