bmet lesson#3 - Biomedical Duties (continued from Lesson 2)...

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Biomedical Duties (continued from Lesson 2) There are roughly 5,000 hospitals in the United States, which equates to an average BMET per department of about 5.8. This number would include Managers, Biomedical Technicians and Imaging Technicians, and is probably fairly accurate. A small community hospital may have one person serving in the role of BMET and Manager, while a large teaching hospital could have a staff of 30(+). Most larger hospitals have an Administrative Assistant as well, but would not be included in the BMET count. Clinical Engineering: Clinical Engineering is a more encompassing term typically used to describe larger Biomedical Departments that include biomedical and imaging engineers. “Clinical Engineering” should not be interpreted as there is any actual engineering going on in the department, but rather describes the process for managing medical equipment in the hospital. In most hospitals the terms Biomedical Engineering and Clinical Engineering are used interchangeably and have no significant difference. BMET: Roles for the BMETs vary, usually based on years of experience and technical capabilities. Titles for biomedical technicians include BMET1, BMET2, BMET3 and Biomedical Specialist , and that is also the normal range of promotions. BMET1 – This is usually considered an entry level position. In this position the new BMET is not expected to understand specific equipment to any degree, but are expected to have a general understanding of what different equipment is supposed to do and what it should be used to treat. Basically, an entry level BMET is considered a “clean slate” for development at that hospital. In some cases managers would prefer a new BMET over some experience, simply because some experienced BMETs can bring bad habits with them to the job, and unlearning bad habits can be time-consuming or impossible. The duties typically center around preventative maintenance and smaller, simple repairs. BMET2 – There are no industry standards or rules for determining when a promotion is warranted, but in general promotion to BMET2 is pretty much left up to the BMET. There may not be an experience requirement (1 or 2 years for instance), but there may be a certification requirement. To become certified, you must have at least 2 years of experience (AAMI rule). Most larger departments
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This note was uploaded on 07/10/2011 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor Tuner during the Spring '11 term at Solano Community College.

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