About

September, 2017 update.
Retired one year ago. Last position: equipment planner (8 years) at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. My how the hospital systems have changed : After Bellevue Hospital, I worked at was then, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, from 1984 to 2002, when I was laid off during a merger with what was then, Beth Israel Hospital, which in a later merger became, Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

I took 4 years off working on a personal project (seen here) but then returned to hospital work this time as an equipment planner (much easier than clinical engineering – no on-call). I have continued to write about issues pertaining to clinical engineering (soon to be revealed here and elsewhere), and photography (seen here) and other writing (seen here, and here).

June, 2010 update.
To the person just stumbling on these pages – some of these writings are the result of my letting off steam after a somewhat confrontational point in my career in 2002. I am much calmer now, and perhaps less inspired to write. I have, however, just reformatted the site using WordPress and including pages from the old site.

A word about the writings here – many should be considered dated, many were written in 2003. I believe there still is value in them, but keep that in mind when reading!

The first clinical engineering department I worked in was Bellevue Hospital in New York City, 1979. An interesting place from which to gain experience and view the acceleration of new technologies and new machines that would occur over the next few decades. During that time, I and my fellow colleagues, responded to these changes, sometimes with alarm, as in this case (what a way to greet a new career!).

Also of note to me at least, are two articles published in AAMI (Association of Advancement of Medical Instrumentation). The first (original title, “The Three Things I learned in 23 Years”, was changed by AAMI), was an attempt to summarize a few ideas I thought important (AAMI reference). The inspiration for the second (AAMI reference), “Proposed: A Standard Clinical Engineering Review Procedure,” is a bit more complicated and may become the subject of a future article here.

Other possible writings may address a more human side of clinical engineering work. One example of what I mean is the story of an ad-hoc management group called the Flying Dinosaurs. This will take some explaining, but here are some minutes/agendas for it.

Commonsensedirections is non-commercial, and will remain that way. The motivation for this site comes from the frustrations, battles, and real satisfaction obtained from working in this field. If you want to use any of the written material, please write and tell me what it will be used for. There are probably few instances where I would not give permission.

Or, write to me for any reason.