Jan Anderson arrived on Island on 17 February on a three and a half month contract with the Heath and Social Welfare Directorate as an Electro Bio-Medical Engineer.
“Electro Bio-Medical Engineering is about taking care of various machines used to treat patients. They can be anything from anaesthesia to incubator equipment. I ensure all machines are working effectively and are properly maintained, and do not present a danger to the patient.”
Jan will register all medical equipment at the Hospital, repairing those that are damaged and sending several offshore for maintenance, as some cannot be repaired on-Island. Additionally, he will set up a maintenance programme and arrange for adequate spare parts to be delivered to St Helena, to pre-empt the possibility of malfunctioning medical equipment.
The biggest challenge for Jan is working alone – as opposed to the Hospital in Sweden, where he works with 60 colleagues in the electro bio-medical field – and the time it takes for the delivery of spare parts to the Island in comparison with the 24 hour wait in Sweden.
Jan has worked in this field for 30 years, at Skane University Hospital. He also has his own business, examining the condition of equipment used in plastic surgery and in animal hospitals.
4 February 2014