Nowa mobilna pracownia kontenerowa do diagnostyki obrazowej

Althea Polska dostarczyła do Śląskiego Szpitala w Cieszynie w niecałe 2 tygodnie od zamówienia nową mobilną pracownię kontenerową do diagnostyki obrazowej.

Podczas pandemii COVID-19 Althea Polska dostarczyła do Śląskiego Szpitala w Cieszynie w niecałe 2 tygodnie od zamówienia nową mobilną pracownię kontenerową do diagnostyki obrazowej, w której skład wchodził wysokiej klasy tomograf komputerowy oraz aparat rentgenowski. Sprzęt zapewniający zaawansowaną diagnostykę obrazową będzie wykorzystywany do badań pacjentów z podejrzeniem COVID-19.

Aby walczyć z COVID-19, Althea Polska zainstalowała w Polsce pierwszą jednostkę rentgenowską Neusoft NeuVision 460, która została dostarczona w ciągu jednego tygodnia, aby wesprzeć naszych klientów w trudnych czasach pandemii.

Razem MOŻEMY powstrzymać pandemię.

Wydarzenie to zostało skomentowane w prasie i telewizji.

Althea played a key role at NHS Nightingale Hospital in the treatment of COVID-19 patients

Althea played an important role at NHS Nightingale Hospital in London thanks to specialist biomed engineers unpacking, building, testing and commissioning equipment.

Over the last two weeks Althea has played a key role at NHS Nightingale Hospital in London with specialist biomed engineers unpacking, building, testing and commissioning over 2750 pieces of equipment.

The lifesaving medical items, which were needed to treat COVID-19 patients, included 10 ventilators, 329 patient monitoring devices, 457 monitoring trolleys, 21 defibrillators and 198 infusion pumps.

Once everything was set up, commissioned and ready for use, each item had to be moved individually to the other side of the venue – a distance of 1km – where it was setup on each patient bay.

Gases such as oxygen and air were not available to test ventilation, so Althea’s Anaesthesia and Ventilation Specialist Manager Jeremy Wymer was able to source it for the hospital. The result of this being all ventilation was tested and bought back into service.

Althea engineers also helped advise the NHS procurement team sourcing vital equipment, which thanks to Althea’s intervention, 42 pumps were delivered within 2-4 days.

Another example of the lengths engineers went to support the hospital was when 200 patient monitoring systems were delivered at 5pm one evening on site by pallet.

The Trust needed 84 of the systems immediately so 12 Althea engineers stayed throughout the evening to commission, configure and setup the equipment within 3 hours. This was something that was recognised and greatly appreciated by both Nightingale Hospital and Barts Health NHS Trust.

David Rolfe, UK&I Chief Executive Officer at Althea: “Throughout this unprecedented time we have seen such an incredible response from the Althea team, and I am extremely proud of everyone involved.”

We have been responsive to a fast-moving situation, and engineers on site have gone over and above what was expected of them to support the NHS and clinicians onsite. It has been a fantastic team effort.”

In just nine days the ExCel exhibition centre in London’s Docklands area – usually used for large events – has been transformed into an emergency 4000 bed hospital to cope with patients affected by COVID-19.

NHS Nightingale Hospital London is the first of several Nightingale Hospitals planned in England including the University of the West of England in Bristol and the Harrogate Convention Centre. Others are due to be set up at Manchester’s Central Complex as well as Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.

Althea has the largest constituency of biomed engineers on site at the Nightingale Hospital London providing support. The company are also currently engaging with other Nightingale hospital sites to see what help, advice and support Althea can offer the other sites across the UK.

Althea urge UK Trusts to contact them immediately if they have broken or disused ventilators

Althea is looking for all ventilators but primarily the following would be ideal with the current situation: ICU Ventilators, BIPAP Machines, Transport Ventilators, CPAP Machines and NIV Ventilators.

We have the capabilities to refurbish the much-needed lifesaving equipment and get it back into NHS circulation so it can be used operationally.

