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September 15
Our History Define Us and What We Do.                                                By Larry Fennigkoh

While this event happened many years ago, the details remain vivid and representative, perhaps, of what so many others within clinical engineering have also experienced.  In some ways it also epitomizes the invisible effectiveness that we have and continue to bring to healthcare.

At the time, our medical respiratory ICU had a centralized mass spectrometer that sampled patient gases and was absolutely crucial to the patient care provided by this unit. As such, our CE department was extremely sensitive to the importance of this system and always did our best to keep it functional.  Despite these efforts, the system experienced a critical component failure that shut down the entire system.  While we immediately and frantically sought a replacement part, the only source was from the European OEM.  All we could do was wait.  Understandably, the MRICU staff was blasting us regularly to get the system up and running NOW – but all we could offer was that ‘the part is on order’.  Well after about two weeks the unit’s pulmonologist medical director understandably lost it and convened an administrative meeting where I was summoned to come and explain what the *^*uk was going on.  Knowing that I was about to get verbally castrated, I reviewed the past two years of service history on this device – with our early, now primitive, but still very effective CMMS, and was not surprised but most comforted to see that we had somewhere around an 85% same-day service response on this device. Yes, over the prior two years, every time this device went down, our staff had it up and running within the same day 85% of the time.  I made a simple histogram plot of this metric and brought it to the meeting.  As expected, the first half of the meeting was spent ripping me and my extremely dedicated and competent staff a host of new orifices.  I then brought out my service histogram – and in a less than an appropriate and tactful manner (as I was a bit pissed by this time) –  said something to the effect “if you can find anyone to service this machine better than we have been doing - bring them in”.  That ended the meeting with the medical director still upset but he also seemed to come away with an entirely new appreciation and respect for what we and our silent warrior BMET’s had been doing.

Indeed, the better in-house CE departments become the more invisible they also tend to appear.  Maybe, it is this twisted irony that will eventually best define us but also emerge as one of our greatest liabilities as well . . . ?;  nonetheless, happy Global CE day to us all.​

August 06
"The Bleeding Edge" ... A must see documentary for anyone involved in medical technology acquisition, use and support - Steve Grimes

After serving more than four decades as a clinical engineer and in related industry roles, I’ve become and remain a great believer in the benefit of the proliferating technological advances in the field of medicine.  I do believe we have the possibility of our offering higher quality, lower cost health care to an ever growing portion of the world’s population.

However I am not naïve.  The hoped for benefits from technological advances are not guaranteed.  We need to be mindful that technological innovations are neither inherently positive … nor negative.  It is only in how they are applied that we see the true nature and benefit of those “advances.” 

Netflix’ recently released its original documentary, The Bleeding Edge.  Everyone in the healthcare industry, including clinical engineers and other healthcare technology professionals, should watch this documentary.  It is a cautionary tale of how technological advances in medicine can go horribly wrong when we become blindly enamored with innovation, profits, and unfettered deregulation.   Most who buy into the adoption of these technological advances do so with the best of intent.  A smaller but still influential number are more focused on the industry growth and profitably. 

We as clinical engineers and healthcare technology professionals must ensure we are the voice of reason when selecting which new technologies to adopt and that we make clear what exactly must be done to deploy and support new technologies that are adopted. 

The Bleeding Edge is a reminder that it is the patient we are truly here to serve … and it is the patient who ultimately benefits … or suffers … based on how we and our other colleagues in medical device manufacturing, regulation and healthcare delivery do our jobs.

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July 11
The American College of Clinical Engineering Code of Ethics

In the fulfillment of our duties Clinical Engineers will: 

·      Hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public.

·      Improve the efficacy and safety of healthcare through the application of Technology.

·      Support the efficacy and safety of healthcare through the acquisition and exchange of information and experience with other engineers and managers.

·      Manage healthcare technology programs effectively and resources responsibly.

·      Accurately represent their level of responsibility, authority, experience, knowledge and education and perform services only in their area of competence.

·      Maintain confidentiality of patient information as well as proprietary employer or client information, unless doing so would endanger public safety or violate any legal obligations.

·      Not engage in any activities that are conflicts of interest or that provide the appearance of conflicts of interest and that can adversely affect their performance or impair their professional judgment.

