MediSend technician trainee, Jhon Romero, works in Peru’s National Institute of Neoplastic Disease (INEN) in Lima, best known for its specialties in clinical care, medical education in oncology and oncology research. INEN is the largest public cancer hospital Peru with almost 350 beds and, like many hospitals in developing country hospital systems, is in desperate need of trained professional biomedical equipment repair technicians. (Click to see Jhon’s video)
Hello! My name is Jhon Romero. I am a technician trainee in MediSend’s Biomedical Repair Training Program™. My wife and 22 month old son and my hospital are waiting for me in Peru while I spend six months at MediSend’s Elisabeth Dahan Humanitarian Center in Dallas, Texas. My family is very proud and happy for me to have this opportunity.
I have a degree in Electro-medical Equipment from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia and have worked in the electronics lab of the Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Neoplasticas since 1999 where I am responsible for repairing biomedical equipment.
My training at MediSend will have a long-lasting positive impact in my hospital and my country. My hospital currently does not have a set preventive maintenance plan in place. When I return to Peru, my colleagues and I plan to establish a biomedical engineering department at the hospital. We would like to put in place our own preventive maintenance protocols. And, with tools and supplies in the MediSend Mobile Biomedical Equipment Test and Repair Kit™ that my hospital will receive, we will begin to develop calibration methods for the different equipment we have by establishing a metrology laboratory to perform these calibrations.
Peru needs to make national standards for medical equipment, so no more accidents happen that can claim lives because of equipment that is not calibrated. There was a story in the news about a person that had been killed because a machine that measures blood pressure was out of calibration and measured a patient’s blood pressure too low, when in fact the patient’s pressure was normal. They administered drugs to increase his blood pressure and killed him…all because basic equipment was out of calibration.
My fellow trainees at Medisend’s Biomedical School are from all over the world, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, Papua New Guinea and Haiti. The courses are difficult and we all study long hours but everyone has come to MediSend with the same mission – to become qualified Biomedical Equipment Technicians (BMETS) and to return to our hospitals, to our countries… to make a difference.
Jhon’s Biomedical Training Program and his MediSend Mobile Biomedical Equipment Test and Repair Kit™ for Peru’s National Institute of Neoplastic Disease were made possible by generous grants from two US foundations and a partnership between MediSend and National Cancer Coalition.