Government Ministers have been trying to boost the number of ventilators to increase the stock of just over 8,000 already available to the NHS. It is estimated as many as 20,000 extra ventilators could be required to treat infected patients as more people are hospitalised due to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

David Rolfe, UK&I Chief Executive Officer at Althea, said: “There is a country-wide worry that there may not be enough ventilators to sustain critical patients who need breathing assistance which is why we are appealing to Trusts in the country to contact us immediately if they have broken or disused equipment. We will review every response that we receive to see if we could make it work for the current situation.”

“Althea will arrange for it to be collected and our specialised team will start work to get the systems back into operation so they can save lives. By working together, we can ensure there are more ventilators in hospitals and more people will gain access to these equipment as they are treated for COVID-19.”

Althea’s refurbishment project will support the Government’s Ventilator Challenge UK consortium, which has been set up to scale up production of much-needed ventilators.

Any Trust with broken or disused equipment can call Abbie Thompson on 07966 414 002 or email abbie.thompson@althea-group.com.

Althea Italia consegna ulteriori 787 ventilatori polmonari destinati all’emergenza Covid-19

Arrivata a Malpensa oggi la terza tranche di consegne relative alla gara CONSIP, anche in questo caso in anticipo di due settimane rispetto a quanto previsto

Roma, 14 aprile 2020. Althea Italia, leader italiano nel settore dei servizi integrati di ingegneria clinica, è impegnata da oggi nelle operazioni di consegna della terza tranche di 787 ventilatori polmonari, a seguito dell’aggiudicazione del bando CONSIP che prevede la fornitura complessiva, da parte di Althea, di oltre 6.500 dispositivi, circa 1.500 ventilatori e 5.000 monitor multi-parametrici.

Il personale Althea, in coordinamento continuo e in stretta collaborazione con CONSIP, ha avviato le procedure di smistamento dei dispositivi presso l’aeroporto di Milano Malpensa. Le operazioni di consegna ed installazione delle apparecchiature presso gli ospedali del territorio nazionale verranno concluse con due settimane di anticipo rispetto i termini previsti da CONSIP.

“Grazie all’impegno costante di tutti i nostri addetti ed al fondamentale contributo del Comando della Guardia di Finanza dell’Aeroporto di Malpensa, sono lieto di confermare che con oggi abbiamo reso disponibili 1.410 ventilatori polmonari e 5.000 monitor multi-parametrici, in anticipo di oltre due settimane rispetto alle scadenze contrattuali” commenta Alessandro Dogliani, Presidente e Amministratore Delegato di Althea Group.


Althea Italia S.p.A., filiale di Althea Group, principale operatore pan-europeo nei servizi integrati destinati alla sanità, è il leader italiano nella gestione integrata delle tecnologie biomediche.

Con 7 sedi in Italia, 1 Centro di Eccellenza orientato al training & testing sulle apparecchiature ad alto contenuto tecnologico e 3 Workshops altamente specializzati nelle riparazioni su attrezzature endoscopiche, ecografiche e radiologiche, Althea Italia, con i suoi 1.600 addetti, assicura la corretta gestione e il miglioramento continuo delle performance di tutte le tecnologie biomediche in oltre 300 Strutture Sanitarie all’interno del territorio italiano.

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Coronavirus: Althea Italia, oggi in consegna 370 ventilatori e 5000 monitor

Dalla mattina del 28 marzo 2020, 370 ventilatori e 5000 monitor multi-parametrici, sono in fase di smistamento all’aeroporto di Malpensa e attraverso un’attività di coordinamento con la Consip e sotto le indicazioni della Protezione Civile verranno distribuiti in diversi ospedali del territorio nazionale, con l’ausilio del personale specializzato Althea.