·      Conduct themselves honorably and legally in all their activities.​

July 02
Growing up with ACCE - Arif Subhan

​I have grown up with ACCE. It was 1991 when I had the privilege of being the student of David Bell and Philip Katz (founding members of ACCE) who introduced me to ACCE and the profession of Clinical Engineering at Drexel University.

Personally and professionally, I have immensely benefited from ACCE membership. Over the years, many ACCE members have mentored and inspired me to be a better Clinical Engineer. Serving as committee chair gave me opportunity to develop my communication, presentation and team building skills, as a Board members and President I got the opportunity to network with key leaders in our profession around the world.

May 30
Membership with a total focus on Clinical Engineering - Jim Caporali

If you are a Clinical Engineer or involved in the daily management of medical devices, you must invest in ACCE membership.  No other organization offers a professional network dedicated to Clinical Engineering.  Networking, opportunities to serve and give back to the profession, and the knowledge base of this group is phenomenal!!!​

May 22
Joining ACCE is good for you and for the profession - Michele Manzoli

Joining ACCE has been for me natural and without too much thinking. I was a member of the Italian Association of Clinical Engineers (also founded in the early 1990s), and I already had the chance to appreciate benefits and opportunities related to the membership. When I moved to the States, I was actually very excited to have the opportunity to connect with those who I call "the superstars" of our field. Aside from the representation of our interests to agencies and governmental entities, the numerous educational offers, and the several discounts, I believe the greatest benefit consists in the network of top-notch professionals from all over the country (actually, the world) sharing the same passion and commitment. That's why I always try to attend the ACCE meeting/awards receptions, to catch up with "old" colleagues and meet new ones, in a joyful and celebratory atmosphere. ​

May 22
​ACCE helped me as a young careerist by providing opportunities to get involved and engaged early on - Samantha Herold

ACCE helped me as a young careerist by providing opportunities to get involved and engaged early on. I joined the Educational Committee and was able to network with other professionals, participate in planning educational seminars, and host webinars. All of the skills gained from these activities translated extremely well to my career and have helped in my success.​

May 21
ACCE International – German Giles

​Being one of the many ACCE members around the world, my experience has been always of continuum support from/to other members. The ACCE International Workshops are Great opportunities to learn and share experiences with colleagues; Collaboration initiatives in the field, working with all stakeholders (World Health Organization/ Ministries of Health/ Universities/ Hospitals/ Clinical-Biomedical Engineers/ Physicians/ Nurses/ Manufacturers); A good way to get updated on Healthcare Technologies around the world and to Meet new friends.

Your ACCE membership will give you a recognized place, being part of it.​

May 19
​Being active in ACCE is one of several activities that has helped me have a long and fulfilling career as a clinical engineer - Ted Cohen

Being active in ACCE is one of several activities that has helped me have a long and fulfilling career as a clinical engineer. ACCE’s focus on Clinical Engineering separates it from other organizations and makes it a most worthwhile organization to be an active  member of.  Although I have spent many hours on ACCE activities, including Newsletter editor, CCE Prep instructor, speaking at conferences, active member of several committees, Board of Directors, and much more, I have always felt that I received more from my various professional activities than I gave. ACCE involvement offered me opportunities for growth and collaboration that would probably not have occurred without active membership. Over the years I have gained many great friendships and professional colleagues through ACCE and hope to continue those relationships into my “semi-retirement. Please join ACCE and help be part of the future of Clinical Engineering and ACCE.​

May 17
I feel more fulfilled in my career by being active with ACCE and look forward to continuing to work on HTM initiatives in the future - Arleen Thukral

ACCE is a valuable organization and provides a great community of clinical engineering professionals to its members. This year I had the pleasure of getting more involved with ACCE. I joined the ACCE Education committee and had the opportunity to help shape the educational opportunities this year through the ACCE Webinar Series and ACCE Cybersecurity symposium at AAMI. I worked on Data Access and Documentation HTCC sub-committee to audit policies against ISO/IEC 17024. I became an ACCE mentor. I also worked on the CCE Study Guide Task Force to rewrite some Body of Knowledge sections. I feel more fulfilled in my career by being active with ACCE and look forward to continuing to work on HTM initiatives in the future. ​

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