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Yes, the Queen Victoria Hospital at East Grinstead has a well-established Burns Unit. But it is also world famous for plastic and reconstructive surgery.

The picture (painting) shows Archibald McIndoe (later Sir Archibald) operating there in 1944. The bronze monument (and a very moving one it is, too) was unveiled in 2014. See also the "Guinea Pig Club".

Sad to relate that McIndoe died young (at 59 years) in 1960. He was born in New Zealand, by the way.
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Many thanks for the info Ian. I will certainly contact the Queen Victoria to see if they can assist.
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Angus,

Nothing seemed to come out of this conversation so thought I'd suggest you may wish to email the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead (near Gatwick). They are a specialised burns hospital that was probably the first dedicated burns unit set up for fighter pilots in WW2. I used to know the medical photographer but he's retired so suggest you email this to ask who is the med eng. qvh.info@nhs.net
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It used to look that milk was boiling. Hey, they would pay a fortune nowadays for that. Lots better than a water bed (I presume this, not having tried one)!
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Yeah but they were good fun to lay in! We had one that was sand filled, it was a hoot.
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Thanks, lads, I appreciate your input.

Dave, I remember servicing and changing the beads for the Clinton Fluid Beds. The beads were so small and got absolutely everywhere. As I recall we were still collecting remnants of these beads throughout the department and clothes for sometime after.
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Some nice giveaways on both days. smile

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Yes; we had those as well (or something very similar).

As I mentioned, there is a fair amount of information on-line.

Quite a few gruesome images, too. frown

Another question for Angus would be:- what category of burns patients are we talking about here:- severe (as sometimes arising from heavy industry, oil refineries, and so forth)?

Another consideration (and a major one, in my opinion) is:- are we talking about a "new build", or just adapting an existing building? And, of course, is the architect any good? whistle

Here is another interesting document (NBC, Israel).
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We don't have a burns unit where I work these days but I remember from Royal Brisbane days we had the early equivalent of this
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Things may have moved on a bit, Angus ... but what level ("quality") of staffing do you have in mind? think

We had some "state of the art" kit in some places in KSA during the 80's and 90's ... but I don't recall too much in the way of quality nursing. In one place (when we had a patient in) I used to visit our Burns Unit at least once a day, but I'm pretty sure I never encountered anyone but the patient in there (and I would have remembered, had I met someone). Rather unsurprisingly, the poor guy didn't survive.

Anyway ... there seems to be a fair amount of stuff available on line. smile

Here are a couple of starters:-

1) NHS
2) Interburns
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I am currently compiling a tender and need urgent assistance. Does anyone know what equipment I would require in a 16 bed Burns Unit?

I have an old list when I worked in KSA in the 80’s however it's evident that things have moved since those days.

Thanks
Angus

(Hope to see many of you at the forthcoming seminar)
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Just wondering if anyone can help me with a copy of the service software for PB840.
I have a s/n mismatch error and need to reload the s/w.
victor@mavis.com.sg

I come across some PB840 in my work, and would like to salvage them.

Thanks in advance.
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Dears ,

Which is the best non invasive glucometer ( adult / pediatric ) available in the market ?
Please share the details..
Thanks ,
Mathew
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They're back (on-line)! smile
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I have recently "enjoyed" wasting a few hours nursing a Win 10 PC back to normality - or is that an oxymoron? I'm still not really sure what caused it to become so unco-operative, but it may have been (probably was) following yet another "update". I won't bore folk with the sorry details, but it even felt disinclined to access the internet. Anyway, it's back on line now - and I'm using it to make this post. smile

Anyhow, I found this little program useful:- ShutUp10 - it gives you a quick overview of various settings without having to wade through the Win 10 Settings menus. The program does not "install", and its .exe and .ini files can be run from anywhere on the machine; or if you want, deleted.

