Healthcare facilities that are constrained due to the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) have been using our customized tablets in cases of COVID-19 patients who have been placed in AIIR or isolation rooms. The tablet gives the patient and the healthcare professional the ability to communicate on their care without the risk of further spreading COVID-19.
Tablets are configured with curated patient education, telemedicine tools, and translation services for the healthcare personnel. Patients dealing with uncertainty, anxiety, and long hours of isolation get comfort from speaking with loved ones via Skype and the ability to access their favorite programming. Tablets have anti-microbial screens to reduce the risk of transmission, as well as built-in features like an auto-shutdown to protect patient health information.
As of April 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the following guidelines for hospitals caring for coronavirus patients:
Anyone entering a healthcare facility should be screened for fever and symptoms of COVID-19 before entering the facility.
Patients with known or suspected COVID-19 should be placed in a single-person room with the door closed and a dedicated bathroom. To the extent possible, these patients should be housed in the same room for the duration of their stay.
All personnel entering the room should use appropriate personal protective equipment.
AIIRs should be reserved for patients who are undergoing aerosol-generating procedures. in these cases, healthcare providers should be protected with N95 or higher respirators, eye protection, gloves, and a gown. Only essential providers should be present in the room during these procedures.
While the situation in the United States is changing rapidly—as of April 14, there were 584,000 confirmed cases and 24,000 deaths —we recognize that patients in hospital-isolation have unique needs, and that providers have unique challenges to communicate with and support those in isolation.
In the coming weeks and months, experts are expecting the number of cases to peak across the country at various times, with hot spots like New York City and Louisiana peaking earlier, followed by other large metropolitan centers and finally rural areas. The Wellness Network’s isolation tablet can be a powerful clinical tool that can provide your patients with the reassurance of evidence-based current information and a crucial link to the outside world during their treatment.
Get details about our isolation tablet designed to help protect healthcare personnel and engage patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.