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Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2008 Nov 22;152(47):2546-7.

['State of the nation's healthcare 2008' annual report: technology is useful, but training comes first].

[Article in Dutch]

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Academisch Medisch Centrum/Universiteit van Amsterdam, afd. Cardiothoracale Chirurgie, Meibergdreef 9, 1105 AZ Amsterdam.


The Netherlands Health Care Inspectorate's annual report on the state of the nation's healthcare in 2008 is dedicated to the use of medical technology. The subtitle of the report is 'Risks of medical technology underestimated'. Lack of education and training expose patients to an unacceptable risk of injury within both the care and the cure setting. The Inspectorate urgently recommends applying a certification system to physicians to guarantee safe and appropriate use of devices and equipment. The administration of an institution has the primary responsibility for the visible implementation of risk and safety management. Also, the medical professional must become familiar with the principles of engineering and be trained in applying a systematic approach to safety and reliability within medical technology. This annual report provides recommendations on how to incorporate biomedical engineering into medical education.

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