Indiana Biomedical Society celebrates with annual convention, and more.

Indiana Biomedical Society Celebrates With Annual Convention
During the 15th annual conference of the Indiana Biomedical Society (IBS), held at the end of January, new officers were elected and the IBS/Hill-Rom Professional of the Year Award was presented.

 2005 President Kelly VanDeWalker (left) presents Philomena Diehl with the Professional of the Year Award.

The convention marked the beginning of the Indiana State Biomedical Technicians Week in Indianapolis. Hundreds of attendees witnessed the keynote address, delivered by Mary Coker. Immediately following, the members dispersed into one of three educational tracks.

The IBS offered classes on hospital networks, laser safety, PACS/DICOM, and resume writing. The day concluded with door prizes, the election of new officers, the awarding of scholarships, and the presentation of the IBS/Hill-Rom Professional of the Year Award to Philomena Diehl.

The new IBS office president is Philomena Diehl; vice president is Dan Crandall; secretary is Kim Lusty; treasurer is George Gladding; and trustee is Kelley VanDeWalker.

 Arif Subhan, MS, CCE

ACCE Offers Review Course
The American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE) will hold a Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE) review course June 25 in Washington, DC. The class is designed to help clinical engineers who are interested in taking the CCE examination offered by the Healthcare Technology Certification Commission. “The course will be presented by a faculty of clinical engineers who have broad experience working in hospitals, independent service organizations, consulting, government, and industry,” said Arif Subhan, MS, CCE, chair, ACCE CCE Review Course Working Group. “Major topics of the examination will be reviewed by a subject specialist,” he added. More information can be found at

Noisy Hospitals Turn the Volume Down
According to a recent study from Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore), hospital noise levels are growing steadily, leading to distressed patients and physicians, and an increased risk of medical errors. To stem this distraction, some hospitals are turning to speech-recognition technology to help streamline staff communication and reduce the need for overhead paging.

 Weighing less than 2 ounces, the Vocera badge can be clipped to a shirt pocket.

To use the technology, hospital staff can clip small, wireless devices embedded with speech-recognition software on their lapels. With the press of a button, they can instantly communicate hands free to find other team members by name, function, or group.

FDA Clears New Disposable Pulse Oximetry Sensors
Royal Philips Electronics has announced FDA clearance for two new single-patient-use Sp02 pulse oximetry sensors used primarily for infant and neonatal patients. Using soft foam material and special adhesives, the new disposable sensors are designed to provide greater comfort for sensitive skin while maintaining a secure fit.

 The new sensors offer clinicians a wider selection to better address the needs of the smallest patient.

The new infant-disposable sensor can be used on patients weighing between 3 kg and 10 kg.

The sensors are compatible with Philips, Agilent, Hewlett-Packard, and qualified competitors’ monitors. 24×7