Students complete multiple projects in the biomedical instrumentations lab. Each project gets progressively more difficult as students learn to troubleshoot increasingly more sophisticated medical instruments.
Projects typically include, but are not limited to, the following:
Service Manual Project
Before students can learn how to repair medical devices, they must first understand the terminology and methods of medical equipment service manuals. Early on in the lab, students learn how to troubleshoot, calibrate and service medical devices using several different types of commonly found service manuals. In addition, students learn how to use NFPA-99 and AAMI standards while testing and calibrating instrumentations. Using these standards, students learn how to measure the currents and linkage of a device, and how to troubleshoot any potential problems.
Electrosurgical Unit (ESU)
ESU’s are robotic arms that doctors use instead of the traditional scalpel to make incisions. ESU’s are making their way into many modern hospitals and allow doctors to perform certain surgeries remotely. Students learn how to repair and calibrate Monopolar ESU Devices, which are the kind of ESU instruments that doctors use to make cuts to the skin and organs.
Infusion Pumps with Smart Technology
If you haven’t heard the word “Smart Technology” before, you’ve probably at least seen it in action; home automation companies frequently use it to allow residents to control their thermostats and alarms from the convenience of their phone. Smart Technology is in hospitals too. One of the more frequent places you might see it is in Infusion Pumps. Infusion Pumps with Smart Technology allow for the pumps to be programmable to make sure patients not only get the right kind of drugs, but also the right amount of it. In this project, students calibrate and repair infusion pumps.