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ِِAre you Qualified to Carry the Title of Medical Equipment Planner (MEqp)?-Qualifications and Requirements

To carry the title of Medical Equipment Planner (MEqP) you should have the following minimum qualifications & Requirements;I. Main Qualifications;
  1. Hold a University Degree in Biomedical Engineering /Medical Devices or any Engineering filed related to Medical Technology & Devices. 
  2. Have a Min of 10 years’ experience in medical equipment, 5 of which in the field of equipment assessment of the sites needs, technical specifications, purchasing conditions & selection, installation, testing & commissioning, in addition to experience in medical equipment technology management.

II. Basic Requirements
  1. Capable to deal with Auto CAD, Revit CAD drawings.
  2. Well familiar with International Standards, Regulations, and Guidelines related to:
  • Medical devices and equipment
  • Medical Gases
  • Hazards & safety in healthcare facilities
  • Electrical safety
  • Radiation protection
  • Radio-frequency protection
  • Noise and noise protection in medical spaces
  • Lighting in medical spaces
  • Sterilization and infection control
  • Biomedical waste management  


3. Well familiar with international guidelines for ;

  • Health facilities design & planning
  • Space programs
  • Department relationships
  • Medical rooms /areas sizes & plans
  • Medical room occupation
  • Room data sheets (RDS)
  • Medical Equipment & medical furniture distribution
  • Medical rooms & areas environmental conditions requirements; temperature, humidity, air pressure, air flow & air exhaust, lighting level, noise level and special isolation requirements. 


4. Well familiar with Hospital/healthcare facilities Medical and Non-Medical Systems and its relation to the medical equipment such as;

  • Medical Integration Systems
  • IT Healthcare Systems ( HIS, LIS, RIS & PACs)  
  • Nurse Call Systems
  • Traceability automated systems for patients staff and materials
  • Building Management System (BMS), Material Tractability System
  • AV & Alarm Systems
  • Material Management and Inventory Control System   


5. Well familiar with a wide range of medical equipment and medical furniture such as (but not limited to): 

  • Imaging Radiology equipment and Systems ( MRI, CT, CATH LAB, Angiography, C-ARM, X-RAY (Dental, Panorama, Radiography, Fluoroscopy, Mammography), and Ultrasound Scanners
  • Nuclear Medicine and Radio Therapy equipment and Systems (Accelerators, PETs, SPECT, Gamma Camera… etc.)
  • Operating Theater (OT) Medical Equipment and furniture and OT Integration Systems
  • Medical Navigation equipment & systems 
  • Endoscopy equipment and systems
  • Clinical Laboratory, Blood Bank, Clinical Research Lab Equipment and Lab furniture
  • Outpatient clinics equipment (ENT, OPTH, EEG, EKG, EMG, ORTH, Dental,
  • Medical Refrigerators & Freezers  
  • Medical Bio-Safety cabinets and Hoods
  • Pendants ceiling / Wall mounted systems, Bed Head units, and wall consoles  
  • Surgical and Exam Lights
  • Patient lifting and transporting devices
  • CSSD Equipment 
  • Morgue & Forensic Medicine equipment.
  • Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy Equipment and Furniture 
  • Maternity, Delivery, NICU Equipment 
  • Intensive care (ICU, CCU, and SICU) equipment  
  • Anesthesia Machines and Ventilators 
  • Electro-Physiological monitoring systems and equipment  
  • Pharmacy Equipment and systems, including Pharmacy Robotic System 
  • Dialyses and water treatment systems
  • Supporting medical equipment used in diagnostic and treatments     


6. Well familiar with a wide range of medical equipment and furniture Manufacturers  


III. More Specific Requirements.

Should be capable to;

  1. Share & participate in all phases of the hospital/healthcare facilities design, planning, construction, equipment delivery, installation, testing, and commissioning, handing over and follow-up of equipment during the warranty period.
  2. Coordinate and support other Engineering disciplines (Architects, Electrical, Mechanical, Structurer, Internal Design ... etc.) in all related issues to medical equipment & Furniture allocation, Architectural, Structural & MEPs requirements.
  3. Provide full support the client/end-user staff and representatives in all related issued to Medical Equipment to take the right decision in all stages of the project. 
  4. Understand the client/end-user functional requirement and reflecting these to recommendation and decisions via continues meetings, workshops, and connections.
  5. Advise the client/end-user and take the perfect decisions about the following:
  • Assess the needs of the client/end-user needs for all type of medical equipment required.
  • Set schedule plans in coordination with the client/end-user and the engineering team for the purchasing, supply, delivery, installation, testing, commissioning and acceptance processes for medical equipment. 
  • Prepare a comprehensive BOQ (Bill of Quantities) lists for all medical equipment within the project.
  • Prepare a draft estimation of the equipment budgets/cost required
  • Prepare/Review of the technical specification and Technical Terms and Conditions needed for each type of medical equipment within the project.
  • Prepare/Review the Room Data Sheets (RDS) and equipment MEP, IT, Environmental  and Equipment Plans distributions 
  • Prepare the Room-By-Room Equipment Lists.
  • Prepare all types of forms required for the progress of activities related to medical equipment and medical furniture, including inspections forms for delivery, installation, testing & commissioning, acceptance, handing over certificates, equipment services, follow-up, and others.
  • Prepare of medical equipment handing over documents
  • Provide technical advice in equipment/vendor selection and tender evaluations.
  • Advise the client/end-user about the equipment accessories and consumables. 
  • Advise and inform the client/end-user about all recalls related to purchased, installed, running equipment under his responsibility.


