A great training collaboration between Diamedica UK Ltd. and Optimum Biomedical Ltd.
Optimum Biomedical was approached by Diamedica UK in June 2021 to provide theoretical and practical training, on their Glostavent Helix anaesthesia machine that they supply to the country, to a maximum of 18 biomedical equipment engineers.
The students are all currently working in hospitals from all regions of Liberia.
As we were due to provide an eight-week training course, starting later in the same month, to the same students, it made sense for Diamedica to engage services – saving global travel in these challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The training was conducted over three sessions of two days each, with six students attending each session. The training commenced with Optimum Biomedical’s Managing Director, Sean Ryder, providing a theoretical overview of the machine as a whole, and then as separate elements. This enabled each student to gain good understanding prior to taking part in the practical elements of the training.
The practical element was first demonstrated by the trainer, followed by students placed into pairs and working together to carry out the following:
- Understand, identify, and explain the entire workings of each part of the machine including the internal pipework, electrical wiring loom and safety devices.
- Carry out preventative maintenance to the oxygen concentrator including, filter cleaning and changing, fault finding, solenoid valve replacement, sieve bed replacement and compressor major service.
- Changing the batteries in the UPS
The students received the training well, passing the practical assessment and the written exam on the second day.
The feedback from the training were as follows:
“The best aspect for me? The entire breakdown of the machine and understanding everything.”
“Having practical sessions instead of just theory is so important and it helped us all understand the machine better.”
And below is our work with UK-Med
We made it into the press, ‘Bedford Today’!
A Bedford biomedical engineer has joined an international emergency health charity UK-Med to help fight the pandemic in Djibouti, East Africa.
Rob Shutt, together with a doctor and two nurses from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Benin, are providing specialist training to healthcare workers to prepare for a future surge of COVID-19.
The charity, UK-Med, is training staff in four hospitals in the capital, Djibouti City for three months.
The 26-year-old from Kempston has been supporting teams to install, use and maintain critical care equipment including ventilators and oxygen supplies.
Rob said, “Once the assessments were done, we realised one of the first issues we needed to highlight was around precautions when interacting with medical equipment; thorough decontamination processes, the wearing of appropriate PPE and equipment safety inspections.”
Rob has worked as a biomedical engineer for five years supporting organisations in the UK and across Africa. He currently works for Optimum Biomedical in Milton Keynes.
Following a very successful deployment with UK-Med, our Managing Director, Sean Ryder, is back in the UK. The UKEMT Team Lead and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Andy Kent, wrote a great article on the UK-Med deployment to Eswatini, as part of the UKEMT.
Read the full article here: https://uk-med.org/2021/03/11/adjusting-our-mindset-leading-a-team-through-a-changing-landscap