A monthly look at what’s shakin’ with local biomedical associations

The Biomedical Association of Southeastern Wisconsin (BASW) took a break from its regular meetings this month so its members could attend the State Conference and Vendor Show in Eau Claire, Sept. 24-27. The annual conference, which features an educational track and other activities, for the first time is a joint effort of the Biomedical Associations of Wisconsin (BAW) and the North Central Biomedical Association (NCBA) out of Minneapolis.

The Alabama Society for Healthcare Engineering (AlaSHE) is holding its fall conference Oct. 2-4 at the Adam Mark Hotel in Mobile. Dr. Janet Stout, a leading expert on legionella who works in the Special Pathogens Laboratory at the Pittsburgh, Pa., VA Medical Center, will speak the last day. AlaSHE holds two annual conferences, both of which focus on member education issues.

The North Carolina Biomedical Association (NCBA) is continuing preparations for its 24th annual symposium, planned for Dec. 2-4, at the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club. The preliminary event lineup includes more than 80 vendor exhibits and 20-plus training sessions, including short courses on ultrasound, monitors, wireless networks, incubators, ventilators and balloon pumps. The final schedule will be published in the symposium brochure in October.

The Gateway Biomedical Society (GBS) at its July meeting tackled the topic of BMET certification and introduced the society’s plans to set up a program to prepare local biomeds for ICC certification in preparation for the Nov. 2 test date in St. Louis, Mo. The group will round out the year with regular meetings on Sept. 19 at St. Luke’s Hospital and Nov. 21 at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center.

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