Dalla mattina di oggi 28 marzo 2020, i diversi dispositivi, 370 ventilatori e 5000 monitor multi-parametrici, sono in fase di smistamento all’aeroporto di Malpensa e attraverso un’attività di coordinamento con la Consip e sotto le indicazioni della Protezione Civile verranno distribuiti in diversi ospedali del territorio nazionale, con l’ausilio del personale specializzato Althea. Lo rende noto Althea Italia, leader italiano nel settore dei servizi integrati di ingegneria clinica, che è impegnata nella consegna dei dispositivi medici destinati all’emergenza sanitaria Covid-19, a seguito dell’aggiudicazione della gara indetta da Consip. La consegna di tutti i dispositivi, già avviata, verrà completata entro martedì 31 marzo, in anticipo rispetto ai tempi di consegna previsti dal bando Consip. “Grazie al lavoro ininterrotto di tutti i dipendenti e la collaborazione di Consip e delle istituzioni, sono fiero di confermare che Althea, in anticipo rispetto alla prima scadenza della gara Consip e con quantitativi maggiori, ultimerà le consegne di 370 ventilatori polmonari e 5000 monitor multi-parametrici entro il 31 marzo”, commenta il presidente e ad Alessandro Dogliani.

Althea delivers full Radiology department replacement at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

In 2017, a 10-year partnership managed equipment service (MES) deal was signed between Althea and Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Musgrove Park Hospital. Two years in, Musgrove Park has seen a massive overhaul and change in its Radiology Service.

The department has had a total redesign to help improve its clinical services, making an improvement to staff workflow and patient experience. David Rolfe, CEO of Althea UK and Ireland, talks about how the partnership was benefiting patients and clinicians.

“Althea assigned a dedicated Service Manager to work with the Hospital team to provide the best possible customer experience,” explains David.

“Understanding on the ground requirements and working closely with clinical staff is key. Existing equipment is immediately covered by Althea’s Customer Care Centre (CCC), based at our Head Office in Theale, providing 24/7 specialist call handlers to manage any breakdowns that occur. Our specialist Technology team then came in to manage the equipment replacements.”

An equipment replacement plan was agreed with the Trust to manage which assets are replaced and when, allowing the department to keep running an efficient clinical service, with minimal disruption. A lot of the Musgrove Park equipment was nearing obsolescence or beyond recommended service life, which created concerns surrounding equipment performance and reliability.

Althea’s clinical-choice contract gives the overall decision in equipment selection to the clinical team, supported by vendor-independent information, analysis and advice from Althea’s Technologists. As one of the largest buyers of medical equipment in the UK & Ireland, Althea has longstanding relationships with all major and emerging manufacturers, ensuring the company is able to provide unbiased advice and consultancy. Its vendor-independence, scale and expertise allow hospitals to select best-of-breed technologies from a variety of manufacturers whilst maintaining the commercial and logistic benefits of having one supplier.

The first set of equipment to be replaced at the hospital was x-ray. This modality includes x-ray systems based in the main department, used with a large range of patients, from those within the hospital (inpatients), to outpatient appointments and GP walk-ins. The aging x-ray rooms were replaced with state-of-the-art Samsung GC85 x-ray systems. These machines are top of the range systems, with full automation and image stitching. The automation of the machines will improve patient through-put and also improve the manual handling demands on the Radiographers, which should have a positive effect on staff wellbeing.

Mobile x-ray systems were also replaced. These machines move around the hospital and go up to the wards to x-ray patients. Two Samsung GM85 systems were chosen by the Trust for their slim, ergonomic and lightweight nature. The GM85s, won the 2017 Design Award for its compact design and optimised workflow and allows easy access around tight spaces. Another mobile unit for the Special Baby Care Unit was also purchased. This was a Fuji Nano system. This machine is ideal for the Neonatal Unit, as it’s a smaller compact unit. It is small enough to move around the incubators within the Special Baby Care Unit.

Further equipment replacements also include, two mobile intensifier units. These machines were replaced with Philips Healthcare BV Pulsera’s. These machines are used in theatres, to give full diagnosis imaging when the surgeons are operating. One of the systems has extra capability, allowing the team to use the machine in a vascular setting. The high power of these units allows better visualisation for the surgeons, especially in spinal cases.

The Ultrasound Department has also seen a change. An extra ultrasound unit – Philips Affiniti 70 was added to the portfolio of equipment. This was to help with the increase in service demand for interventional procedures. A Fujifilm Sonosite X-Porte machine was also installed to enable more bedside procedures to be carried out, rather than patients having to be moved around the department. The General Imaging Department saw an installation of a GE Logiq E9 and the Maternity Department a Canon Aplio i600 system, which features superb microvascular imaging.

