Latest paper published:- Biomedical engineering and ethics: reflections on medical devices and PPE during the first wave of COVID-19 (September 2021)
Our latest paper on the interconnection between #science and #ethics, with a specific focus on #biomedicalengineering, #PPE, and #COVID19 is finally out.
In March 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that humanity was entering a global pandemic phase. This unforeseen situation caught everyone unprepared and had a major impact on several professional categories that found themselves facing important ethical dilemmas. The article revolves around the category of biomedical and clinical engineers, which were among those most involved in dealing with and finding solutions to the pandemic.
Declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020, after the first infections in China at the end of 2019, the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has become a global emergency and continued to spread across the world. No country, including Republic of Benin in Africa and Italy in Europe, has been able to escape this disease. Its impact on human health, is disrupting an interconnected world economy through global value chains, given the impact on the entire world population and the economy.
In Benin, from 14th March 2020, the evolution of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is epidemiologically recorded at 3363 cases confirmed, 95 cases recovered, 46 case dead (January 2021).
Even if the social contexts seem very different, the pandemic creates in healthcare systems of all around the world, a generalized condition of low-resource settings (LRSs), i.e., environments lacking means, specific knowledge, specialized personnel, medical devices, and drugs, and with inappropriate medical locations. In fact, while this condition was already familiar to low- and middle-income countries, COVID-19 has overwhelmingly reported LRS conditions in high-income countries, such as Europe. In addition, the social and ethical impact of the pandemic calls sociology and bioethics to reflect on the perception that the population has of this situation, i.e. the possibility to respect the measures of isolation, the availability of personal protection equipment, the criteria for access to the scarce health resources available.
Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre For International Development
Applied Biomedical Signal Processing and Intelligent e-Health Lab
15 March 2021 • 10-11am (UK time)
Alessia Maccaro - University of Warwick
Leandro Pecchia - University of Warwick
Davide Piaggio - University of Warwick
Marius Vignigbé - University of Abomey-Calavi
Roch A. Houngnihin - University of Abomey-Calavi
ODIN: we have been awarded a new H2020 research project for transforming the future of health care delivery in Hospitals using robots, IoT and AI
Demographic changes push the NHS to contain costs, while keeping healthcare safe and effective. Hospitals remain a critical node of the NHS accounting for the majority of helathcare costs.
We are part of a European team that has been awarded a new Horizon 2020 project, for changing clinical and logistic procedures in hospitals using Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and robots.
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The Applied Biomedical Signal Processing Intelligent eHealth (ABSPIE) Lab has been deeply dealing with COVID-19 since the first few cases in the UK.
Led by Dr Pecchia, the ABSPIE Lab multidisciplinary Team has been involved in several activities, briefly described below, giving a significant contribution to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.