20th Sep

2017

Pressure Increases for Isolation Technology Advancements

Isolation is top of mind for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as global care providers. TIME Magazine’s recent cover story has us thinking about the reemergence of Ebola and, with three new deaths reported last month, it’s clear we need to continue innovating isolation technology to stay ahead of the next outbreak.

Isolation has moved from cots in tents to negative pressure units and full bio suits. The CDC recommends hundreds of precautionary procedures to manage patient care in clinics and hospitals.

But what about the early stages of care, when the patient needs to be moved to a facility? How do we protect the community and other travelers? Here are several of the latest advancements in isolation to reduce transmission.

Traveling Isolation Units

When it may be unsafe to transport a patient or expose an entire hospital to a transmittable illness, this hospital can be transported directly to the patient. AMoHS, a Colorado company, developed the Mobile Isolation and Containment Unit. It travels to the patient with trained hospital staff on board. This reduces the need for airline or vehicle transportation and keeps traditional hospital safe from contamination.

Air Medical Transport Units

Osmoco, out of Quebec, Canada, designed this Bio Containment Patient Transport System. Osmoco’s Air Ambulance team created an integrated stretcher system with life support equipment and minimal waste. The patient is isolated and ventilated with a battery-operated system capable of 11 hours of independence as well as two backup systems including a manually powered one. Bio containment units have negative air pressure, with up to 20 air changes per hour and a HEPA-filtered exhaust system

Remote Assessment and Monitoring

Telehealth has made huge advances in the past several years and effectively uses technology to bring communicable disease expertise to remote cases. Providers utilize Bluetooth stethoscopes with patient sensors, remote devices to monitor vital signs and wireless-capable X-ray systems to send images directly to radiologists. Patient data is reviewed and monitored from mobile or portable isolation areas. Companies such as Silicon Valley’s VSee can install equipment within two hours. VSee software allows up to four device images to be sent simultaneously, so the provider see the patient’s face and monitor other images without toggling.

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