COVID-19 Technical Resources & Industry News

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Round-table: Innovations in Biomedical Test Equipment (round table discussion between Pronk, Fluke, BC Group, and Rigel on latest trends in Biomed test equipment). Posted 7/20/2020. Read Me

"Pandemic-Approved Professional Education" Because AAMI had to cancel it's Exchange event this year, they have launched an AAMI Summer Learning Series, which consists of seven tracks encompassing 36 live webinars.  (posted 7/21/2020)  Read More

A Medical Device Maker Threatens iFixit Over Ventilator Repair Project,

iFixit has built a comprehensive online database of repair manuals for ventilators and medical equipment to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. Last week it received a letter claiming copyright infringement.(article from Motherboard, Posted 7/20/2020)   Read More

"S.O.S: Biomeds Needed for Mercy Ships"  Interesting plea for Biomeds to volunteer to work on a Mercy Ship.  This article talks about the nature of these ships and why it is important to help out.  The 11,600-ton Africa Mercy is home to more than 400 volunteers from more than 50 nations at a time. This marvel of a floating hospital community is able to provide lifesaving surgical care free of charge in ports of West and Central Africa. Those who volunteer to serve on board raise their own funds to participate. (posted 7/14)  Read More

"Why Repair Techs Are Hacking Ventilators with DIY Dongles from Poland", (Article in 24X7 Magazine.  Posted 7/14)  Read More

"What hospitals should know before their next Joint Commission survey"  (Article in Beckers Healthcare. Posted 7/1/2020) Article about how JCAH inspections might be different due to pandemic.   Read More

HMMC Launches COVID-19 Medical Product Parts Exchange Site (24X7 Magazine news article.  Parts resource for HTM Depts.) Posted 6/22)  Read More

Medical Device Repair Again Threatened with Copyright Claims (24X7 Magazine article.  Posted 6/15/2020)Read More

Shopping Discounts for COVID Healthcare Workers! 

Some businesses are offering discounts for healthcare workers who support the COVID-19 effort.  This includes BMETs!  An example of one of these businesses is REI (outdoor equipment):  Here's the info you need:  

REI (Recreational Equipment Inc):  Link

"Hospital BMETs: Just Let Us Repair Life-Saving Devices"  Update from 24X7 Magazine.  Also see Viewpoint article below. (posted 5/26/2020) READ ARTICLE

"Spike in Product Recalls Expected in COVID-19 Aftermath"(24X7 Magazine article)(posted 5/26/2020)   READ ARTICLE

"Viewpoint: Fighting for the Right to Repair", opinion piece, 24X7 Magazine, (posted 5/12/2020). READ ARTICLE

(Important Note:  The WSBA, as a non-profit & non-political organization, presents information about the Right to Repair but is not officially endorsing any political activity regarding this issue.  Individuals are welcome to weigh in on this matter using the letter provided at this link.  Click here.  

"Repairing Ventilators that can save Coronavirus patients shouldn't be a business Decision", Opinion piece, Market Watch (posted 5/7/2020)  READ ARTICLE

"The U.K. bought 250 ventilators from China. Doctors warn they could kill".  NBC News (posted 5/5).  READ ARTICLE

COVID-19 Pandemic Exposes Healthcare Facilities to Cyber-criminals.  24X7 article.  READ ARTICLE

An Inside Look At Sterile Processing During a Pandemic.  24X7 article READ ARTICLE

Additional Ventilators May Pose a Risk to Hospital Gas Systems The article also contains a downloadable medical gas calculator.  Read Article 

Ventilator Manufacturers Form Ventilator Training Alliance, Create Educational App Ventilator manufacturers Dräger, GE Healthcare, Getinge, Hamilton Medical, Medtronic, Nihon Kohden, and Philips have partnered with Allego to create a mobile app that frontline medical providers can use to access a centralized repository of ventilator training resourcesRead More

24X7 News Article-"New York Repair Techs Want Access to Ventilator Manuals, Schematics".  Read More

Ventilator Maintenance Procedure:  Puritan-Bennett model PB840.  Click here to access 21 minute video. 

Accruent Launches Free Ventilator Predictive Maintenance Data: Free software ware to help HTM professionals manage maintenance on ventilator machines.  Article in 24X7 Magazine.  Read More

Canon Medical COVID-19 Resources Link: This link takes you to a Canon Medical Systems website where they have information related to servicing their products.  It includes cleaning and disinfection guides, service resources, parts info, and links to industry news.  Link

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