AAMI/FDA Summit on Ventilator Technology Address Quality System Challenges

November 21, 2014

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) convened at the recently held Summit on Ventilator Technology and provided healthcare professionals comprehensive guidance in addressing system challenges on mechanical ventilation. The summit focused on improving the safety and effectiveness of ventilator technology used in operating rooms, critical care units, and other settings.

Biomed Monthly – Jult 2014

The AAMI/FDA summit identified three distinct areas that are essential to advance overall patient care. The issues addressed include promoting a culture of safety, common taxonomy and nomenclature terminology, and professional training on biomedical devices. Participants who are comprised of clinicians, healthcare professionals, regulators, and representatives from medical device manufacturing companies shared their areas of expertise and best practices to avoid occurrence of near misses and other incidents.

“Healthy work environments don't just happen,” said Connie Barden, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Chief Clinical Officer. “The onus is on us as leaders to promote a culture of safety,” she added.

The summit also discussed the significance of having standardized nomenclature and taxonomy to optimize safety and efficacy in medical procedures and to further avoid confusion on emerging ventilator modes. Healthcare technology experts also highlighted the need for ventilators applications training to boost one’s knowledge and proficien/biomed-associations.htmlcy in mechanical ventilation. AAMI concluded that medical devices training should be measurable, goal-oriented, consistent, testable for retention, practiced in both simulation, and in direct application to establish cooperation within industry.

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) is one the biomedical engineering associations that supports the healthcare community in the development, management, and application of safe and effective medical technology. Likewise, AIV is also dedicated to providing support to the clinical engineering field across the U.S. and worldwide. To learn more about the biomedical and healthcare technology management associations AIV supports, visit www.aiv-inc.com/biomed-associations.html today.

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Laura Collier

Laura Collier

Laura Collier has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Florida. She is the Marketing Manager at AIV, Inc.

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