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Clinical Engineering in NB Recognized for Innovation


Service New Brunswick’s Clinical Engineering branch was recently recognized as a finalist for ECRI Institute's 11th annual Health Devices Achievement Award. Clinical Engineering utilized a concept called critical percentage to better improve completion rates of inspection and preventative maintenance (IPM) on medical devices throughout the province.

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Affiliation with CMBES

altIn May 2015 ACCES (Atlantic Canada Clinical Engineering Society) and CMBES (the Candian Medical and Biological Engineering Society) signed a MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) between out two Societies.

CMBES is Canada's principal society for engineering in medicine and biology. It is a member of Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) and affiliated with the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE).

The Society's aims are twofold: scientific and educational: directed toward the advancement of the theory and practice of medical device technology; and professional: directed toward the advancement of all individuals in Canada who are engaged in interdisciplinary work involving engineering, the life sciences and medicine.

The purpose of the agreement is foster collaberation and communication between our Societies, and realize common goals to the benefit of all of our Societies’ members.alt

This agreements provides CMBES members a reduced price Affilate Membership With ACCES. This membership is only $12.50 a %50 diwscount of our Regular membership fee of $25.

To Join or Renew using the Affiliated Membership please contact our Director of Membership. After verification of your membership with CMBES he will provide you a link to our Affilate Membership sign up page.

icon Memoradum of Understanding Between ACCESS and CMBES (291.33 kB)

Mike, Come in……..Over

This month’s Spotlight features Mike Smith from the Fredericton Area. Although Mike didn’t always live in the area as he was originally born in Goose bay, Labrador in 1963. At the age of three though he packed up (or his parents did) and the family moved back to Fredericton, their home city.

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ACCES Supports Help for Haiti

In late October, one of our very own clinical engineering technologists, Patrick Clarke, went on a special trip: he joined a volunteer task force made up of nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals from Newfoundland committed to delivering and improving healthcare in Haiti by getting involved with Team Broken Earth. ACCES was glad to offer some financial support in the form of a $300 donation for Patrick and his volunteer group’s mission, which he was glad to share with us once he got back “…a little tired but a better person for having been there”.

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Defining a Medical Device in Clinical Engineering

Medical devices have been used in hospitals even before clinical engineering or biomedical engineering departments ever existed. However, a clear definition of “medical device” consistent with Clinical Engineering’s scope of services is a bit more difficult to come by. This article has been put together to explore the different definitions that exist for medical devices, and how these can be applied to Clinical Engineering (CE).

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ACCES Strategic Directions

  • Our mission is to support clinical engineering professionals working in Atlantic Canada. We strive to develop and promote opportunities for continuing education, personal growth, sharing of experience, adoption of standards of practice, and certification. To achieve these goals, the directors developed a 4 year strategic plan to help focus our energies.
  • With your assistance in our member poll and a facilitator, the ACCES directors identified 4 strategic directions with priorities and timelines assigned to each.
  • We hope these directions align with your view of what a successful Clinical Engineering Society looks like and we welcome any feedback you have on the direction of your society. Please contact any of the Executive via the information on our contact page.

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Thank You from a Retiring President

On May 9th, at the midpoint of the Saint John conference at our Annual General Meeting, I officially retired as the President of ACCES. The past 7 years have been a roller coaster of challenges and exciting triumphs, for the original foundation committee, and then the new Executive Board of the Society.  I leave the post with a lifetime worth of great memories and a sense of tremendous accomplishment. We have created a healthy and vibrant organization where nothing existed before.

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Certification for Biomedical Technicians and Technologists in Atlantic Canada

The International Certification Commission provides formal recognition for Clinical Engineering and Biomedical Technology. Certification as a Biomedical Engineering Technician or Technologist (CBET) demonstrates excellence in theoretical as well as practical knowledge of the principles of biomedical equipment technology and the underlying physiologic principle, and the practical, safe, clinical application of biomedical equipment. His/her capabilities may include installation, calibration, inspection, preventative maintenance, repair, modification, design and development of general biomedical and related technical equipment, and in equipment control, safety and maintenance. It also demonstrates a strong commitment to your professional career.

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Webinar Thankyou

Lean by Design 

Presented by Kathy Winter

Sponsored by GE Healthcare & ACCES

Thanks to GE & Kathy for presenting this very topical Webinar. Also a special thanks to all those that attended this Webinar. With your support we had a record number of attendees just over 100.

Click here to see more information on this Webinar.

The regular members of ACCES (those in Atlantic Canada) are eligible for our learn and win program. All you need to do is complete our simple Quiz on this Webinar within the next 7 days

Click here to go directly to this Quiz.

For those Associate members (those outside Atlantic Canada) you can still complete the Quiz and our website will generate a beautiful certificate suitable for printing framing and/or continuing education requirements.

For those non members that are curious about the quiz and would like to give it a try, just create an account on our website. Once you complete the sign up process you will receive an account activation link at the Email address you provided. By following this link you will get one free visit to our website. During your visit feel free to try the quiz and take a look around our website. It is our hope that you like what you learn about ACCES and will consider joining our Society.

Lift Load and Accessories Available

altThe Health Association Nova Scotia (HANS) Clinical Engineering Service is pleased to announce we are now able to offer our Lift Load Mark III and accessories for sale to other CE groups. We have been developing the product for more than 3 years, in conjunction with Stantec Engineering and Quality Machining, and it is now a mature and professional platform and warrantied for a full year from time of delivery. We have 5 of these in service with our teams and have just shipped our first system and accessories to the Regina General Hospital.

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