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MGH Biomedical Engineering Job Action Sheet
Mass General Hospital LOGISTICS SECTION
Job Action Sheet Biomedical Engineering Unit Leader
  Revised: 12/2011


Position assigned to:            _____________________  
You report to: _____________________ (Logistics Section Chief)
Logistics Response Center: _____________________ Telephone: ______________

Mission: Maintain medical equipment in operable condition and assist in rearranging the distribution of medical equipment to meet emergent needs.
Immediate ____ Receive appointment from Logistics Section Chief.
____ Read this entire Job Action Sheet.
____ Put on position identification vest.
____ Obtain briefing from Logistics Section Chief.
____ Establish communications with Situation-Status Unit Leader and            Emergency Treatment Area Supervisor to get an assessment of            equipment needs related to clinical area activities.
____ Establish Biomedical Engineering Department Headquarters.
____ Establish communications with Biomedical Engineering staff.
____ Survey Biomedical Engineering staff availability.
____ Call in Biomedical Engineering staff as appropriate.
____ Survey equipment availability (see below for potential areas) and           complete Equipment Availability Log.
____ Notify BWH Biomedical Engineering (617-732-8889), to alert them to
          the disaster status in the event that extra assistance is required.
____ If necessary, establish videoconferencing communication with sister            institution to facilitate quick communication.
Intermediate ____ Maintain medical equipment in operable condition.
____ If necessary, gather available medical equipment to prepare for           redeployment.
____ Help distribute or redistribute medical equipment to meet emergent           needs; document in the Equipment Movement Log.
____ Deploy technical staff to support clinicians in the use of the medical           equipment such as setting up the equipment, ensuring that
          appropriate cables and accessories are available, and training in
          general operation if required.
____ If phones become overloaded, deploy a technician to the Emergency           Department, or any other area where assistance is required, to help as           necessary and report back any developing requirements for medical           equipment.
____ If necessary, arrange to borrow equipment from other institutions and           manufacturers.
____ If necessary, arrange to rent medical equipment.
____ Continually brief the Logistics Section Chief with updates.
____ Stay in contact with Situation-Status Leader and Emergency
          Treatment Area Supervisor to obtain updates.
____ Make arrangements with Dietary for nourishment if needed.
____ Make arrangements with Environmental Services if           accommodations/mattresses will be required for overnight stays.
Extended ____ Observe all staff, volunteers and patients for signs of stress and            inappropriate behavior. Report concerns to Staff Support Unit
           Leader. Provide for staff rest periods and relief.
____ Other concerns:

Areas to potentially survey for available medical equipment :
  • Equipment Services
  • Biomedical Engineering Loaner Equipment Pool
  • Operating Room/Induction Rooms
  • Unoccupied beds in care units
  • PACU
  • Endoscopy
  • Imagaing
  • Cath Lab
  • Outpatient practices

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