In passing, I should mention that I have often found the following programs very handy (as they proved to be yet again during the exercise in question):-

1) AdwCleaner
2) CCleaner

I should also give an "honourable mention" to IOBit software. Over the years I have used their stuff extensively on many and various machines:-

1) Advanced System Care
2) Driver Booster
3) Malware Fighter
4) Smart Defrag
5) Uninstaller

All of the above are available for free download on-line (although versions with enhanced facilities are also available for small amounts).

Another "tool" that I have used daily for years (and must have mentioned before) is:- Total Commander. Highly recommended.

Finally (whilst I'm at it), another of favourites when cleaning up cluttered systems is:- Autoruns. Invaluable! smile

Meanwhile ... has anyone else tried the Brave browser? I'm using it (for the first time) right now. It seems OK - quick, spell-checker, built-in ad blocker, etc. I'm guessing it will provide some (probably much needed) competition for Firefox.
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We also have some workshops being held (free of charge) throughout the two days...

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Send us an email if you are interested.
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Third party BP cuff are widely used within the NHS to no detriment to the patient resulting in cost savings and also forcing the OEM to compete at a more acceptable cost. Here we have people seeking to hide behind the rule book and default to OEM parts. Why not risk assess and try the parts in a controlled way?
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What about third-party BP cuffs?
Does ANYONE buy OEM?
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I despair, a cmos support battery that you can buy for a pound everywhere else. Common sense tells you it is nothing special, the OEM supply them without even a date code, let alone any form of lot code . Some things are so obvious, but still there are those who bind themselves slavishly to the "rules", or should I say their interpretation of the rules.
I will continue to be a rebel, because free thought and a desire to see through the facade that some regulations appear to give.

Embracing the change in BioMed engineering and becoming an extension of the OEM into the NHS is not for me. I will be there to challenge the line" the manufacturer knows best" and " you are the only one seeing this problem" if we do not question their monopoly on these devices then we leave ourselves at their mercy. Unlike MikeX I do not have the luxury of deciding what is purchased, I just have to keep on fixing it, keep on applying the field safety notices, react to the device alerts and try and make the budget work at the end of the year, and keep the patient safe in the process.
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Originally Posted by Mithrandir
How would you select on test a primary cell, to test it would deplete a battery, rendering it useless.
Clutching at straws now? Well, you could measure the internal impedance (by applying short current discharge pules).
However, if a manufacturer specified you could only use primary cells supplied by them, I would have never considered purchasing such devices, unless the total cost of ownership matched or beat other equivalent devices.
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How would you select on test a primary cell, to test it would deplete a battery, rendering it useless.
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Originally Posted by Andrew Stallard
In this particular case, the battery is third-party in the first place. It's a Panasonic CR1220/FCN.
As long as that is the part being sourced from another supplier (as is the purpose of this thread), then there is no modification involved.
This may not be true, as the medical device manufacturer may perform their own testing of the part to ensure it meets the required specification.

I know of a case where a potentiometer was replaced with one of exactly the same model as the original part (same make and part number) but this caused subsequent errors. It turned out the part supplied by the manufacturer had been selected by testing to meet stricter linearity requirements than the pot manufacturer specifications. In other words, from a batch of 100 pots only half were deemed to meet the required specification. This is a common industry practice.
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With regards to non-OEM....

In this particular case, the battery is third-party in the first place. It's a Panasonic CR1220/FCN.
As long as that is the part being sourced from another supplier (as is the purpose of this thread), then there is no modification involved.

Slightly different, I guess, for parts made exclusively for a device.
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MikeX, do you have a role within an OEM by any chance? Or is it that you are so risk adverse that you do not think that a Bio med should do anything?

The risk of a battery fire ( note, on a laptop, not a medical device) is always there, a cmos support battery carrying 35mAhr is not a major risk of fire in my experience ( I used to design and develop batteries for the Navy).

Risk assessment has replaced common sense, they should be the same, but one comes with a form to back up your thinking.
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