Patients, families, doctors, nurses and technicians all know that a life is at stake when someone rolls into the operating room or intensive care unit. Here, ever-improving medical technology is essential in the battle for life and health. That’s where Tazi is a critical part of the fight to save lives and restore patients’ productivity. Tazi is an engineer in her medical technology company’s critical care division. She’s a team member working to develop the life-changing tools that health care providers depend on to monitor their patients and make treatment decisions in critical circumstances.
Tazi and her colleagues are developing a new technology for continuous glucose monitoring in the hospital setting—a device that is designed to eliminate the need for an hourly needle stick and instead provide a continuous feed that alerts health care providers to patient problems and progress in real time. This technological solution is intended to help clinicians accurately monitor blood sugar levels in the most critically ill patients, in order to stabilize and maintain the patients’ levels within a specific range. As an engineer, Tazi meets with providers and hears their energy, hope and desire for the benefits of this tool. It fuels her passion to put this new solution into their hands. Tazi is just one of the hundreds of thousands of medical technology employees in our country. She’s a skilled engineer who cares about people and wants to solve the health problems that weaken people and take lives. As a young woman from Michigan with strengths in math and science, she wanted to work on something that was tangible and would make a real difference in people’s lives. She earned an engineering degree at the University of Michigan and went on to specialize in biomedical engineering with a Master’s degree at the University of California-San Diego. Her preparation opened the doors to her medical technology career in nearby Orange County, California, where there is a thriving medical technology industry.
Tazi and her job are a critical part of America’s economic future. Medical technology is America’s world-class, 21st century design and manufacturing industry, producing products that save lives and creating jobs that pay good wages for white- and blue-collar employees. There are hundreds of thousands of dedicated employees like Tazi across America, each working hard to create better and safer innovations that change the lives of patients and create livelihoods for others.
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