Brief History of the Department of Biomedical Engineering
(i) The Department was created in 1996 with five members of staff. The emerging digital technology at that time made its creation necessary. Before this time, it was known as the Electro-medical Unit under the Instruments Department. Most medical devices were more of mechanical principles and less of electronics and so do not require high technology unlike now when its microprocessors and computer based.
This Department was formerly known as Biomedical Electronics Instruments Department until Tuesday 16th August 2016 when it was renamed Biomedical Engineering Department.
However, we seek to close the gap between Engineering and Medicine. This is achieved through the application of engineering principles, design concepts to medicine and biology. It is pertinent to say that this department carries out the preventive and corrective maintenance on medical devices as well as keeping inventory, supervising and ensuring safety regulation standards on all medical equipment in the hospital.
The Department has technical presence in the following areas:
- Owena Dialysis Centre
- Dental Centre
- Radiology Department
- Central Sterile Supply Department (CSSD)
- Main and Auxiliary Theatres and ICU
- Theatre Sterile Supply Unit, (TSSU)
- Emergency Department
- Clinics and Wards
To foster a well-planned and managed maintenance program that will ensure that all medical devices are safe, reliable and available for use when needed for diagnostic, therapeutic, treatment and monitoring purposes.
The Department has been closely involved in expansion projects over the years. It was also intimately involved in the equipment modernization project of Federal Government of Nigeria through VAMED Nigeria Limited. It was the biggest hospital equipment project ever carried out and the department was actively involved in the assembly, installation and user’s training. The Department took over the maintenance of this equipment after the expiration of the maintenance service contract with VAMED which was for a period of five years. Some of this equipment is still in use while most have been replaced due to old age.
(iv) Mission Statement
- To ensure electrically safe and functional equipment for patients, visitors and hospital employees through a program of continuing inspection, testing, and repairs of patients care equipment, regardless of ownership, and assistance with in service training.
- To act as a resource in selecting new patient care equipment and fulfilling manufacturers’ recalls as needed.
(v) Services offered
- We see ourselves as MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY EXPERTS, Pre-purchase Evaluations, Consulting Buy lines, Equipment Recommendations, Purchasing assistance, Service Options Manuals, other Service Media, Training Classes, Specialized Equipment, Incoming Inspections, Service Equipment, Parts inventory, Specialized Test Equipment, Contract Management, Service Negotiations and administration, User (In-Service) Training, Regular Preventive Maintenance/Safety/Performance Testing/Calibrations, Corrective Work orders (Repairs) and Safety enforcements.
- Others are Equipment Installations, Recalls and Alerts, Obsolescence Notifications, Replacement Recommendations, International Biomedical Networking, User Error Tracking, Equipment History on every device “Regardless of Ownership”.
Consultation of Equipment Incidents, Members Safety Committee.
- Medical Equipment
- Environment of Care
- Patient Safety
- Point of Care
- Radiation Safety-Construction Projects.
- Clinical Products Evaluation