Spectrum 2016 Autumn

Spectrum 2016 Autumn
Publication date: 
1 Sep 2016



Welcome to the autumn edition of the BEAI’s Spectrum journal, the third and last for 2016. This edition of Spectrum contains a new section showcasing reflective learning reports. Each edition will contain a chosen reflective learning report submitted as part of our continuing education series. The education subgroup felt a series of this kind would benefit our readers.

Other articles in this edition include a focus on cybersecurity by Neil Tilley; Paul Morrison from Wassenburg Medical deliberating on pH levels in endoscope final rinse water; and Kieran Healy’s second interview installment with Tony Fletcher.

Spectrum journal is distributed to a wide audience both nationally and internationally, and continues to receive praise and positive feedback on its content and on the fact that it is available in both printed and digital forms. We would like to thank all who advertised and contributed to the Journal this year. Our Spectrum working group are currently reviewing the journal’s distribution list, with the aim that by 2017, Spectrum will reach even more key stakeholders and interested parties, whilst also ensuring that we have an up-to date and accurate mailing list. Please make sure to update your membership and mailing address at www.beai.ie to ensure you continue to receive Spectrum.

Final tweaks are being carried out on this year’s 21st BEAI Annual Scientific Conference. Cardiac Services are this year’s gold sponsor, along with 22 silver sponsors exhibiting their products and services.

Our guest line-up for this year is very exciting, with Richard Corbridge, HSE chief information officer and Professor Shankar Krishnan, president-elect of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE), to name a few. We also have representation from Northern Ireland and the UK presenting this year, and the theme of ‘Hospitals without walls’ is generating interest with many other professions also. For more information see our programme, which is available at www.beai.ie for full details.

To register, go online and secure a spot on at this great event. I would also like to echo our invitation that you are all welcome to join us for a networking event after the Conference, which also takes place in the hotel.

This year has seen the education subgroup get up and running, under the guidance of Meabh Smith as education officer. This group has developed a programme of education sessions for the next 12 months, which will be distributed to all attendees at this year’s Conference. Electrical safety is first on the list after the Conference – keep an eye on emails, the website and social media for details on booking.

The BEAI has many goals and objectives in its newly developed strategy, and we are currently working hard to achieve these goals.  We will be focusing on areas such as education and continuing professional development (CPD); registration and international liaison; along with increasing membership; developing social media presence further; and updating and improving our website to better suit our members. Declan Murray has taken over as our new representative on the UK’s IPEM Clinical Engineering Special Interest Group (CESIG) and will be working closely with CESIG in the near future.

I hope you are enjoying the summer and look forward to meeting with you in the near future.

Brian Kearney
Chairperson, BEAI


4 Editorial

5 News

8 What is next for medical device cybersecurity?

12 Photoplethysmography for foetal heart rate monitoring

17 Evaluation of the transmission properties of Xenolite TB leadfree aprons

20 An introduction to synthesised 18-lead electrocardiography

22 Standards – an update

26 Medical Device Directive and medical device vigilance for clinical engineers

28 pH levels in endoscope final rinse water

30 Review of the transition year programme at St Vincent’s University Hospital ‘reaching our 100th student’

34 Roving Reporter

38 Diary

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