Clinical engineers provide clinical skills such as extracorporeal circulation, blood purification, and artificial respiration. Also supervise the medical equipment in the hospital to ensure efficiency and safety in medical care.
1. Medical Equipment Management
We use the ME equipment management system to manage a large number of medical devices (infusion pump, syringe pump, patient monitoring devices, etc.).
2. Extracorporeal circulation
Operations management of artificial cardiopulmonary bypass device, myocardial protection fluid supply device, and autologous blood collection device during cardiovascular surgery. We also provide extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for severe circulatory failure and respiratory failure.
3. Blood purification
In blood purification (hemodialysis, plasma exchange, etc.) for neonates, childrens and adults, all patients are transferred to the wards for safe treatment.
4. Artificial respiration
We are in charge of the central management of all ventilators and high-flow therapy devices in the hospital, and handle setup, ventilator circuit replacement, ventilator maintenance, and problems during use.
We also participate in hospital rounds as a member of the RST (respiratory support team) to ensure safety during ventilator use.
5. Home mechanical ventilation
We select the model and prepare the ventilator circuit so that the patient can use the use the ventilator safely at home, and provide guidance until the family learns how to use the equipment and construct the circuit, and can make sufficient self-judgements and cope with the situation. We also provide consultation after discharge from the hospital.
6. Other duties
Fetal treatment in obstetrics, such as fetoscopic laser photocoagulation of placental communicating vessels (FLP) for twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) ,radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for twin reversed arterial perfusion sequence of acardiac twins, and fetal thoracic amniotic shunt tube placement, etc.; cardiac catheterization and treatment in pediatric cardiology, such as cardiac electrophysiology (EPS) , percutaneous catheter myocardial ablation, checking the function of cardiac pacemakers; nitric oxide inhalation therapy for pulmonary hypertension, and hypoxia inhalation therapy with nitrogen for congenital heart diseases with high pulmonary flow.
7. In-house education and medical safety activities
In-house training sessions on medical equipment, ventilator handling, medical gases, etc., will be held. We analyze the causes of incident cases related to medical equipment, artificial respiration, and medical gases, and formulate counter measures in cooperation with the Medical safety office. Information on the safety of medical equipment, recalls, warnings, etc. is disseminated through- out the hospital.
The staff consists of the center director (chief anesthesiologist) , nine clinical engineers, and one administrative assistant.