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Update From Senegal

Following a busy three weeks in the UK, Rob and Sean have returned to Senegal for the second block of Optimum Biomedical’s ten-week Biomedical Equipment Training Course.

Honesty is the best policy, and to be truthful, it can be incredibly nerve-wracking to split learning up in this way. A lengthy break poses the risk that students will have struggled to maintain their studies and revision while we’ve been away. If they have, it means covering old ground, costing everyone valuable time… and money.

However, the students in Senegal did us, and themselves, proud. During the Q & A session on the first day back, the students were firing correct answers time after time! They have obviously been keeping up with their studies and using their revision notes.

As we moved into the afternoon, the first, of many, practical sessions commenced. This was partly to see if they remembered how to use the two Fluke analysers on which they had been trained prior to the break period. Yet again, the students managed to do this without any hiccups = SUCCESS!

Over the following days during the first week back, the students will learn how to use other Fluke test equipment and analysers. Starting with the Fluke MP7000 Defibrillator Analyser and the Fluke QA-ES III Electrosurgical Tester. Students will then be introduced to the Fluke IDA-1S Infusion Device Tester and the Comark Pressure Tester.

Once this training has been introduced, students will be ‘let loose’ with a range of medical devices – learning how to methodically and logically strip down equipment just as if they were carrying out a repair. Vital experience when you’re working out in the field!

The training continues by having the students replace all the parts and implement their newly learnt skills by testing the equipment to ensure they have not caused any problems themselves.

Once this is mastered, we take the medical devices and install faults. The challenge now is that students must use their fault-finding skills to affect a repair before installing service kits and carrying out preventative maintenance procedures.

With work spread out over the next three weeks, we guarantee adequate time remains for first aid training, Train the Trainer elements, as well as a robust revision period before assessments and written exams take place in week four.

All in all, the students have both a busy and fun filled month ahead of them! It’s incredibly rewarding to see them grow as Biomedical Technicians.

With the right tool kits, equipment, and training, combined with the mentoring and ongoing support from Optimum Biomedical, patient care is significantly improved.

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Sean in Senegal teaching