Medical Devices

Clinical Engineering and its specialist teams:

  • Critical Care (CC)
  • Therapies & Diagnostics (D&T)
  • Theatres & Anaesthetics (T&A)

Medical Devices for the University Hospital Plymouth NHS Trust, which involves the acquisition, maintenance, repair, decommissioning and disposal of these Devices. Under the European Directive 2007/47/ec medical devices are defined as: any instrument, apparatus, appliance, software, material or other article that is used alone or in combination, including software specifically for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes, that the manufacturer intends for use in human beings. Such devices are used for:

  • Diagnosis, prevention, monitoring, treatment, or alleviation of disease
  • Diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, alleviation of, or compensation for an injury or handicap
  • Investigation, replacement, or modification of the anatomy or of a physiological process
  • Control of conception

In general Clinical Engineering only deals in the first two of these, however this encompasses a wide variety of devices, large and small including beds, trolleys and other patient support devices.

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