His Majesty the King has graciously donated “Modular Swab Unit,” as part of the royal relief project to support ventilators and medical equipment in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. His Majesty the King has granted financial assistance to allow SCG deploying Modular Swab Units in 20 hospitals nationwide, as follows: 1. Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital, 2. Queen Savang Vadhana Memorial Hospital, 3. Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute, 4. Sakaeo Crown Prince Hospital, 5. Central Chest Institute of Thailand, 6. Police General Hospital, 7. Klang Hospital, 8. Somdej Phranangchaosirikit Hospital, Naval Medical Department, 9. Nakornpathom Hospital, 10. Ratchaburi Hospital, 11. Buddhachinaraj Phitsanulok Hospital, 12. Phaholpolpayuhasena Hospital, 13. Uttaradit Hospital, 14. Sawanpracharak Hospital, 15. Nakornping Hospital, 16. Udonthani Hospital, 17. Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital, 18. Suratthani Hospital, 19. Songklanagarind Hospital, and 20. Hatyai Hospital. At the initial phase, the king has donated the “Modular Swab Unit” to Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital under the supervision of the Royal Thai Air Force. Designed to mitigate COVID-19 infection risk among healthcare workers while offering medical care, the “Modular Swab Unit” helps curtail contact between healthcare workers and patients. It also integrates the air pressure control system and appropriate air quality along with UV germicide, which adequately helps limit the spread of the virus. The Modular Swab Unit can be deployed in space-constrained settings and done as quickly as within 3 days to promptly provide services to healthcare workers and the public. The handout has brought tremendous rejoicing to doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, and the people who are highly appreciative of his kindness. Air Chief Marshal Manat Wongwat, Air Force Commander, Air Chief Marshal Tarin Punsri, Assistant Air Force Commander, Air Marshal Kriangkrai Sothonchai, Directorate of Medical Services, Royal Thai Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Thaweepong Pajareya, Director of Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital, the management team of Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital, and Mr. Roongrote Rangsiyopash, President and CEO of SCG, attended the royal presentation ceremony of the Modular Swab Unit.
Air Marshal Kriangkrai Sothonchai, Directorate of Medical Services, Royal Thai Air Force, said, “His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen graciously showed their utmost kindness to the Royal Thai Air Force, and all healthcare workers of Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital, and donated “Modular Swab Unit” as part of their majesties’ royal relief project to support ventilators and medical equipment to curb the spread of COVID-19. His majesty offered financial aid through SCG to deploy such units in 20 hospitals throughout the nation. And Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital is among those hospitals.
The Royal Thai Air Force, all healthcare workers of Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital and people are overwhelmingly appreciative of his kindness. The “Modular Swab Unit” innovation will be used to provide swab testing for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, where the patients will receive the best care possible. The unit is a practical device to prevent infection risks among healthcare workers on the frontline and boost their morale, confidence, and safety while offering medical care.”
Air Vice Marshal Thaweepong Pajareya, Director of Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital, said, “Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital is the first hospital to graciously receive the ‘Modular Swab Unit,’ and we are overwhelmingly thankful of his utmost kindness. This royal relief effort will increase the morale of healthcare workers and benefit the general public who will receive the service at the hospital. The swab testing process poses a high risk of infection among healthcare workers. The Modular Swab Unit will efficiently help diminish transmission risk and ensure safety for doctors and healthcare workers, and enable them to provide adequate medical care for Thai people.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Roongrote Rangsiyopash, President and CEO of SCG and President of SCG Foundation, said, “SCG is highly pleased to be granted the royal grace and takes part in developing the Modular Swab Unit to help safeguard doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers. This support signifies recognition of their sacrifice and dedication to provide care for patients and protect the people during the pandemic. The Modular Swab Unit is developed from SCH HEIM and Living Solution technology, which integrated the air pressure control system and airflow system to keep the air clean and safe.
The unit is equipped with airtightness system which effectively keeps the room sealed and prevent air migrating in and out of the building. With these systems, efficient air pressure control is maintained, boosting confidence and ensuring safety among healthcare workers while offering care. The Modular Swab Unit is currently deployed next to a screening point of Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital. The deployment will help streamline patient screening and testing. Despite the hospital’s space-constrained setting, with excellent cooperation from the hospital coupled with expertise and experience of the installers, the deployment was able to be complete within 3 days and ready to open for service to healthcare workers and people.”
The Modular Swab Unit is developed from the SCG HEIM and Living Solution technology. The testing room reserved for suspected COVID-19 cases is designed with Smart Indoor Air Quality (IAQ Smart), which maintains adequate air pressure and airflow to ensure clean and safe air. The airtightness system will keep the unit sealed and prevent air migration, resulting in effective pressure control in the room. Healthcare workers will be in a positive pressure room where the contaminated air will be barred to ensure a clean and safe environment. The suspected patients will be in a negatively pressurized room equipped with constant suction to prevent the virus from escaping, ensuring safety among medical teams. The swabbing process is performed through an acrylic sheet that allows doctors to insert their hands through a plastic glove-covered slot to collect the sample, lowering the risk of contracting the virus from patients. Plus, the UV germicide, concentrated UV radiation, is applied to kill the virus after each use. About 80 percent of the structure is made in SCG’s factories where the quality and the cleanliness of the units are under control throughout the manufacturing process. The structure is designed quick and easy deployment.