This week is National Biomedical/ Clinical Engineering Week! If you think that title sounds interesting, you would be correct. That is exactly how our profiled Biomedical Engineering Technologist, Doug, ended up in this field. Doug met someone in this line of work and thought it sounded interesting. After 2 years of schooling Doug began working in the field, and 19 years later he can’t imagine a better fit for a career. Doug works in an urban acute care setting where he must continue to update his education by taking various courses on specific pieces of equipment as they are released.

Doug starts his day in the OR to see if there are any problems that require his immediate attention. After they have been addressed, Doug continues through the hospital to find equipment for preventive maintenance. It is this helpful problem solving that is Doug’s favourite part of his job. “It is very satisfying to make another person’s day go smoothly, I feel like I really contribute to how the hospital runs and cares for patients in those moments, albeit from behind the scenes,” Doug says.

 The most memorable time in Doug’s career was the opening of the Jim Pattinson Children’s Hospital. Doug received a ton of new equipment and found that the organization and work the whole department put in was amazing. On the day of patient transfer, Doug and his coworkers went in first and put patient equipment in rooms, making sure everything was working. There was no time to spare, and everyone was working hard, but Doug tells us that spirits were high. The entire department had fun and were proud of their accomplishments.

Through the pandemic, members of the Doug’s Biomedical Engineering group did not encounter patients with Covid 19, something they are extremely thankful for. They did deal with increased security and health measures, and their way of completing tasks was very changing. At first, Doug was required to stay in the office and only fix things if they failed, which was rather unexciting. After a while, they were allowed to return to the preventative maintenance that had backed up over time. This gave them a surge of tasks to accomplish, to the point that getting parts and batteries is difficult. Repairs are taking longer to accomplish due to these delays in parts.

Doug, you and your coworkers are the silent force that keeps our acute care facilities running as smoothly as they do. Many people would be stuck if you weren’t there to provide your knowledge and skills. Thank you for all the work that you do as part of our healthcare team.

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