COVID-19 BMET Stories

Call for Your Stories

I hope to bring stories and experiences of Biomedical Equipment Technicians (BMET’s) and Clinical Engineers (CE’s) in the time of COVID-19 to the public via the Washington State Biomedical Association (WSBA) website (www.bmet.org).  What is your story? How has the pandemic affected your work, your life; what struggles have you encountered and then overcome? What victories have you attained? What defeats have you experienced if you can share those too? The WSBA would like to hear from you and share those things that have inspired, challenged and caused you to think outside the box for solutions to anticipated and unanticipated problems.

I realize that some of these experiences may not be appropriate to share with the public: what did not work, clashes with staff or higher ups; poor communication, poor planning or maybe not enough follow through. But maybe from those experiences you can share advice on how to avoid those problems, what works and what to avoid doing or not doing. Your stories matter and we want to hear them.

To share your story and experiences, please contact me at wsba.covid19@yahoo.com. Thank you.

Jim Kenyon, CBET, WSBA Board Member



On the Frontlines of COVID-19 with Biomed / Clinical Engineering

(April 23, 2020,  Jim Kenyon, CBET)

I have been in the Biomed field in Washington State for over 33 years. During that time, I worked in the Biomed Department at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup for over 17 years and then changed course switching to field service for 14 years in the Pullman, WA area for the Providence Healthcare organization. My career has been most rewarding, challenging and gratifying. In July, 2019 I retired in hopes of exploring other areas of interest. Recently I completed a 3 month temporarily position at a nearby Critical Access Hospital (less than 25 beds) to fill in for a BMET who was out due to a health issue. As I was finishing my time there, COVID-19 was making its presence known.  READ MORE


Retired BMET Builds UV-C Lightbox At Home

 

Chris Walton, CBET-R, Treasurer & Webmaster WSBA

What do old, retired Biomeds do when COVID-19 hits?  Soldier on like everyone else and find something to build of course!  How about a UV-C disinfecting light box?   READ MORE


Hospital BMETs struggle with lack of parts, training, and manuals during COVID-19 Pandemic This 7 minute video produced by Reason TV is an interview of a Texas hospital Biomed who talks about the impact of not having adequate service materials for some essential devices.  It is related to the Right to Repair Movement and how that impacts the COVID-19 situation.  View Video



 






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