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Unformatted text preview: Kyle Harbison CM 1090 BE525 Biofluid Mechanics Ethics Homework The BMES code of ethics has many statements concerning the obligations of healthcare, research, training and of the healthcare profession in general. The statement, made under research obligations, explicitly concerning the duty of the biomedical engineer to report a potential health risk is as follows: “Publish and/or present properly credited results of research accurately and clearly.” A biomedical engineer could utilize the BMES code of ethics in relation to the Bjork-Shiley heart valve by doing just as the statement made above says, present results of research accurately and clearly. After working on co-op for nine months last year, I understand how fully developed a corporation’s comprehension of risk factors are. I once had to schedule meetings with the “weld guru” to discuss what types of welding were appropriate for certain situations, and after that I still had to get my instruments tested. So after having this type of experience, I can say confidently that there is no way that the breaking of welds in the Bjork-Shiley heart valves happened without anyone knowing. Testing definitely had to have been performed before this product was released, so if I was the engineer involved with this I would use the BMES code of ethics to make sure I accurately portrayed the faults found within the welding. I would try my best to make sure the heart valve never got released until the problem was resolved. The delaying of the release would make the company lose money initially, but the risk of a recall and the human suffering involved would greatly outweigh the loss of money from delaying release. ...
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This note was uploaded on 03/25/2010 for the course ABBE BE430 taught by Professor Weiner during the Spring '10 term at Rose-Hulman.
- Spring '10