Collocation of sensitive medical electronic devices can result in equipment malfunction in medical settings
ANTHONY A. DIBIASE
INTERACTION BETWEEN MEDICAL products and their electromagnetic environment (EME) presents new challenges to medical device manufacturers, medical service providers, and the regulatory authorities who are responsible for insuring the health and safety of the general public.The advent of an ever-increasing number of electrical and electronic medical products, along with the development of new technologies, has put a greater emphasis on their interaction within their EME. What makes this a critical area of concern is the fact that it involves the health and welfare of the general public.In some cases, it produces only irritation or inconvenience, while in others it results in life-threatening conditions. Many government and private institutions are tasked with the responsibility of overseeing the public safety in the application of medical products. These organizations include, in the U.S., the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and the IEEE.In the European Union (EU), various national authorities, in concert with the CE marking system, are deeply involved in the control of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) factors in medical products.Read the full article by clicking the pdf below.