Spectrum 2019 Autumn

Spectrum 2019 Autumn
Publication date: 
20 Sep 2019

Table of contents

4. Notes from the Chair

4. BEAI Diary

6. News

8. News /Industry News

11. Focus Endoscopy Unit: Improving efficiencies in an Endoscopy Department

14. Clinical Education International student’s engineer experience in Ireland

15. Clinical Education Training as a biomedical engineer

16. Study The hazardous nature of surgical smoke

18. Drug Delivery Systems Biodegradable polymers – hydrogels for drug delivery

20. Medical Technology Key dialysis developments in history

24. Medical Technology Technology for food-waste recycling in healthcare


Welcome to the autumn edition of our BEAI Spectrum Journal.

All the talk at present is about our upcoming 24th Annual Scientific Conference, which takes place shortly in the Silver Springs Clayton Hotel, Cork on Friday, October 4, 2019. This year’s event is based on our profession of clinical engineering and its latest advancements and experiences. The conference is being supported by Olympus as our Gold Sponsor, with over 20 other exhibitors scheduled to display their products and services on the day. Eoghan Hayden and his team have now finalised the programme and will be publishing it shortly, with talks on Brexit, the new Medical Device Regulations, electronic health records, a student session from local colleges in Cork and an international session including speakers from Singapore and the US. Please visit www.beai.ie to register for the event, and we hope to see you all there on the day.

A number of abstracts from members of the BEAI across the country have been accepted for oral and poster presentation at this year’s 3rd International Clinical Engineering and Health Technology Management Congress (ICEHTMC), taking place in Rome on October 21 and 22, 2019. Well done to Peter Grainger and all the submission team for flying the flag for both the BEAI and Ireland. We wish everyone the best of luck with their work.

Our Education Series is continuing with the most recent session taking place in Tullamore on the topic of ”Medical Devices in the Community”. Organised by Aidan O’Toole, the event was a huge success with multidisciplinary attendance from colleagues across the country. Please email Rob at education@beai.ie for any ideas or requests for further education. We are finalising the programme for 2020 now and would like to ensure we capture all ideas for the educational programme.

This edition has some great articles to digest, including the contribution of engineers to the flow of a Clinical Department, such as endoscopy; advice from a recently graduated biomedical engineer on how to put the best foot forward; a presentation from our nursing colleagues on the dangers of surgical smoke; and a review of dialysis developments over the years.

Many thanks to Frank Kelly and his team for getting together another brilliant edition of Spectrum Journal – it’s a journal for all of you, and so, I would encourage you to contact Frank at spectrum@beai.ie and discuss any ideas you have for future topics. We are gathering banks of articles for publication on our website for members to access and research – this will be available shortly.

Wishing you all the best for the rest of 2019, and hoping to meet you at our scientific conference in the coming weeks.

Kind regards,

Brian Kearney

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