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2010/2011 Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering Master Biomedical Engineering
Medical Instruments A: Clinical Challenges and Engineering Solutions
Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail
Prof.dr. J. Dankelman    J.Dankelman@tudelft.nl
Name E-mail
Dr. D. Dodou    D.Dodou@tudelft.nl
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x
Education Period
Start Education
Exam Period
Exam by appointment
Course Language
Course Contents
Introduction to surgery, dissect and connect tissue
Surgical instruments and their specific requirements
Quality of surgical tools, quality control, sterilization
Advantages and disadvantages of minimally invasive surgery (keyhole operations)
Possibilities and problems of using robotic systems during surgery
Task analysis of the surgical process
Training of surgeons
Electrical safety
Operation rooms, equipment
Safety issues in the operation room
New materials and devices
Study Goals
The student will be able to describe the design, function, and problems of (minimally invasive) surgical instruments.

More specifically, the student will be able to:
1. formulate the special requirements for surgical instruments
2. illustrate advantages and disadvantage of minimally invasive surgery (keyhole surgery) and to sum up the limitations for the surgeon when applying this method
3. sum up instruments used during minimally invasive surgery
4. reproduce the problems with the use of electrosurgery / coagulation instruments
5. formulate criteria that surgical instruments have to fulfill in order to prevent sterilization problems
6. describe task analyses methods and how to evaluate the surgical process
7. indicate the problems with quality control of surgical instruments
8. tell the fields where robotics are used in surgery and indicate the possibilities and limitations of the use of robotics
9. classify current technology developed to train surgeons outside the operating theater
10. reproduce design considerations of the operating room
11. select information from literature related to a certain issue and evaluate new developments
12. discuss safety issues in surgery
Education Method
4 hours per week
Literature and Study Materials
Information will be provided via blackboard
Oral exam
Percentage of Design
Design Content
Design of instruments for surgery, minimally invasive interventions, and training facilities
3mE Department Biomechanical Engineering