Patient Safety in Hospitals with Infrared Screening.
Hospital infrared thermometers for slowing infection
At the start of the coronavirus disease 2019 crisis, many patients had their elective surgeries, check-ups, and exams postponed. To ensure patient safety in hospitals, healthcare professionals followed CDC guidelines. These guidelines focus on reducing the number of people who could expose others to infection. Now months later, hospitals must begin some necessary non COVID-19 related procedures and exams. The CDC has updated its guidelines for distancing, isolating, and screening to aid in this transition.
The goal is to return to caring for all patients while still slowing the virus spread. This is why many healthcare professionals rely on infrared temperature screening. At ICI, we offer high accuracy, contactless screening systems to serve both the public and hospital employees. Our three-component screeners are easy to integrate into existing security and admittance systems. With quick detection and alerts, our infrared solutions can play a key role in slowing infection and making a hospital safer.
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Benefits of Hospital Infrared Thermometers.
Our easy-to-use infrared solutions stand out from other hospital infrared thermometers. Every ICI system utilizes a thermal camera, a temperature reference, and a screen for maximum accuracy and speed.
- Centralized monitoring allows for the operation of all hospital cameras from one location
- Self-service kiosks designed for low-traffic employee entrances
- Attended solutions designed for high-traffic entrances
- Additional declaration forms are available with stations for further screening
- Optional touchless or touch screen operation
- Audible alarms and e-mail or text notifications quickly alert staff to a risk of infection
- Printed badges that display temperature results can control who accesses the facility
Self-service kiosks are perfect for employee entrances. Staff members follow on-screen prompts to have their temperature checked and results print out on a badge.
FAQs for Improving Patient Safety in Hospitals.
Below are some commonly asked questions regarding infrared thermometers vs thermal cameras.
How to ensure patient safety in hospitals?
The CDC has provided guidelines for hospital staff as non COVID-19 patients return for exams and surgeries. These extra precautions focus on detecting and isolating infection before it spreads. Hospitals should limit visitors to only those necessary for the care of patients. All who enter the facility must wear a face covering for source control. Staff should conduct temperature screening outside of the facility or at the door, to catch any elevated temperatures. Staff should also check their temperatures upon arriving. Symptomatic individuals should not enter the facility. Hospitals should arrange waiting rooms and break rooms to allow for social distancing. Physical barriers are also used to ensure that health care professionals don’t risk infection from patients and visitors. COVID-19 patients should be isolated in their own rooms and bathrooms.
Are thermal imaging cameras used in the medical industry?
Yes! Hospital grade infrared technology has many functions. They have previously conducted breast imaging, diagnostic support, and temperature screening. During the coronavirus outbreak, many hospitals are using infrared temperature screeners at entrances. Thermal cameras quickly and accurately detect elevated temperatures. This lessens the risk of infection entering and spreading in a facility.
What is an infrared temperature screening system?
The most accurate temperature screening systems have three essential components. A thermal camera and a temperature reference detect elevated temperatures. A screen displays results. Additional features like alerts and badges can also help. These further reduce infection spread by restricting access for those who might have symptoms. Whether it’s a self-scanning kiosk or an attended station, hospital infrared thermometers work to make a hospital safer.
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