Clinical Technologist Companion(Renal Dialysis)

Water System, Peripheral Equipment, Machine & Servicing

by Frank Sikapa



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/28/2003

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 148
ISBN : 9781410714732

About the Book

The information in this comprehensive dialysis, Clinical technologist companion, is a carbon copy of some of the author’s lecture notes, which he used for postgraduate students who studied in the department of Medical Electronics. (The Queen Mary College. University of London). This was under the auspices of Dr. John R. Roberts, who was the Director of the Department.

The department collaborated with the World Health Organization (WHO) to provide international training, support, research and development in health care equipment management.

In this book, Frank Sikapa provides a practical system of advanced knowledge common to all clinical technologists and engineers. The author describes many techniques, procedures and tricks that can be effective in diagnosing personal and technical faults, developing self awareness and important skills that can be applied to many aspects of professional life. It is packed with helpful examples, it explains key concepts and relates to actual practical needs of a renal technologist. Diagrams and illustrations provide supportive information about technical needs which will drive assistance to all who are concerned with the maintenance of many life support machines and have responsibility to patients or customers. An ideal book for teachers, students and nurses.

About the Author

Having studied aeronautical engineering in the preparatory faculty (Mink University), Russia, the author found his new challenge in dialysis technology fascinating.

When he joined the team of pioneers of dialysis technologists, and engineers in 1977, there were no known educational books or manuals on dialysis servicing. Being the only and the first black person of African origin among other technologists, he found himself in a very intimidating position, and totally in the dark regarding the basic knowledge on the subject of renal dialysis technology. In a humane manner, the other technologists became good friends and mentors. That was a great help and very comforting on his way forward.

Various courses were designed and arranged for him in order to expand his horizon. His cogs became well oiled enough to feel confident among men. After many years of hard work and dedication, he became chief renal dialysis technologist with managerial responsibilities at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. He was, and is still proud about the fact that he was the first black African to have held such an important position. This was the acme of his technical career and felt grateful to be acknowledged by his peers and organization.

He now finds it appropriate to prepare and write this book in order to impart specialized knowledge gained over his many years of experience, and know how, to anyone who wishes to acquire more knowledge on the subject.