Healthcare facilities who 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 March 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the following guidelines for hospitals caring for coronavirus patients:
Patients with known or suspected COVID-19 should be cared for in a single-person room with the door closed. Airborne Infection Isolation Rooms (AIIRs) should be reserved for patients undergoing aerosol-generating procedures [e.g., sputum induction, open suction of the airways, high-flow oxygen, noninvasive positive pressure ventilation].Further, patients with suspected COVID-19 infection, including respiratory symptoms, should be rapidly triaged and isolated to prevent the further spread of the virus within the hospital. In this circumstance, isolation in an examination room with the door closed is recommended. In all cases, healthcare professionals who interact with patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection need to follow strict Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) protocols.
While the situation in the United States is changing rapidly—as of March 16, there were 3,487 confirmed cases and 68 deaths, with rapid expansion of the pandemic considered likely —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 predicting the United States healthcare system will be forced to deal with greater numbers of COVID-19 patients, some with serious and life-threatening illness. 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.