This is a place where Biomeds (BMETs, Clinical Engineers, Imaging Engineers) and other motivated individuals and companies can support the maintenance of medical equipment if other, less fortunate countries.
A collection site for maintenance supplies for BMETs in other countries. Basic model - encourage BMETs to collect old tools, test equipment, supplies, and cables of every type. Send them to Pat where they can be sorted and distributed to third world BMETs.
As announced, a team is going to Escuintla, Guatemala on February 25. While there, we will install three containers of equipment (and supplies) that have already been shipped and received. Our main focus will be the completion of a 15 bed Neonatal ICU and a 15 bed Pediatric ICU. We will be installing wall-mounted Spacelabe monitors and deploying ventilators and other support equipment. As our time permits, we will be seeking out other non-functional equipment and repairing it to the best of our ability.
In the shipments of equipment, we also shipped many hand tools, power tools, power cords, miscellaneous cables, assorted hardware, and an array of maintenance supplies. Most of these were donated by you, our followers and donors. We thank you for all of these items and want to let you know who we have selected to travel on this trip.
William Rivera is a previous Biomeds Without Borders volunteer, having traveled to Guatemala and helped with a similar installation. William speaks perfect Spanish and with a strong construction background, is a great liason with the hospital's maintenance crew. William is from the Washington, DC area.
Robert Hijazi is a BMET and a pHd with the VA System in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I worked with Robert when he a was at the VA in Columbia, SC. Robert makes biomedical trips to the middle east, and this will be a first to Central America.
Victor Azurdia is a CBET 3 at Glendale Adventist Medical Center in Glendale, California. Victor's first language is Spanish and he was, in fact, born in Guatemala. He should be an asset with the language and the cultural issues that we always face.
I believe we have a very strong team. I would like to thank everyone who expressed their desire to go on this trip. I wish we had room for more. Keep in touch. Biomeds Without Borders is now working with 2 more organizations who run many more trips abroad than we do, and the opportunities will increase, as well as the choices of destinations.
Again, thanks to you all.
What we do. . .
As a joint effort on the part of many organizations,individuals and companies, this site is the place to inspire you to donate your unneeded repair parts, tools, test equipment and supplies. They are 100% sent to third world countries where trained BMETs await to fix the medical equipment that has been donated by well-meaning Americans.
Unfortunately, the medical equipment that is donated often does not work well in the harsh environment of a country with poor power, little air conditioning and lots of dust. And to add to the problems, there is little access to service manuals, maintenance procedures, specialized tools, test equipment and even repair parts.
This is where the BMETs of the US come in. We are encouraging everyone to implement a thorough house-cleaning, purging their shops and home workshops of the old and unused items that we all have laying about.
When you collect a boxful, send it to Pat Lynch at
222 Rampart St., Charlotte, NC 28203. I will sort it and send it along to deserving BMETs around the world.
So far, we have sent items to BMETs in Rwanda, Africa and Honduras, Central America. More is going to Guatemala next week.
We are looking for suggestions and contacts in other countries. Please send the names and contact information of trained BMETs anywhere. This program is open to all vetted BMETs, wherever they are.
Note: We are NOT in the business of collecting or sending complete medical devices, as so many other organizations are dedicated to. We specialize in the tools and resources that working BMETs need to carry out their jobs. But we will accept repair parts for medical devices that are located in other countries.
Note: We never sell anything that is donated. And our recipients are instructed not to sell the items we give them.
For additional information, contact
Patrick K. Lynch, CCE, CBET, fACCE
I will no longer give free lectures / educational presentations
Patrick K. Lynch
Effective today, I will no longer do presentations for local, regional or national trade associations for free. Those days are over. No more free ride. Let me explain.
I have been overseas three times to train local biomeds on the nuances of medical equipment repair. First, to Havana, Cuba in 2007 with the ACCE (www.accenet.org ) . Being a communist country, there were no stores, Radio Shacks or Home Depot to purchase even the most basic electronic repair necessities. But I found the BMETs and engineers there to be very friendly, intelligent and well trained. It is too bad that their country isn’t on better terms with the US.
Next, in 2011, Engineering World Health (www.ehw.org) sent me to Rwanda, Africa for a week. They have an ongoing multi-year program there to train the technicians from the country’s 32 public hospitals in the repair and maintenance of medical equipment. Again, the students were eager, competent and excited to learn. By, although not communist, they are a poor country, recently torn by a horrendous genocide that killed 800,000 innocents. They, too, are in serious need of tools, supplies and all of the stuff that we take for granted.
Several weeks ago, EWH sent me to Honduras to teach in a similar program for the biomeds of Honduras. It, too is a poor country, with most of their medical equipment donated from the US or Japan. Spare parts are nonexistent and supplies can be bought at the one main hardware store in town, are expensive and the hospitals don’t have budgets for this.
Then, last week, I went to Guatemala with the Heineman Medical Foundation of Charlotte. It was mostly vacation, but I visited two hospitals and attended the grand opening of a new 6-bed ICU is the Social Hospital in Quetzaltenango (commonly referred to by its unofficial name of Xela (Shay-la). As you can see by the photo at the left, the technicians there are being asked to repairs with virtually no tools or other resources.
Here is where you can help. If you ever honor me by attending one of my presentations, I will require some form of payment. What type is up to you. I have a long list below. Most of the items listed can be found in your current biomed department. Biomeds are packrats. Simply go through your shop and bring me the old, outdated or surplus items on the list. The quantity isn’t important, but you must donate something.
If you forget, I will ask for a cash donation – the amount to be chosen by you. Because we also need money to ship this stuff to the countries in need.
Read the list. I am asking only for the things that you would probably want to discard, anyway. So let’s put them to good use and get a few more years of life out of that old patient simulator or the old power cords that are left over from discarded equipment. Thank you.
Power Cords (US or European)
Interconnect cables (computer, video, usb)
Temperature probes (for infant incubators)
Multi Outlet strips
Components (resistors, caps, bridges, etc.)
Ties Wraps, all sizes
Tie Wraps, label
JB Weld or epoxy glue
RTV Silicone Sealant
Goof Off Graffetti Remover
Cordage, AC, all gauges, all lengths
Misc hardware (screws, fasteners, etc.)
String Tags (for attaching service notes to equipment under repair)
Pressure / Vacuum gauges and fittings
Tapes, electrics, duct, teflon
Wire, bulk or spools, all types
X-ray Measurement instruments
Electrical tape - self adhesive
Tool boxes (with or without tools)
Label Maker (and spare labels)
Video Converter (BNC to VGA)
Any hand tools, no matter what condition, old or new.
Power supply, DC, Variable
Soldering irons, all powers
Desoldering tool (suction)
Casters / wheels
Hardware, nuts, bolts, screws, washers
Mechanical Repair Tools
Personal Protective Equipment