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Biomedical Engineering Technology (BE T)

BE T 204W Medical Equipment and Systems II (5) Principles of medical equipment: operation, application; circuit and block diagrams; preventive maintenance inspections; and troubleshooting with report writing and presentations.

BE T 204W Medical Equipment and Systems II (5)

This course introduces various types of medical instrumentation in preparation for the biomedical internship (BET 203). Equipment operation and application, circuit and block diagrams, preventive maintenance, inspections, performance testing, and troubleshooting are explained or reviewed. In addition, the student is required to demonstrate communication skills for the biomedical field in the form of technical reports, equipment reviews, and in-service presentations. In studying the various medical devices, the human cardiopulmonary system, basic anatomy and physiology structures will be reviewed as they apply to that medical device or measurement.
Topics covered include:
• electrical safety
• ECG monitoring
• blood pressure monitoring (invasive/non-invasive)
• cardiac output measurement
• defibrillators
• pacemakers
• pulse oximeter
• surgical equipment & systems
• sterilization systems & process
• surgical fiber-optic scopes
• anesthesia gas machines
• electrosurgical units
• infusion devices
• dialysis equipment
• ventilators & respiratory therapy equipment
• clinical laboratory equipment
• general medical devices
• FDA (510K) & SMDA requirements
• regulation & standard organization review
• imaging systems overview
• X-ray equipment & system review
• report writing
• technical presentations

Lectures will be supported through laboratory exercises regarding medical devices (physiological ECG monitors, electrocardiographs, blood pressure monitors, noninvasive external pacemakers, defibrillators, pulse oximeters, infusion pumps, and electrosurgical units) and perform operational and preventative maintenance testing on those devices. Written laboratory reports outlining the laboratory activity are required. Reports are graded based upon technical quality, grammar and professionalism. Computers are used to simulate electrical circuits and systems and also produce high quality weekly medical device reports and laboratory reports.
General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2008
Prerequisite: BE T 201, BE T 205

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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