CE Ideal Design
Guidelines for Design the Ideal Clinical Engineering Department
- Where is the department today and where will it is in 10 years?
- How do I design space to meet that future functional and expansion requirements?
- Where is the department located in relation to other support services?
Consider the following:
- Typical functions for a modern clinical engineering department probably include as and when required some or all of the following spaces:
- Technician’s workspace
- Manager office
- Administrative / clerical space
- File storage
- Equipment decontamination area
- Parts storage
- Receiving / packing area
- Mechanical work area
- Special hazards (radiation, lasers, etc.) work area
- Conference / educational area
- Secure FDA IT server area
- Break area
- Locker room
average space per technician should be 120 SF(square feet) 11.15 SM(square
electricity, medical gas (oxygen, high pressure nitrogen, suction, medical and
lab air, nitrous oxide, and scavenging), network, etc... for each workbench or
per space area as required.
power receptacles—at bench top height.
telephone and two data outlets per bench location. Add more data, phone, and
power than you think you need. Some receptacles should be on emergency power
lighting on a couple of switches so a technician can be adjusting a monitor,
without the entire shop being in the dark. Some lighting should be on emergency
basic safety features such as eye wash station and hand wash sink in the main
conditioning and ventilation should be designed to reflect the number of
equipment items that may be undergoing repair at one time in the shop. This is
typically more than would be specified based on the number of staff and square
more space for future expansion and manpower increase.
- It is
also appropriate to add space for one or two spare bench/s to support outside
vendors, interns, and trainees.
manager’s office should be attached to the shop and separated via a door with
120 square feet.
area for a secretary or someplace to store documents, phones, photocopier,
computers, mail boxes, etc.
consider space where to store paper files, file cabinets, service manuals, etc.
should be a dedicated receiving area - requires significant space about 240
square feet- for receiving and unpacking new equipment. Consider oversize or
double doors to provide access to this area.
technical library area should be large enough to accommodate a conference
table, projector, and screen (Operation manuals, service manuals, etc.) need to
be on shelves in the clinical engineering department.
area depending on your storage needs is about 200 square feet.
bench area, you will need grinder, drill press, and bench vise with a good
six-foot work surface—so the mechanical bench is another 100 or so square feet.
space for lockers and lounge area for staff. This area should include a
microwave, refrigerator, and place for staff to eat (away from their
workbenches) to place lab coats, winter coats, boots, purses, etc. If you have
a large staff, consider a dedicated changing area and locker room.
space for maintaining anesthesia machines, respiratory ventilators, portable
radiographic units, lasers, OR tables, or fluoroscopic C-Arms. Ensure you have
added the space to work on these larger items. This may be additional space in
the main technician area or a separate room.
specialized room for the servers and other technical IT infrastructure the
clinical engineering department is responsible for. If there is not currently
secure server space specific to devices, this would be an appropriate time to
consider creating such a space. This space should have adequate air
conditioning, emergency power, and other features as any specific server space
in the hospital.
- It is
recommended to not have permanent work benches installed. Purchase good work
benches that are “mobile” so their configuration can be changed as the services
the department provide change. This assures maximum future space efficiency.
Clinical Engineering Workplace Layout
Equipment & Other Resources:
- Test & Repair Equipment
- Digital Multimeter
- Electronic Thermometer
- Electronic Pressure/Vacuum Gauge
- ECG Analyzer
- Defibrillator Analyzer
- Electrosurgical Unit Analyzer
- Gas Analyzer
- Electrical Safety Analyzer
- Pacemaker Analyzer
- Hand Tools
- Office Equipment
- Technical Library
Technical Library is a special library that is neither an academic nor school library, nor a public library. Technical library contain all user and service manuals for all medical equipment in the hospital that are not usually open to the public for use. It is for the clinical engineering and user medical/clinical department staff as a reference and guide for the medical equipment technical and operational concern. It would be arranged and categorized differently according to the equipment types, models and/or manufacturers. It is recommended to be staffed by a technical librarian with a knowledge of medical equipment.
As most of the manufacturers are producing their manuals as pdf files nowadays; the library would be beneficial if it is digitally stored with technical library index for easy accessible to all staff through hospital network. The library should include but not limited to:
- Reference Books
- Equipment Manuals,
- Reference Guides,
- Subscriptions to Journals, Services
- Office Furnishings
- File Cabinets
- Shelving Units
- Storage Cabinets