“The most exciting development and change is the re-design of the whole Imaging Department including the move of the DEXA department into an old un-used room,” said David.

“Althea’s design services are fully aligned with ISAS’s patient-focussed assessment and accreditation programme and aim to improve patient experience and provide a staff working environment conducive to maximising clinical time.”

The new DEXA machine – a GE Lunar iDXA bone densitometer – is an advanced system which offers high clarity, precision and image resolution on the density of bones. The move of this machine into a different room, made available a space to create an additional CT scanner suite.

It also enabled the Trust to redesign and add additional equipment to their portfolio including the installation of a new MRI Scanner and Injector. The new MRI scanner, which was charity-funded, was given the Royal seal of approval by Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex. The scanner, a Siemens 1.5T Magnetom Aera was officially opened by the Countess on 24 September 2019. The Trust and the charity worked tirelessly to raise the money for this system.

“Althea were able to work with the clinical teams to source the right equipment to suit them and their patients – it wasn’t a case of purchase the cheapest equipment, instead we ensured that we sourced the most appropriate equipment for the hospital and it’s patients,” said David. “The Siemens Aera fitted that category, and we were pleased to have procured this scanner for the charity, ensuring it was money well spent for the department”.

Both Althea and the Trust are grateful for the money raised and funded through a £1 million fundraising campaign led by the hospital’s official charity Love Musgrove. Having a third MRI scanner means clinicians at Musgrove Park can perform more of the most complex scans than ever before. This is particularly important as the hospital has seen an annual ten percent increase in patients who need an MRI. The scanner also helps to provide diagnosis for patients who may have breast cancer, neurological conditions, cardiac problems, tumours, spinal injuries, and musculoskeletal disorders.

But the replacements haven’t stopped there. In the coming months, the existing CT scanner will be updated. The scanner chosen is a GE Revolution EVO scanner, which replaces an old GE VCT. The new technology and software can give the department faster scan times, greater patient throughput and a happier clinical team.

David commented about the transformation at Musgrove Park: “We are proud to offer a vendor-neutral managed service which has been tailored to meet the hospital’s specific needs. This includes around-the-clock maintenance as well as long-term asset replacement. It is the most cost-effective way to ensure patients and clinicians have access to the latest diagnostic technology in first-class, patient-focussed facilities.Althea guarantees an informed, vendor-neutral, clinical choice of both equipment and clinical consumables.”

Adam Turner, Radiology’s Operational Manager at the Trust, explains that there has been a phased approach to the development of the department.

“Working with Althea and moving different teams around into new purpose-built facilities has allowed us to create a modern, bespoke, four-room Ultrasound Department, as well as an additional third MRI suite and six new Radiologist reporting bays. In addition to this, the new build has created both ‘in and outpatient’ waiting facilities and additional office space.”

“The installation of a second Siemens Aera MRI scanner was greatly required and will now remove a bottleneck in our waiting lists for MRI patients.”

But it’s not just new installations that Althea co-ordinate. Althea is responsible for the provision of high quality maintenance for all Radiology assets at the hospital, including the existing equipment from before the MES. Should any equipment faults occur, the Trust calls Althea’s Customer Care Centre regardless of the equipment manufacturer. The CCC provides a swift response and keeps the Trust updated with progress. This can be via the Althea team of expert engineers or selected partners minimising the disruption to clinical practice and maximising equipment uptime. Any issues are also highlighted to the Althea Service Manager for speedy resolution as required. Althea also offer an integrated consumables management service that delivers both cash-releasing savings and significant operational efficiencies for the Radiology, Procurement and Finance teams.

Adam concluded: “It has been an extremely exciting time for us at Taunton. With a larger demand on our imaging services, it is reassuring that our existing equipment has all been refreshed as it means we can continue to keep up with new Radiological techniques. None of this would have been possible without Althea and their managed service.”

