19/05/2021

Categories: Biomedical and Medical Engineering, Undergradute

The History and Future of Medical Device Engineering

Today the term medical device is most likely to conjure up images of sophisticated electronic machinery, precision instruments or microscopically detailed devices. However, in one form or another, humankind has been involved in the field of medical engineering for thousands of years.

As long ago as 5,000 years ago, ancient civilisations were using rudimentary tools that they had crafted for basic medical procedures, such as scalpels, lancets, forceps, and needles. These instruments were used to make large incisions to the abdomen and precise, clean incisions to other parts of the body. The stethoscope, which was invented in 1816, by René Laennec, a French physician, is widely regarded as being the first medical device of modern times, and still uses the same principles today as it did all that time ago.

Regulations for medical devices

It wasn’t until much later however that regulations governing medical devices were put in place, in America in 1976 when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was given the authority over all such devices, and in Europe the Medical Device Directive (MDD) came into effect in 1993 – renamed the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) in 2017.

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The Role of Technology

Over the years, there have been significant breakthroughs in the field of medical engineering. The rapid advances that have been made in the fields of computing, engineering and of course technology have given rise to greater opportunities for those who are involved in the research and development of new medical equipment. Today’s medical devices are more accurate, smaller, and made with the kind of precision that allows for a great degree of skill when dealing with a number of different medical issues.

It is currently estimated that there are roughly 2 million different types of medical device in existence which can be categorised into over 7,000 different devices groups.

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The Inventions and People Making a Difference…

If the events of the last 15 months have taught us anything it should be that where there is a need, there is a group, or even an individual, out there who is trying to create a medical device. Some of these inventions will make the life of the medical profession, and their patients that little bit easier, while offering them a greater range of treatments.

While many of these innovations in medical engineering are the work of those who are already well established in the field, either as medical practitioners or companies involved in R&D, there are also students who are making their mark on the field. A university student on placement was recently credited with assisting in the creation of a ventilation hood that has been specifically designed as an alternative to the more invasive ventilation option for patients with COVID-19.

BEng Hons Biomedical Engineering with Foundation at the University of Bolton – Making a difference for the future

If you have been considering studying engineering at undergraduate level, then there has never been a better time to consider a BEng Hons Biomedical Engineering with Foundation at the University of Bolton.

We can offer you state-of-the-art facilities and passionate lecturers who can help you hone your skills for a rewarding career in the field of medical engineering. This could lead to a role that uses all the skills and knowledge that you gain during your studies to make a difference in the real world.

We have been voted in the Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the third year running* and are proud to offer a supportive learning environment that is inclusive and welcoming, where the needs of the students come first, and the university experience is #UniAsItShouldBe.

If you would like to learn more about the university or our biomedical engineering course, we would be delighted to talk with you. You can contact our team of friendly advisors on +44 (0)1204 900 600 or send a message to enquiries@bolton.ac.uk.

If the events of the last 15 months have taught us anything it should be that where there is a need, there is a group, or even an individual, out there who is trying to create a medical device. Some of these inventions will make the life of the medical profession, and their patients that little bit easier, while offering them a greater range of treatments.

While many of these innovations in medical engineering are the work of those who are already well established in the field, either as medical practitioners or companies involved in R&D, there are also students who are making their mark on the field. A university student on placement was recently credited with assisting in the creation of a ventilation hood that has been specifically designed as an alternative to the more invasive ventilation option for patients with COVID-19.

BEng Hons Biomedical Engineering with Foundation at the University of Bolton – Making a difference for the future

If you have been considering studying engineering at undergraduate level, then there has never been a better time to consider a BEng Hons Biomedical Engineering with Foundation at the University of Bolton.

We can offer you state-of-the-art facilities and passionate lecturers who can help you hone your skills for a rewarding career in the field of medical engineering. This could lead to a role that uses all the skills and knowledge that you gain during your studies to make a difference in the real world.

We have been voted in the Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the third year running* and are proud to offer a supportive learning environment that is inclusive and welcoming, where the needs of the students come first, and the university experience is #UniAsItShouldBe.

If you would like to learn more about the university or our biomedical engineering course, we would be delighted to talk with you. You can contact our team of friendly advisors on +44 (0)1204 900 600 or send a message to enquiries@bolton.ac.uk.

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