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HLTH 095 OL1 Patient Care Equipment & Technology – Tobey Clark

Learning Objectives and Methods


This course is an introduction into patient care technology - the environment, a background review of the human body
and technical principles, and a specific focus on medical devices commonly found at the bedside in intensive care units.
The goals are to help students improve device application, safety, and reliability

Learning Objectives

1. Provide a basic understanding of the technology associated with advanced medical equipment systems.
2. Provide a methodology for participants to improve the safety and cost-effectiveness of advanced technologies
through proper use, an understanding of safety issues, and appropriate maintenance.
3. Help students better communicate with technical staff, other clinicians, administrators, and equipment
4. Develop the student’s interest, and prepare them for further study and more advanced application of the


The course will utilize web-based content including text, photos, diagrams, flow charts, other figures, video, audio, links
to other websites, and other web attributes to deliver content to students.

An ungraded pre-test on Academic Integrity and Copyright gives you the opportunity to try the Blackboard quiz format..
All graded quizzes and tests are "open book" - you are allowed to research questions using the Course Content modules.
However, there is a time limit on quizzes and tests. They must be completed in the allotted time.

It is important to review all content including all links in the Course Content topics. For quizzes and other assignments,
you are only responsible for the link to the linked webpage - not links off the webpage. An exception to this is when the
Course Content topic specifically states the responsibility, e.g. Go through all tutorials listed or Go to the Medical
Terminology page Medical Terminology Study Stack and go through the Flashcards to review prefixes and suffixes. Also,
some links specifically state that they are Optional and are typically in italics. These links will not be included in any
graded assignment.

A key element to success in the course is to follow the Course Schedule for dates of topics and quizzes. Many Content
Modules will have a reading assignment and a Discussion question on Day 1 and a Quiz or other assignment on Day 2. In
general, the Home Page and Discussion section should be checked every day. Reading ahead in the course is acceptable
and is recommended as some Content Modules are longer than others.

Ungraded chat rooms may be used at the instructor’s discretion to discuss issues in real time, answer questions about the
course, or for other communication.
The topics to be included for each medical technology covered in this course are:

 Device principles,
 Proper clinical application,
 Patient safety,
 Common device/technique problems and resolution
 Care, maintenance, and quality assurance, and
 Technology management

Supplemental Texts - Not Required

Andrew Webb, Introduction to Biomedical Imaging, John Wiley, 2003, ISBN 0-471-23766

Carr, J.C. and J.M. Brown, Introduction to Biomedical Equipment Technology, Prentice Hall, 2001, ISBN 0-13-01092-2

(Available from Amazon or other source)


Student Evaluation and Grading

 Five (5) Quizzes - each 6 points

There will be a five question quiz after completion of grouped topics. Quizzes will primarily be multiple choice,
True/False, and Matching Questions. There will be a time limit of 20 minutes for each quiz.
 Two (2) Exams - each 25 points
Exams will occur approximately half way through the course and at the end of the course. Each exam will cover
one half the course. Exams will be 75 minutes with 20-25 questions to complete.
 Five (5) Discussion Questions – each 4 points
The discussion board will be an important part of the course. Discussion topics will be presented and students
are asked to respond. Students are also expected to respond to at least one other student posting to the
discussion question.

Note, Review Exercises assignments which link to another website may be included in some course topics. Although
these will not be directly graded, quiz or exam questions may cover materials or tests included as part of these

Discussion guidelines

Role of discussion in meeting learning objectives

o Improve the students deeper understanding of course materials by facilitating the need to understand content
by drawing insight from it
o Stimulating a broad spectrum of learners to share their experiences and knowledge with others
o Allow additional content to be understood through discussion topics and related research
Discussion expectations

The discussion groups are an opportunity for you to express yourself related to topics, add a human factor to the course
– show a living being on the end of the wire, and to derive a deeper understanding of content, controversy, and the
value of networking with peers. Discussion groups bring life to the course!

Some guidelines

o Show respect for others and their thoughts, ideas and opinions
o Read the course content materials prior to responding. Prepare your discussion posts in a separate document
(offline in Word or other word processor) then cut and paste to the Discussion email.
o Meet the time and date requirements of the discussion post deadlines. This adds greatly to the value and
continuity of the posts
o The Discussion Assignment posts or responses should generally be at least 200 words.
o Please use references, links or other sources where appropriate to back up your statements or to provide
information of general class interest.

Discussion will be 20% of your grade. The grading will be based on quality of responses and timeliness. Quality factors
include value added to the course, enthusiasm, and understanding of the materials

Optional - Extra Credit Report

One written report - up to 5 points

An optional extra credit report on a topic of your choosing related to a medical device, technology, technology-related
procedure or system can be completed with a maximum added five (5) points to your grade.

The extra credit report is due on the last official class day. The report should be 10 pages of double spaced text. The
report should be completed in MS Word or Adobe PDF.

The sections of the report should include:

 Title page with title, course title, student's name and date
 Table of contents
 (Main body of the paper)
 Conclusion
 Bibliography

Criteria for grading will be:

Organization, Presentation, Creativity and originality, Quality and accuracy, Technical versus clinical content
(should have components of each), Format, grammar, spelling, etc,

Attach the report in an email to the instructor.

HLTH 195 OL1 Patient Care Equipment & Technology

Course Content and Assignments

Module Readings: Course Content Graded Assignment

1 – (title) Advanced Technology in Healthcare Discussion Question 1
2 - Imaging Imaging: Image Quality
2 – Imaging Imaging: Radiography
2 – Imaging Imaging: Fluoroscopy Quiz 1 – Image Quality,
Radiography and Fluoroscopy
2 – Imaging Imaging: Computed Tomography (CT) Discussion Question 2
2 – Imaging Imaging: Nuclear Medicine (NM) Quiz 2 – CT and NM
2 – Imaging Imaging: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
2 – Imaging Imaging: Ultrasound Discussion Question 3 – all
All readings/course content 1-2 Midterm Exam – separate into
content module
3 – Networks Medical Imaging Networks
3 – Networks Networks and Medical Device – IT interfaces Discussion Question 4
3 – Networks Electronic Medical Record &Telemedicine
4 – (title) Radiation Therapy Equipment (RT) Quiz 3 – Networks and RT
5 – Clinical Clinical Lab Equipment – Basic
5 – Clinical Clinical Lab Equipment – Advanced Quiz 4 – Clinical Lab
6 – Surgical Surgical Systems: Minimally invasive Discussion Question 5
6 – Surgical Surgical Systems: Electrosurgery
6 – Surgical Surgical Systems: Lasers Quiz 5 – Surgical systems
7 – (title) Physical Therapy Equipment
All readings/course content 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7 Final Exam – separate into
content module