Introduction of Wireless Services and Devices in a Hospital Environment Following a Risk-based EMC Approach

Mumpy Das, Silvo Jeunink, Robert Vogt-Ardatjew, Bärbel van den Berg, Frank Leferink

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Abstract

This paper emphasizes the need for a risk-based EMC approach in the hospital environment. A modern hospital with various kinds of wireless medical electronic equipment especially in the intensive care, operation theatre, neonatology, etc., pollutes the environment by creating electromagnetic interference with other equipment in the vicinity or even implanted equipment inside the patient. Even following the IEC 60601-1-2 product standard for medical equipment which is based on a rule-based approach, suppressing electromagnetic interference effectively is an arduous task. In the upcoming years, the number of wireless devices in a modern hospital will significantly increase and might cause EMC instability in this highly complex system. Hence, an urgent requirement for an advanced and smarter approach leads to the use of a risk-based EMC approach. The detrimental effect of intentional sources causing electromagnetic interference in the hospital environment is briefly discussed. The risk-based EMC approach has been applied in the Medisch Spectrum Twente hospital, where it was discovered that wireless devices such as digital mobile radio, cell phone, and radio frequency identification equipment critically affect equipment pumps and patient monitors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility - EMC EUROPE
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherIEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-5579-1, 978-1-7281-5578-4
ISBN (Print)978-1-7281-5580-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2020
EventInternational Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility, EMC EUROPE 2020 - Virtual Conference, Rome, Italy
Duration: 23 Sep 202026 Sep 2020

Publication series

NameInternational Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility - EMC EUROPE
PublisherIEEE
Volume2020
ISSN (Print)2325-0356
ISSN (Electronic)2325-0364

Conference

ConferenceInternational Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility, EMC EUROPE 2020
Abbreviated titleEMC EUROPE 2020
CountryItaly
CityRome
Period23/09/2026/09/20

Keywords

  • Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
  • Hospital
  • Rule-based EMC
  • Risk-based EMC

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