 

Althea Italia S.p.A. si aggiudica 4 lotti Consip per la fornitura di dispositivi medici per i reparti di terapia intensiva e sub intensiva destinati all’emergenza sanitaria COVID-19

Althea Italia, leader italiano nel settore dei servizi integrati di ingegneria clinica, si è aggiudicata i 4 lotti per cui ha presentato offerta nella procedura d’urgenza avente ad oggetto la fornitura di dispositivi medici destinati all’emergenza sanitaria COVID-19 indetta da Consip S.p.A.

Althea Italia, leader italiano nel settore dei servizi integrati di ingegneria clinica, si è aggiudicata i 4 lotti per cui ha presentato offerta nella procedura d’urgenza avente ad oggetto la fornitura di dispositivi medici destinati all’emergenza sanitaria COVID-19 indetta da Consip S.p.A.

Nello specifico, Althea Italia fornirà monitor multi-parametrici e ventilatori polmonari di ultima generazione ad alto contenuto tecnologico al fine di incrementare le postazioni di terapia intensiva e sub-intensiva delle strutture ospedaliere italiane. Questo investimento consentirà di affrontare l’attuale emergenza sanitaria COVID-19 garantendo, inoltre, l’ammodernamento dei reparti di emergenza per i prossimi anni.

“Siamo orgogliosi di poter dare il nostro sostegno agli ospedali italiani in questo momento di particolare emergenza” – afferma Alessandro Dogliani, Presidente e Amministratore Delegato di Althea Group. “È fondamentale supportare le strutture sanitarie italiane che stanno incontrando molte difficoltà nel reperire tecnologie medicali. Abbiamo proposto apparecchiature all’avanguardia, indispensabili ad affrontare l’attuale situazione, garantendo il miglior prezzo di mercato. Siamo fermamente convinti che in un momento come questo, aziende del nostro livello debbano dare un contributo fattivo alla Nazione mettendo in secondo piano le logiche di profitto”.

Celebrating women in engineering

In honour of International Women’s Day, which took place on Sunday 8th March, we want to take the time to celebrate the contributions that women in engineering make at Althea – and highlight why it’s still important to promote engineering as a career path for all.

The number of women in engineering roles has nearly doubled in the last decade – from just over 25,000 to just over 50,000. New government data shows that there are now one million women in STEM roles in the UK – an increase of over 350,000 in the last ten years. While this is great, there is still more to be done, as overall the proportion of women in tech roles remains at 16%, the same figure it has sat at for the last ten years. The UK still lags far behind the rest of Europe in its efforts to employ female engineers.

Just over 10%

Women now account for just over 10% of engineering professionals in the UK. It’s been great to see how this figure has progressed over the years. But Britain still has the lowest percentage of female engineers in Europe – Latvia, Bulgaria and Cyprus lead with nearly 30%. For a country that prides itself on its diversity – and opportunity – this number is still shockingly low.

The benefits of a diverse workforce cannot be underestimated. Not only does it create a richer pool of talent, but it also allows companies to be more productive. Research shows that companies are 15% more likely to perform better if they are gender diverse. It’s easy to grasp at statistics, but the inherent value of diversity is self-evident in its contributions to creativity and innovative thinking, and its relations to progress. Simply put, engineering is dedicated to real-word problem solving – rooted in imaginative, forward-thinking concepts, simple or complex; the exchange of experience and ideas, and how this can be applied to enhance the world around us. How can this be achieved without inclusion and diversity of thought? Different people bring different ideas, but diversity – in whatever form – enriches its capabilities.

Inspiring people from a younger age

As a STEM ambassador, I often go into schools, colleges and other similar locations to help with school projects or provide advice on career days. One thing I have seen is that junior school children don’t have misconceptions regarding science and engineering. As children progress to high school age, they begin to formulate an image of the engineering profession from the outside world – from what they see on TV, in the media, from parents – which almost always ends up solidifying their perception of engineering as something that is ‘not for girls’.

It’s important to challenge stereotypes so that the window of opportunity remains open to everyone, regardless of their gender or age. To break down this image, it is important that they have access to positive role models and see more of women in engineering at work.

What are we doing at Althea?

