Confidentiality. Working in a health-care environment, clinical engineers and BMETs have access to information that must be kept confidential. If confidentiality is not adhered to credibility is soon lost.

For example, the following applies

Patient data must not be indiscriminately discussed.

Some service manuals are proprietary.

During the bid process in which new equipment is being purchased, bidder quotes and bid evaluations must not be shared with competitors.

Research activities must not be discussed until data are published.

Code of Ethics. The ACCE addresses these and other issues in their code of ethics (2), which states that a clinical engineer will act as follows:

• Strive to prevent a person from being at risk of injury due to dangerous or defective devices or procedures.

• Accurately represent my level of responsibility, author­ity, experience, knowledge and education.

• Reveal any conflict of interest that may effect informa­tion provided or received.

• Protect the confidentiality of information from any source.

• Work toward improving the delivery of health care to all who need it.

• Work toward the containment of costs by better utiliza­tion of technology.

• Promote the profession of clinical engineering.

Professional Organizations

Participation in professional organizations exposes a clinical engineer and BMET to the latest industry trends. These orga­nizations provide up-to-date information, the sharing of ideas, and networking. National, regional, state, and local organiza­tions exist.

National organizations include:

Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumenta­tion (AAMI)

American Society of Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) American College of Clinical Engineers (ACCE)

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Instrument Society of America (ISA)

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