Biomedical engineering is one of the professions involved in the first line of combat against COVID-19, how is it that the engineering principles immersed in hospitals and clinics help to contain the disease and improve the lives of patients and health personnel ?
“We have demonstrated our potential in the battle against COVID-19. We are involved from accompanying cleaning solutions to high medical technology to keep patients alive; adjustments at the infrastructure level, the development of biosafety products such as masks, suits, masks”Said Carolina Londoño Peláez, head of the Biomedical Engineering program at CES University.
The head of the program pointed out that the absence of these professionals would be evidenced in the lack of planning and clarity regarding possible scenarios and needs of the sector. In addition, he added that the role of engineers is not yet well known in the country and a more robust standard is needed to regulate their work and differentiate it from other professionals, technicians and technologists in related areas.
The professor of the Faculty of Engineering of the U, Carolina Salazar López, explains that biomedical engineering is witnessing a change in the history of Colombia in the sector, since the country has been mainly an importer of technology, dependent on the capacities of other countries .
For this reason, he emphasizes that these changes allow innovations and emerging proposals to face the situation; Thus, a greater number of infections and deaths are avoided and the impact of the pandemic is mitigated through training, skills development and the availability of technology.
In addition, the teacher mentioned some national contributions in technology and infrastructure solutions: “Video laryngoscopes, simulation systems to evaluate the dispersion of droplets carried by the disease in the environment, invasive and non-invasive mechanical ventilators, adaptation of hospital beds, devices for epidemiological monitoring, among others”
In order to innovate in infrastructure and equipment, from and for Colombia, there is also a need for new professionals to be trained in academia. The CES University is one of those that offer this program and in the pandemic it has made contributions from there, as in the case of video laryngoscopes to protect health personnel.
“At the University, engineers are trained to face day-to-day situations in the health sector and integrate interdisciplinary teams to build solutions with technology. But it is not only that, a situation like the one we go through moves us at the vocational level to be more sensitive to the environment from the social point of view”, Concluded Carolina Londoño.
In this note you can delve into one of the contributions of the CES University to combat the pandemic.