6. Conduct a regular/when required meetings with the client/end-user for reporting the progress, current status, next steps in regard to medical equipment and taking the necessary action regarding the feedback from the meeting.


7. Issue/ Submit regular medical equipment planning report to client/end-user.


8. Keep a strong interface with the medical staff, doctors, and consultants


9.Keep and manage a well-organized filing document (hardware &software) for all related to medical equipment subjects, processes, and actions


IV. Requirments related to relationships with supplier & Manufacturers

MEqp should;

  1. Keep a strong interface and business relations with the suppliers & manufacturers of medical equipment.
  2. Conduct regular / when required meetings with selected local suppliers & Manufacturers representatives for the benefit of positive progress of the project and solving all issues that could impact such progress.
  3. Conduct technical workshop & meeting for the local suppliers & Manufacturers with the Client/End User - Medical Staff, Doctors, and Management representatives. All the out-come from such meeting to be used in the benefit of the project progress and development.
  4. Keep the Client/End User updated about all activities carried by the selected local suppliers & Manufacturers.
  5. Provide the Client/End User with all documentation, Brochures, Manual, Upgrading memos that are related to Medical equipment subject to the project.
  6. Keep updated records of the modification and upgrading of equipment under his responsibility.

V. Ranking of qualifications and experience based on the mentioned requirements

This depends on who is evaluating, the engineer himself, employee company or training center/college. In general, the total mark can be estimated 100%, regardless the party doing the evaluation. Based on the recent and rapid development in the fields of medical equipment and medical equipment planning on one hand, and the importance of selecting the qualified individuals, who are able to carry out the required work and responsibility in the field of medical equipment planning on the other hand, in addition to the satisfaction of the clients/end-users, the minimum mark should not be less than of 75%.

The distribution of percentages should mainly take into consideration ;

  1. University qualification (recognized university, college)
  2. Years of experience (officially accredited preferably with recommendations)
  3. Training and certification (Certified Training)
  4. Healthcare Projects experience ( capacity, type, duration ... etc), and project management recommendations
  5. The types of medical equipment that are pointed in the experience (for some project this may have critical impact)
  6. The mark from the Technical interview/test
  7. Any others

The max weight of each requirement is also subject to the party performing the evaluation. All suggestions in this regard is highly appreciated


Dr.Eng. Walid Tarawneh

Medical Equipment Consultant & Senior Medical Equipment Planner at KEO International Consultants.

Handy Land: A Day in the Life of a Biomed

This article will appear with 24×7’s June 2016 anniversary coverage.


Do your workdays often feel like a children’s board game? Grab a wrench and see if you can make it through all the work orders by 5 o’clock!

Published on May 31, 2016 

Start 


Good Day Sunshine
Start your day off right by getting out of the basement and checking in with other departments. Help yourself to a bagel, and move forward one space.

Morning Mayhem

The CT machine in the ER is down, and you’re stuck waiting for the OEM’s service tech. Lose 2 hours.


Coffee Collaboration
Meet with IT to plan the rollout of a new EHR system. Congratulate yourself for being a team player, and move ahead three spaces.

Service Setbacks
An anesthesia machine breaks…and the page you need in the repair manual is missing. Swap out machines to resume surgery.


Tech Talk
Take 10 minutes to show a frustrated nurse how to use that new IV pump and make a friend for life—or at least until next week. Take another turn!

Afternoon Blues
A senior biomed with 40 years’ experience is retiring next month, but the hospital is in a hiring freeze. Notify HR and plan to reallocate workloads.


Vendor Victory
By getting a quote from a second vendor, you save your facility $15,000 on a service contract. Move ahead four spaces!


Repair Resolution
You track down a hard-to-find replacement part online—and the company even offers same-day shipping! Proceed to checkout.

Jump Start

Take 5 minutes to schedule a test date for the fall CHTM exam. Almost there!


Reset Button
A promising student from a local biomed program wants to intern at your facility. Start over tomorrow!


End 


Source: 24x7 Magazine

The Electronic and Biomedical Engineering (EBME) department should ensure processes are in place for acceptance testing. These processes will check that equipment meets safety standards, meets clinical requirements, and the procurement requirements of the Hospital from the day it arrives. (This advice may be used in conjunction with this acceptance form.)
 

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