TOOLS FOR EMI MANAGEMENT IN HOSPITALS

 

        The Center for the Study of Wireless Electromagnetic Compatibility has many different ways that it can assist and educate hospitals and hospital personnel. The following is a list of what the Center offers:


  • C63.18 Seminar (2 days)

            The Center offers a 2-day seminar on the ANSI C63.18 Standard for on-site medical device testing. The standard is intended as a guide for hospital personnel and conducted by clinical/biomedical engineers. It allows hospitals to evaluate the RF immunity of in-stock and pre-purchase medical devices. The standard provides a test method for repeatable ad hoc EMC testing, which may be accomplished on-site at the hospital. It also provides guidance in the selection of the medical devices to be tested. The seminar will provide the clinical/biomedical engineers the knowledge they need to conduct the testing.

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    On-Site Training for C63.18

            The Center will travel to a hospital to explain and teach the ANSI C63.18 Standard for on-site medical device testing to the clinical/biomedical engineers of that hospital. The standard is intended as a guide for hospital personnel and conducted by clinical/biomedical engineers. It allows hospitals to evaluate the RF immunity of in-stock and pre-purchase medical devices. The standard provides a test method to improve the repeatability of ad hoc EMC testing. It also provides guidance in the selection of the medical devices to be tested. The Center will provide a customized one-day seminar on this standard to address the particular needs of a hospital.

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    Interactive Hospital Management Tutorial

            The tutorial software is separated into three sections: Tutorial, Glossary, and Incident Reports. The Tutorial is designed to provide a hospital policy developer with the basic information he/she needs to actually develop a policy. At the end of the tutorial is an example of a possible hospital EMI policy. The Glossary contains terms related to electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and/or the biomedical fields. The glossary can be browsed or searched by keyword. The Incident Reports section is a database of actual accounts of EMI with medical devices. These reports can be browsed or searched by keyword.

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    Hospital Simulator Prototype

            The EMC Center is developing a new software simulation program to assist medical centers in developing and evaluating hospital policies concerning medical and wireless devices. The program should help hospitals determine where medical devices should be located and if any limitations should be put on the use of wireless phones in the hospital. To accomplish this, the EMC Center is developing a sound, scientific methodology for evaluating the effects of management policies for the use of wireless devices in hospitals.

            Based on simulation of hospital operations, officials will be able to look at many factors that could affect interactions. The software provides several output values, including: the number of interactions, the probability that interactions will occur, the duration of the exposure, the magnitude and severity/ consequences of the interactions, and the location of the interactions.

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    Hospital Resource Manual

            The manual was designed to provide important information to assist in managing EMC issues in hospitals. Development of the hospital manual was funded by the CTIA.

            The hospital resource manual contains articles and information on recent research activities in the area of electromagnetic compatibility in healthcare, and is formatted so administrators, medical professionals, biomedical engineers, and hospital personnel can easily identify and access the sections most pertinent to their job function.

            The manual is made up of six chapters. The first four chapters include: an overview and objectives, a roadmap for each user type, a primary reference on the subject of the chapter, and abstracts of the related articles. The references are prioritized with "must read," "should read," and "can read" labels. In addition, the fifth chapter is a "Filing Cabinet" chapter. It contains complete copies of the more than 75 abstracted articles. Full references are provided. Finally, chapter six contains a list of Internet resources.

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    Hospital Report

            This report is addressed to hospital administrators and clinical engineers concerned with the effects of electromagnetic interaction of wireless devices with medical devices.

            This report gives an introduction to electromagnetic interference (EMI) and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), discussing general terminology, types of interference, and the ambient electromagnetic environment. Problem reports show the scope of EMI, and five general solutions are discussed: altering the coupling path, ad-hoc testing, identification of electromagnetic sources, education, and conformity to standards. A list of ten recommendations is also given for hospital administrators to manage EMI.

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    Hospital Management Seminar (half day)

            The Center offers a half-day seminar on EMI Management in Hospitals. The development of the seminar was funded by CTIA. The seminar is intended as a guide for hospital management to educate them on the realities of EMI in hospitals and to provide them the information so that they can develop an effective EMI management policy. The seminar includes sessions on the medical environment, radiated EMC problems in hospitals, EMC risks, C63.18 immunity testing standard, hospital EMC policy evaluation software, management solutions to EMC problems, and a success story.

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    Consulting Services

            The Center will provide on-site consulting to aid the hospitals in the area of EMI/EMC issues and policies.

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    Table of Costs for EMI Management in Hospitals Tools


    More Information

            For more information, or to receive any of these items or services, please contact:

    OU Wireless EMC Center
    Sarkeys Energy Center
    100 East Boyd, Suite R-208
    Norman, OK 73019
    Phone: (405) 325-2429
    Fax: (405) 325-2556
    E-mail: emc@ou.edu
    Webpage: www.ou.edu/engineering/emc
     
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