Devices education modules

We have produced a series of educational packages covering medical device topics that have been reported as areas of concern or as problems through our Adverse Incident Centre. Most of the packages come with a quiz to assess knowledge gained and are certified and a number are recognised by Royal Colleges.

Some packages contain video of operations and may not be for the squeamish. These training aids are free to use and require no passwords.

They include the following modules:

  • Basic observations
  • Devices in practice (basic principles of device purchasing and management)
  • Electrosurgery (diathermy)
  • Anaesthetic machines
  • Operating table
  • Defibrillators.

Devices in practice

Devices in practice

Devices in practice covers advice on procurement, safe use, record keeping, maintenance and repair, and sets out guidance for reporting device related adverse incidents.

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Anaesthetic machines

Anaesthetic machine

This educational package looks briefly at the history of the anaesthetic machine and then covers the basic principles involved in the safe use of anaesthetic machines.

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The operating table

The operating table
This educational package has been developed by the MHRA and is intended to be an overview of the operating table, its use and history, explaining the background and how and why the basic system works.
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Basic observations

Nurse taking a patient's pulse
This educational package has been produced as a helpful background to basic patient observations in the clinical workplace. It will be of use to all clinical staff as a reminder of best practice. The package covers basic observations, including taking a pulse, checking blood pressure, measuring respiratory rate and taking a temperature.

Electrosurgery

Electrosurgery

This educational package has been developed by the MHRA with the help of the Royal College of Surgeons and is intended to be a guide through electrosurgical history, explaining the background, how and why the basic system works.

Defibrillators

Defibrillator small

This educational package looks briefly at the history of external defibrillators, the various manual and automatic devices available and how they operate.

This module does not cover implantable defibrillators and it is not a resuscitation training programme.

Page last modified: 14 November 2012