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Clinical Engineering and Disposables

Hyman, William A. ScD

doi: 10.1097/JCE.0000000000000336

The scope of clinical engineering generally includes the selection, use, maintenance, and repair of multiuse medical devices. This may also include active participation in the selection of devices for purchase and incident investigations. Increasingly clinical engineering has also played a role in connectivity of medical devices and in the exercise of cybersecurity. Clinical engineering has less often been actively engaged in the selection and use of disposable and single-use medical devices, but some of the same skills that support reusable assets can and should be applied to the selection and use of disposables.

Corresponding author: William A. Hyman, ScD, is professor emeritus in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University and contributing editor to the Journal of Clinical Engineering. He is also Emeritus Member of ACCE, and has previously received its Lifetime Achievement Award. He can be reached at

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

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