WHO WE ARE
Biomedical Engineering Department is a team of Engineering professionals working in a clinical environment to resolve technology issues related to patient care, improvement in outcomes and cost effectiveness. The Biomedical Engineering Department functions and provides Engineering Services to a clinical environment supporting technology, clinicians and the patient technology interface to reduce risks, improve patient outcomes and enhance patient care in a cost effective manner. This is accomplished via cost effective maintenance, repair and acquisition of all clinical technology and proper management of clinical technology resources. It is the goal of the Biomedical engineering Department to be the technical liaison, reference and resource for all clinical equipment. The mission of the Biomedical Engineering Department is to provide knowledge, timely and cost effective quality service to clinicians in a professional and responsible manner to improve and enhance patient care by supporting all aspects of patients care related technology.
We see ourselves as Medical Technology Experts
To ensure electrically safe and functional equipment for patients, visitors, and hospital employees through a program of continuous inspection, testing and repairs of patient care equipment, regardless of ownership, and assistance with in-service training.
To act as a resource in selecting new patient care equipment and fulfilling manufacturer’s recalls as needed.
Our main customers are the direct caregivers of Kenyatta national Hospital. Other customers include:
- User departments
- Supplies Chain Department
- Regulatory authorities
- Ministry of Medical services
- Kenya Medical Training College
Our Biomedical Engineering department performs following functions to accomplish efficient equipment management.
Management and performance of Breakdown Maintenance (Repair) biomedical equipment.
Management and performance of Planned Preventive Maintenance of Biomedical equipment.
Calibration, Performance verification and certifications of Biomedical Equipment.
Utility certification: During installation of sophisticated equipment, Biomedical Engineers assess the utility needs of equipments viz. tonnage of AC, electrical power, drainage system required and prepare generate feasibility reports.
Planning & installation for all types of sophisticated Bio Medical Equipment.
Work-order, inventory of equipments, preventive maintenance schedule and technician time.
Participate in Pre purchase evaluation & Negotiations in Procurement: Analysis of equipment characteristics in clinical environment ensuring technical and clinical acceptability.
Incoming inspection of equipment: Using specialized testing tools and calibration of equipment for electrical safety, proper calibration and operational verification.
Planning and procurement of spare parts required for Corrective Maintenance (CM), Preventive Maintenance (PM) and Planned Preventive Maintenance (PPM).
Management of maintenance contracts: Analysis of equipment failure and assessment of repair cost, scheduling of repair/PM visits, documentation and monitoring of equipment uptime, review of maintenance contract in terms of quality and responsiveness of service provider to make decision on modification of service contract terms.
Equipment Retirement Process: Biomedical Engineers also determine the optimal lifespan of healthcare organization’s technology and its aging, out-modeled and inappropriately costly instrumentation is retired in accordance with a rational equipment replacement policy. Integral with this plan is the Biomedical Engineer’s role in advising whether to shift to a newer, more innovative technology or to stay with the tried and true one.
Assessed the status of medical equipment units at targeted locations including: staffing,
Availability of spare parts needed for maintenance and repair.
Carried out survey on status of medical equipment in (10) departments of the Hospital challenges.
Designing a database for managing inventory and aiding section managers in their maintenance, repair and/or spare parts procurement decisions
Physical rehabilitation of equipment calibration centre and biomedical store.
Furnish them with test equipment, maintenance tools and information needed for proper operation.
establishing of the medical equipment management and maintenance system.
Procure teaching and maintenance tool publication books, software and device, provide training for special equipment.
Minimize service contracts, filling gaps in human resources supervision and monitoring of projects.
Lack of Equipment Calibration Centre
Inadequately equipped and furnished Biomedical Engineering workshop and stores.
Sufficient secure workshop facilities (or maintenance rooms) equipped with suitable tools and test equipment
Adequate supplies of maintenance materials and spare parts stocked in suitably located stores.
Office space including adequate filling facilities and space for record-keeping
Adequate technical reference materials and access to information
Quality of health services improved and strengthened through establishing of the Medical Equipment Management and Maintenance system by focusing on the following:
Facilities and staff of the Biomedical Equipment Department
Capacity of Biomedical staff improved and enhanced through more specialized trainings