May 23 – 29 is National Biomedical/Clinical Engineering Appreciation Week! Help them help you - RTLS makes a great gift.
National Biomedical/Clinical Engineering Appreciation Week is an annual celebration specifically designed to promote the awareness of—and appreciation for—biomedical and clinical engineering professionals. These healthcare professionals are responsible for servicing and maintaining the medical technology you use in your hospital to treat patients every day. Repairing, calibrating and performing preventive maintenance on thousands of medical devices is a constant challenge. Locating equipment and linking to preventive maintenance schedules with RTLS can minimize out-of-service time and improve your staff’s work environment.
Consider this recent story from one of Awarepoint’s RTLS clients:
At University of Toledo Medical Center (UTMC) – their infusion pump vendor had a recall on pumps that would require software upgrades to all their pumps/modules. The vendor allocated 4 guys for 5 days. Using Skytron Asset Manager, powered by Awarepoint to locate all the pumps they were done in 2.5 days with 100% coverage. The company claims they have never had 100% coverage in any facility! In and out with minimal disruption….
Real-time location of assets improves patient care, increases staff productivity and minimizes out-of-service time.
Besides implementing RTLS, consider these innovative ways to celebrate developed by the Association for Advancement of Medical Instrumentation’s (AAMI) Technology Management Council (TMC):
Download a 2010 National Biomedical/Clinical Engineering Appreciation Week poster here. You can also edit the text or use Adobe Photoshop to insert your own photos into this editable version of the poster.
News Releases — Customize and send this sample press release to your local newspaper or other media outlets.
Get Creative — How you celebrate this special week is only limited by your imagination. Consider one of these creative efforts tested out by other colleagues.
Give your biomedical / clinical engineering staff a big hug this week, and let us know how you are celebrating.
~ Valerie Fritz