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October 18
Getting Involved for a Fulfilling Career and Great Circle of Support - Priyanka Upendra

​The American College of Clinical Engineering offers many benefits to the profession. For a young professional like me, it has made it possible to have a fulfilling career full of learning from seasoned, young, and new clinical engineers and also to build a great circle of support. 

I had the privilege to learn about ACCE as a biomedical engineering student in Bangalore, India from Dr. Purna Prasad, and of course, Dr. Malcolm Ridgway - many chapters I studied in my courses were either written by him or referenced his work among the many ACCE Founding Members. 

I was fortunate to be an ACCE member a few years ago. Over these last few years, many ACCE members have mentored me and inspired me to learn, to serve, and to build innovative patient care solutions. I had the honor of serving as a Board Member-at-Large last year and now, as the ACCE Secretary. 

The friendships you build through ACCE and its very passionate community will go a long way in building a fulfiling career and great circle of support. 

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 21
Ever since I joined ACCE, my career has felt much more grounded and guided – Ismael Cordero 

Ever since I joined ACCE, my career has felt much more grounded and guided.  The amazing educational and networking activities provided by ACCE have been a critical component of my professional development. It has been an absolute pleasure to have volunteered at ACCE as a board member, an International Committee member, and as co-editor of its newsletter for several years. Now that I am travelling much less I look forward to volunteering again. ACCE is always very responsive to the needs of its members and feels more like family than an organization.  I am very grateful and proud to be a member of ACCE!​

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