Medical Equipment Technician

Medical Equipment Technician

Medical Equipment Technician :
As with virtually any other career in the world today, the healthcare industry has increasingly replaced numerous manual processes with electronic equipment. Different types of biomedical equipment nowadays play an important part in every step of the treatment process.

Considering the critical role that biomedical equipment serves, making sure that the equipment is operated correctly and maintenance is done properly can mean the difference between saving the life of a patient and losing it. Medical equipment techs or technicians are armed with the specialized knowledge and skills required to ensure that the machines are operated efficiently and effectively.

The specific tasks of a biomedical equipment tech will vary from one healthcare institution to another. That said, the technician will be expected to continuously check on equipment, provide instructions to other medical staff on how to operate it and to ensure that repairs are carried out whenever needed.

Precision is the hallmark of bio equipment and technicians are relied on to check on and appropriately adjust equipment calibration – precise readings are a fundamental cornerstone of making correct diagnosis, prescription and treatment.

To make sure that nothing falls through the cracks, a technician must maintain a detailed log of all maintenance and repair activities on each piece of equipment.

But the technician of medical equipment is not only a technical person solely focused on the smooth operation of the equipment – they must also have the capacity to understand how the equipment relates to patient treatment as this is the only way that they can provide advice to other medical staff on the appropriate way to use the equipment.

Training of other staff covers proper handling as well as safety procedures that must be paid heed to when operating the equipment. When working in a hospital or other healthcare facility, the technician is considered the in house subject matter expert on managing biomedical equipment.

The term biomedical equipment covers a wide range of devices found in a healthcare facility including defibrillators, x-ray machines, ultrasound, computerized axial tomography (CAT) scanners, heart monitors, electric wheelchairs and voice operated machines.

In their day to day activities, Medical equipment techs will often make use of multi-meters, soldering irons, specialized diagnostic hardware and software.

So what skills do you need if want to work as a biomedical equipment technician?

First, you must have a high sense of patient-awareness as your work will involve a great deal of patient interaction.

A biomedical equipment technician is also a fairly demanding role where you can expect to be called upon to provide support at almost any time – it is not unusual for a biomedical equipment technician to be asked to check vital signs during a procedure.

You can expect to work in a team environment that will also include doctors, nurses and radiologists.

You will spend a lot of time working with patients and they will spend a lot of time with you. For this reason, it is very important that you feel comfortable in your role as you will need to work very closely with your patients.

You will need to have excellent communication skills as you will talk to your patients on a daily basis.

You must be prepared to get your hands dirty, so you must be able to take instructions properly.

You must have an in depth knowledge of the operation of medical equipment and the physiology and anatomy of patients.