Competency/Assessment

This section is meant to be used by the manufactures of robotic devices as well as the users. Initially the seller of the devise should provide some type of training and assessment of user’s skill. After the initial training is provided it will typically be the facility to determine if their therapists are competent to operate a piece of equipment on an ongoing basis and to train new therapist. The following is a general timeline for proper training and evaluating user competency with robotic devices.

It is critical that every user’s competency is evaluated through written and/or practical exam(s):

Written exam: should be based on safety (i.e., proper fitting of the device, possible adverse reactions, emergency removal of the device, safety switches, contraindications for using the device etc.).

Practical exam: should include the trainees demonstrating their proficiency of the device on another trainee prior to demonstrating their proficiency of using the device on a patient. Clinicians should not be allowed to use the robotic device on patients without supervision until they have passed a written and/or practical exam(s).

Each facility needs to determine who is responsible for assessing and tracking therapist competency. In the United States The Joint Commission (The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.) may request copies of the competency test and competency tracking forms during their accreditation or recertification visit.

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