Medical equipment for COVID and others
Medical equipment for COVID and others: preventing the spread of infections in hospitals
Controlling the spread of infections, such as coronavirus (COVID-19), is an essential issue in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Both patients and healthcare professionals are at risk of contracting a virus or other infectious diseases in a hospital or nursing home.
Infection control is even more important during a healthcare facility’s pandemic or infectious disease outbreak. There are several ways to prevent and control infections in the hospital setting. For example, healthcare professionals follow strict hand hygiene standards. Attendants ensure the cleaning and decontamination of equipment and furniture.
Personal protective equipment, such as gloves, masks, and eye protection, is available to healthcare workers.
Despite all the preventive measures in place, the risk of transmission of a virus or infectious disease remains high when medical personnel must transport an infected patient from one hospital unit to another. For example, when a patient with COVID-19 needs to be transported to the intensive care unit, it is often necessary to move them through other hospital areas. As a result, there is a risk that the patient will infect patients or medical staff around them. This risk of contamination can be reduced, and the spread of infectious diseases can be better controlled during patient transport by using medical equipment for COVID and others, including a portable isolation chamber.
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Medical equipment for COVID and others: the portable isolation chamber
The portable isolation room is a Quebec-made product designed during the COVID-19 pandemic to allow for the safe transport of patients from one hospital unit to another. The risk of infecting other patients and medical staff around them can be reduced by placing the infected patient under the portable isolation room while being transported to another hospital unit. In addition, the portable isolation room is designed to be universally attached to transport stretchers currently available on the market. This means that the portable isolation room can be easily installed no matter what type of stretcher is used in the healthcare facility.
The portable isolation chamber has several features that make it safe medical equipment for COVID-19. For example, its structure is made of stainless steel and is easy to clean. All joints in the isolation chamber are sealed to help prevent infection. In addition, the flexible vinyl liner has been tested to ensure it is resistant to the cleaning products used by healthcare facilities. The portable isolation room is safe from an infection control perspective, but it is also safe for the healthcare professionals who will have to handle it. This medical equipment weighs only 17 pounds and has a rigid structure. One or two people can easily remove it. Finally, the portable isolation room also ensures patient safety. For example, it provides approximately 26.5 inches of interior clearance for the patient. In addition, tubing can be run under the vinyl liner to provide IV fluids or ventilation to the patient.
Medical equipment for COVID and others: the intensive care stretcher-bed
The Patient Care Bed Stretcher is another piece of medical equipment manufactured in Quebec that was designed during the COVID-19 pandemic to meet the hospital bed needs of hospitals and healthcare facilities during this critical period. This medical equipment is recommended in hospital intensive care units, long-term care facilities, and retirement homes. Some of the features of the stretcher-bed reflect the emphasis on infection control in its design. For example, the vinyl mattress cover is treated with an antimicrobial and is resistant to cleaning products commonly used in hospitals. An antimicrobial pillow cover is also available upon request.
The Patient Care Stretcher also has several ergonomic features that focus on patient and healthcare professional comfort. For example, the stretcher has a carrying handle and four double wheels that can be locked with a central brake system to facilitate movement. The stretcher is also adjustable in height from 22 to 38 inches, thanks to electric mechanisms. An easy-to-use hand-wired remote controls these. An optional foot mechanism can be added, allowing the healthcare professional to keep his or her hands free while adjusting the stretcher.
The stretcher bed has a 4-inch orthopedic mattress to provide optimal patient comfort. It also has safety rails on each side. These are 24 inches long but are also available in an extended version. Finally, the patient care stretcher bed can be equipped with an IV pole if needed.
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Other medical equipment for COVID
Ensuring good hand hygiene is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spreading of infections, such as COVID-19, in hospitals and healthcare facilities. Installing ergonomic utility tablets near hand sanitizer dispensers is one way to promote hand hygiene best practices among medical staff. For example, the HealthCentric Hand Hygiene Utility Shelf allows healthcare professionals and staff to place what they hold to properly sanitize their hands before entering a patient’s room. This shelf is very safe and easy to use. It can be lowered with the forearm, can support a load of up to 120 pounds, and has a non-slip surface. In addition, it poses no safety risk to patients or medical personnel, as it is the same thickness as standard handrails when closed.
Treatment chairs are commonly used in hospitals and other healthcare facilities where patients with COVID-19 or other infectious diseases are treated. Many treatment chairs are designed to allow for simple and effective cleaning. For example, on the Foster patient recliner, the back and seat covers are removable to clean the chair thoroughly. On the TRIAD treatment chair as well as the HEMA+ treatment chair, the cushions are seamless, which helps prevent infection. In addition, on both of these treatment chairs, the cushion fabric has received an antimicrobial treatment. It has also been tested to ensure it is resistant to hospital cleaning products, including Oxivir and Virox. Features like these are essential when infection control is a priority.