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The Final Countdown

It seems like only yesterday we arrived in Senegal to begin our latest ten-week training course for our long-term partners, Mercy Ships. Yet we find ourselves returning for what is now the final two weeks!

During these two weeks, students will have approximately three days of theory and practical demonstrations before carrying out the practical sessions themselves.

Part of these practical sessions involves students breaking down an anaesthetic machine and ventilator. Removing items such as the power module, PSU, CPU, gas pipeline and reserve cylinder connections, control and interface panels, the pneumatic ventilator engine and the AGSS system.

In addition, the entire breathing system accompanying the service kit is removed, allowing students to comprehensively understand not only what each part does, but also how it operates.

Students learn how to remove drive gas inline filters, MOPV, as well as how to fault find and verify outputs using a Fluke VT900A gas analyser. Learning what needs to be disinfected or autoclaved is also a key point for the students.

All these steps help the technicians identify that they are carrying out quality repairs and maintenance to improve the care and lives of patients within their medical facilities.

These jam-packed two weeks end with a graduation ceremony on board the new Global Mercy Hospital Ship, where students will receive their well-earned accredited certificates, comprehensive toolkits, an NIBP calibration kit and a decontamination kit. Working safely and confidently towards their goal of patient, clinician and biomed safety.

So, what happens after the training is complete?

Mercy Ships have requested that Optimum Biomedical carries out a mentoring program at each of the 36 hospitals, or medical facilities, from which the students attending our latest course in Senegal originated.

This massive investment from Mercy Ships ensures that its students have the best possible opportunity to use their new skills, equipment and tools with the added confidence that Optimum Biomedical are still by their side.

We will be spending two to three days at each facility assisting them whilst they work on their own equipment.

It is an essential part of the biomedical program from the Medical Capacity Building, or MCB, ensuring the students’ newly learnt skills are neither wasted, nor forgotten.

Where there is an opportunity and a need, Optimum Biomedical will support students to become mentors themselves. As mentors, they will help their colleagues and new technicians coming up through the ranks within their facilities.

It goes without saying that Optimum Biomedical is incredibly proud to continue working alongside Mercy Ships in this amazing partnership. Long may it continue!

Come back soon to check out how our students did, as well as pictures from their graduation ceremony!

Biomedical ten-week training course