Vijayawada, Apr 11: As a part of Covid19 preparedness measures to tackle the spread of virus, Railway Hospital here has come up with a unique way by developing as swab collection window.
A swab collection window is developed converting one of the windows of the of ENT clinic of Railway Hospital, Vijayawada using glass pane fixing two gloves. The main objective is to prevent the spread of droplet or aerosol infection to doctor from the COVID suspected patients and ensure safer environment for Doctors while collecting the throat swab samples.
The testing method involves collection of samples from inside the Clinic. The suspected coronavirus-infected individual, whose samples are being taken, has to walk up to the booth and stand in exterior front of the glass pane. The doctor inserts hands through the glass pane fixed gloves, the patient is directed to open mouth, and swab is collected without any physical contact. The swab collected from the patients are kept in Viral transport Medium and preserved in cold chain for dispatching it to testing centers of State Government. After the collection of throat swab sample the gloves and window would be disinfected with Sodium Hypo Chlorite before proceeding to take the next sample. The collection process is fully non-exposing to Doctor and gets over in two minutes. This significantly reduce manpower requirement and prevents the aerosol/ droplet infection in case of any coughing. Speaking on the occasion, Naseer Hussain, Assistant Chief Medical Superintendent, Railway Hospital, Vijayawada said that it is the safest, cost effective way in the similar lines of phone booth testing method recently developed in Kerala to collect the swab samples without any physical contact from the suspicious patients. “Isolation wards and quarantine facilities are being strictly monitored and frequent disinfection is being carried out to curtail the spread,” he added. (UNI)