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Getting to Grips with Lifesaving Technology

Publication date: 22 Sep 2017

Hands-on was the emphasis when delegates met for Diamedica’s training day at The Royal Society of Medicine in London.

Well attended, it attracted many people from around the world to focus on training in the use, maintenance, servicing and repair of Diamedica’s full range of equipment.

This included our Glostavent anaesthesia machine, Baby CPAP, oxygen concentrator and oxygen reservoir system, award winning ventilator and portable anaesthesia machine, the DPA02.

Getting to Grips with Lifesaving Technology

Diamedica's director Robert Neighbour giving training on the Glostavent Helix anaesthesia machine

The nuts and bolts of it

The day was opened with an introduction from Diamedica’s director, Robert Neighbour, who gave an overview of the challenges medical practitioners could expect to encounter when working overseas.

Presentations were given by two highly experienced anaesthetists – both Mike Dobson and Malcolm Savidge had worked extensively overseas and shared their stories and research to a very appreciative audience.

One challenge given to delegates was assembling the portable, while another was opening up the workings of the oxygen concentrator and learning to use the Baby CPAP.


Getting to Grips with Lifesaving Technology
Diamedica's chief engineer, Jonathan Meek, demonstrates the workings of the Baby CPAP

From a trainee’s viewpoint
Feedback was fabulous, with a number of trainees voicing surprise about the variety of equipment Diamedica had brought to the event. Others remarked on how highly specialised it was for low resource settings.
Some may have used one type of our equipment but been unaware of another, and Diamedica’s chief engineer Jonathan Meek said this was especially true of the Baby CPAP he was conducting the training for.
He said: “I was overwhelmed with questions. The people were good and the questions were good – everyone was really positive about everything.”
David Muir was one such delegate. He said: “I am still learning new aspects of critical care and in this instance, learning from the best in the business. 
“Diamedica make ingenious medical equipment for anaesthesia and critical care in tough environments. A whole day to play with/take apart ventilators and mingle with some renowned clinicians and engineers. 
“Thanks to Diamedica for the invitation.”
Getting to Grips with Lifesaving Technology
Diamedica’s Business Development Manager Rachel Currie-Cathey demonstrates the ventilator and DPA02 with input from Dr Malcolm Savidge, who gave a presentation on the training day

Fired up by the feedback
Following such good feedback the Diamedica team will continue to host this intensive training day as part of its extensive annual training calendar.
Rachel Currie-Cathey, Diamedica’s Business Development Manager was delighted to see such a good variety of people from many different backgrounds.
She said: “It meant they had so many different experiences to share with the others. And it wasn’t just people we knew from the past, so it was lovely to see so many new faces.”
For Rachel, the proof of the success of the training was obvious.
She said: “Three of my trainees were going off to do mission work. Following the training they not only feel confident they can use the equipment, but will be able to teach other people how to use it too.”
Rachel Currie-Cathey, left, and Dr Roger Eltringham, right, talking with training day delegates Dr Mike Dobson helps students as they investigate equipment Dr Roger Eltringham was on hand to answer questions from curious training day delegates
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