BEAI Annual Scientific Meeting 2012
"The Health Service in Pressure Cooker Mode"
The BEAI’s Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM), held in the Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley on Friday, 5 October 2012, proved very popular with the biomedical engineering profession.
The ASM is an important chance for us in the clinical/biomedical engineering profession to discuss the challenges and solutions to many situations, technical and managerial that we face during the year with our peers throughout the country.
The event was organised in association with the Biomedical Engineering Division of Engineers Ireland and endorsed by the IFMBE.
The BEAI were delighted to have Olympus as sole event sponsors and their impressive technical display was one of the highlights of this event.
In his presentation titled: ‘Energy Technologies for Surgical tissue Management’ Uwe Fischer gave a unique insight into different types of energy that have been used in the past for manipulating and treating biological tissue, the advantages and disadvantages of certain energy technologies, and surgical benefits of their combination.
Eleven speakers gave us a broad base of information, with Meabh Smith, Senior Clinical Engineer in the Department of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering in Beaumont Hospital and Michael Duane, Senior Clinical Engineer in the department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering at Galway University Hospital, both presenting very professionally and with such passion for their subjects that our judges could not decide between the two. Both presenters won the BEAI’s solid silver medals of excellence; Michael for his presentation on ‘Development of an Online Knowledge Repository for a MPBE Department’ and Meabh for her ‘Explanation of the Statutory Registration for Health & Social Care Professionals – Focus on Clinical Engineering’.
Peter Grainger, meanwhile, gave an excellent, positive history of the birth and growth of our association from its early roots until today (21st anniversary this year)
The BEAI would like to thank the sponsors of the 2012 event, Olympus Ireland. An event of this success requires a strong partnership between the organisers and the sponsors. We have received fantastic feedback regarding the impressive showcase of specialist endoscopic and minimally-invasive surgical equipment that was on display and the professional approach taken by Olympus, which made this event a standout event in the biomedical calendar.