Althea prides itself on breaking down technological barriers, and enhancing patient care, meaning we rely on a large, dynamic pool of talent. This includes the expertise and collaborative efforts of over 3,000 engineers, technicians, administrators, apprentices, and customer service specialists, all across the globe. We like to support our staff in their professional development, and alongside great training opportunities we also offer a great apprenticeship programme to help young people fire up their career – and explore those they may not have been familiar with before.

Here at Althea we want to shed light on our own amazing women in engineering. First stop is Carla Wood.

Before joining Althea, Carla served 15 years in the NHS starting at The Kent and Canterbury Hospital on placement where she studied her BEng in Electronics with Medical Electronics. She has had many roles within the NHS throughout the East of England including Medical Technical Officer, Senior Medical Electronics Engineer, Medical Devices Manager/Medical Devices Safety Lead alongside completing her MSc in Clinical Engineering. Carla joined Althea in 2014 as Clinical Equipment Manager before becoming MES Operations Manager in Peterborough. She is currently in phase one of submitting her CEng and hopefully will be the first Althea UK woman with CEng after her name!

Mehrnoosh Atashbiz completed work experience in 1998 whilst studying BSc in Biomedical Engineering back in Iran. She worked in Medical Equipment R&D Establishment as a Design Engineer before starting her career in the UK in 2004. Mehrnoosh worked as a Biomedical Engineer until 2006 when she was promoted to an EBME Workshop Supervisor. She studied MSc in Medical Electronics and Physics whilst working full time and completed the course in 2009. She is now a Service Manager for Althea.

Louise Spridgeon has completed two introductory level courses with us and is a mature student currently attending Peterborough College doing her Level Three Electronic and Electrical Engineering BTEC, whilst her son is now also attending college! Louise is enjoying working through the Althea training programme which I have developed for her.

Parisa and Samira Esfahani – Parisa is one of our amazing Power Systems Engineers while Samira joins us as one of our talented Biomedical Engineers (they’re sisters). Both have both completed several training courses, including more recently An Introduction to Anaesthesia and Ventilation.

Pegah Monem originally started at Althea as a Junior Biomedical Engineer from TBS, before being promoted to Senior Biomedical Engineer and has just been promoted to Lead Engineer at RNOH Stanmore. Well done Pegah!

Finally, Sue Simpson has a BEng (Hons) Electronic and Electrical Engineering, an MSc in Medical Physics and is a Registered Clinical Scientist. Sue started her career in the NHS in Radiotherapy Physics, moved to Clinical Engineering Management with a team of 20+ engineers and scientists for a 2000 bed NHS Trust before joining what is now Althea in 2006. Sue is currently UK Head of MES Operations for Althea and a member of the senior management team.

Happy International Women’s Day, to all our amazing staff – who bring an invaluable wealth of talent, skills and experience to Althea – and to you! #IWD2020 #EachforEqual

ALTHEA FRANCE A L’AAMB 2019

AAMB: Association des Agents de Maintenance Biomédicale

Althea France sera présente aux 37èmes journées techniques biomédicales de l’AAMB à Saint-Omer du 3 au 5 Décembre 2019.

Toutes nos équipes biomédicales, instrumentation, endoscopie et imagerie seront présentes et vous attendent nombreux au stand 28.

Au programme, rencontres avec nos techniciens, visite de nos ateliers en vidéo et en réalité virtuelle. Venez tester la réalité augmentée avec un casque à réalité virtuelle ! De nombreux cadeaux seront aussi au rendez-vous.

Nous vous attendons tous nombreux au stand 28 !

ALTHEA FRANCE A L’AFVAC 2019

AFVAC: Association Française des Vétérinaires pour Animaux de Compagnie

Althea France sera présente au congrès de l’AFVAC édition 2019 du 28 au 30 Novembre 2019 à Lyon.

Althea France s’intéresse aussi aux animaux et propose des solutions en imagerie aux vétérinaires. Scanner, IRM, radiologie, imagerie interventionnelle ou conventionnelle, venez rencontrer nos équipes au stand A19. En partenariat avec Seemed, nous vous accueillerons avec plaisir sur notre stand et des cadeaux vous seront mêmes offerts.

A très vite sur le stand A19.