No hospital can function properly without Biomedical Engineers; here at MedAid we have two fully trained Engineers who have vast experience in working and training others in challenging environments.
There are a variety of aspects to this ongoing challenge. Often the wrong equipment has been sent out and the equipment was not fit for service before it even arrived, frequently being too old, possibly too technical, and not being customised for use in low resource environments. Likewise, equipment does have a life cycle and will eventually wear out regardless.
Against this background, the area of Biomedical Engineering support this is something we at Medical Aid International take very seriously. This is in terms of when we are advising a partner on equipment, considering the wide variety of considerations that each project requires and in terms of providing a personalised engineering support service. Highlights of this include
We provide City &Guilds approved programmes. This is an international recognised vocational training awarding body and ensures all our processes and procedures are robust.
We offer a variety of courses, depending on the background and experience of the delegates, matched alongside the budget and time available.
We can advise on and provide the full infrastructure when a BioMedical Engineering Service is being set up. What is often not appreciated is that for a BioMedical Engineer to do his job he needs professional tooling and test equipment. Otherwise the training will be of little value, as it cannot be applied.
We can provide remote support and parts supply. Our programmes can include train the trainer as part of a module to ensure the unit is as successful and effective as possible. Online programmes will be starting early in 2018. It is interesting to note that often our team of engineers have repaired an item of equipment that has been out of service for years, or even written off, in minutes, just by using basic skills and basic test equipment.
I am pleased to report that the equipment arrived safely in Mwanza… I can confirm that all the large items were present …All the instrument sets were in order… The quality of the surgical instruments is superb. As promised, you included an enormous number of extras, the largest of which was a multifunction patient monitor. There are two ambulance emergency kits, a large range of anaesthetic equipment and vast supplies of surgical disposables. There are surgical scrubs and white gowns as well. Thank you for your efficiency and generosity. The people of rural Tanzania will most definitely benefit.
One of the easy we can make budgets go a long way is the sensible use of equipment no longer required in the west. This recycling is very effective. Please do contact us for further details if you think you have equipment of any sort that may help.