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Sessions Benefit Health Care Professionals

Staff report

The wildly popular Webinar Wednesday Series continues to provide top-notch education and valuable ACI-approved credits. The most recent sessions included a variety of topics of interest to health care professionals.

Contact Tracing Essentials

The June 17 Sonitor-sponsored presentation “Contact Tracing Essentials: RTLS Provides Critical Data to Help Regain Confidence & Safety by Automating Contact Tracing” was eligible for 1 credit from the ACI.

In a world where contact tracing is now essential, Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) can provide the necessary insights and data needed to seamlessly trace the path and reduce the spread of infection. Teams from Sonitor, Infor Location Based Intelligence (formerly Intelligent InSites) and Sanford Health focused on how RTLS can automate contact tracing and the value it is bringing to Sanford Health to help ensure staff and patient safety.

The webinar was popular with 245 registrations and 167 attendees for the live presentation.

Attendees shared feedback via a post-webinar survey that included the question “How well did the content that was delivered match what you were promised when you registered?”

“I learned more about the technology trends in the industry,” Biomedical Engineer M. Mappes said.

“It was as stated, but information started me thinking in a direction that I had not considered before which was good,” Project Manager M. Coker said.

“Interesting to learn about the technology used in contact tracing,” shared Biomedical Engineer O. Canna.

“The presenters were well prepared and informative,” said Biomed II J. Clark.

“Informative especially now, as it’s really useful to trace those affected by the pandemic,” said Biomedical Engineer E. Gonzales.

“Great blend of practical use of everything included in the webinar,” Field Service Engineer K. Saager said.

“Good insight on using tracking for COVID/staff tracking,” said F. Yasnowski, CE quality analyst.

Medical Device Risk Scoring

The presentation “Don’t Take Risks With Medical Device Risk Scoring” made 255 individual eligible to receive 1 credit from the ACI. The webinar, sponsored by Nuvolo, pushed Webinar Wednesday past the 5,000 mark for registration in 2020!

In the webinar, industry experts Matt Baretich, PE, PhD, and Carol Davis-Smith, CCE, FACCE, AAMIF, discussed the need for an industry-wide methodology to accurately determine the risk of medical devices. Determining the risk a medical device poses to patients or staff should it malfunction is not only a regulatory requirement. It can be used to determine work order prioritization, hazard alert response, AEM eligibility and equipment replacement needs.

With so many medical equipment management plan decisions being based on this important safety metric, it’s necessary for HTM organizations to use a risk scoring method that accurately determines risk at a point in time as it tracks changes in risk over time.

The presenters also discussed the need for organizations to standardize how they determine risk so that there is a universal understanding of the safety implications of classes of devices, and improved ability to audit and benchmark.

The winner of a Webinar Wednesday T-shirt given away during the live webinar was Scott Gillett of Baylor, Scott & White in Texas. Another lucky attendee, Kevin Davis of ERD LLC, won a gift card.

The 255 attendees provided feedback via a post-webinar survey that included the question, “How will today’s webinar help you improve in your role?”

“It was interesting to get a different take on risk scoring,” said M. Hoffman, CBET.

“We are migrating to a new CMMS right now. This will help me assess the way we’ve been assigning risk to devices and decide if we should do something new,” Clinical Engineer M. Van Donsil said.

“I agree that we need to be constantly evaluating all equipment for current risk assessment levels. Many merits, as mentioned, are still based on a 30-year-old system. We need to rethink potential risk and hazards on not only the older machines, but the newer technology that is constantly changing is very important. The presentation was an eye opener for sure, and I liked the simple format used as an example that we all can use. I personally feel that if we do not step up that things will eventually bite us,” said B. Hayes, CBET III.

“It will provide a good introductory resource to help explain our AEM and risk assessment policies to team members,” said J. Walsh, operations manager.

“It is very important that everyone in our industry stays up to date with ever-evolving guidelines, standards and best practices. This webinar covered some key elements regarding risk and AEM programs,” Owner/BMET K. Davis said.

“It gave me a better understanding of the challenges that HTM faces, and the logic that is used regarding risk factors and PM completion rates,” said H. Tucker, principal FES Technical Services.

“Puts many things in perspective as related to risk assessing our medical equipment. I always enjoy hearing the visionary perspective of Matt and Carol. They have a way to find gems that I can take back and apply in my position,” Clinical Engineering Director G. Schneider said.

For more information about the Webinar Wednesday series, including a calendar of upcoming sessions and recordings of previous presentations, visit WebinarWednesday.Live.

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