SCG Foundation has donated modular screening and swab units innovation for patients under investigation that can be installed within only two days at Rajavithi Hospital for the first time. The units allow medical screening to be carried out efficiently and safely by separating areas for medical professionals and patients as well as providing appropriate air pressure and air quality, thus decreasing the chances of infection among medical professionals and patients undergoing screening for the COVID-19 virus.
Mr. Somkiat Lalitwongsa, M.D., Director of Rajavithi Hospital has revealed that, “Though it has been more than three months since the first patient walked through our doors, there is still a large number of new patients and patients under investigation coming in to be screened for the virus at the hospital’s Acute Respiratory Infection Clinic or the ARI Clinic. The hospital welcomes the support from SCG Foundation in providing efficient screening units that can handle the increasing number of patients coming in for screening. The modular screening and swab units for patients under investigation for COVID-19 are separated from the main hospital building, which lowers the risk of contracting the virus for doctors, nurses, other medical professionals, as well as other patients.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Nithi Patarachoke, Committee Member of SCG Foundation and President, Cement-Building Materials Business, has revealed that, “SCG is concerned about the doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals working in hospitals who are the first responders in the fight to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Thus, SCG has designed and adapted the technologies and innovation founded by SCG HEIM and SCG Living Solution in order to develop the modular screening and swab units that can be installed in only two days which we have donated to the doctors and nurses at Rajavithi Hospital in order to supported them to handle the increasing number of patients during the spread of the disease. Moreover, this innovation can help lower the risk of medical professionals and patients at the hospital contracting the virus.”
Mr. Wachirachai Koonamwattana, Head of Living Solution Business, SCG Cement-Building Materials Business, has added that, “After our team had studied the needs and observed the operations carried out by the doctors and nurses at the hospital, we were able to develop the modular screening and swab units for patients under investigation that can address crucial issues. Over 70-80 percent of the structure is made in our factories where the quality and the cleanliness of the units are under control throughout the manufacturing process, while the units are also designed to provide appropriate air pressure, thus, the medical team inside the units will not be exposed to contaminated air from outside as the air in the units are safe and pure. Meanwhile, patients under investigation will be in another closed unit that does not allow air to escape which ensures that the medical team will be safe.”
The units offer a pressure control and air flow system that is clean, safe, and lowers the risk of infection as well as an air tightness system that prevents dust, noises, and air from flowing in and out of the building.
Moreover, the air pressure inside the modular screening unit is controlled to drive out the contaminated air while the bio-polar ion will latch itself to any molecules of the virus that may have escaped. Doctors and nurses remain in an airtight room and question patients through a clear partition using a communication system. Meanwhile, the modular swab unit is designed to separate patients in a pressurized room in order to prevent the virus from spreading while using concentrated UV radiation to kill the virus (UV Germicide) after each use. The swabbing process is done through an acrylic sheet that allows doctors to place their hands through a plastic glove-covered slot to collect the sample, lowering the risk of contracting the virus from patients. Meanwhile, all units are separated into cells that can be individually shut down in emergencies when there is a breach between the medical staff area and patient area.
SCG Foundation has also donated 12 modular bathroom units to Rajavithi Hospital. The structure of the bathrooms are made using ready-to-use lightweight concrete which are easy to disinfect for good hygiene. The bathrooms also provide separate areas for medical professionals and patients undergoing screening.
The Modular Screening & Swab Units as well as the Modular Bathrooms are innovative equipment that have been developed and adapted with the determination of the SCG team in order to enable the operations of doctors and nurses in the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 virus to remain safe, speedy, and with the least obstacles possible.